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Plant yourself at this new spot now open for coffee, tea in Boise

Tasmyn Raleigh and a few of her employees originally had the idea for Moss Coffee and Tea, a new shop in Downtown Boise, while working together at Café Crane in Eagle.
Tasmyn Raleigh and a few of her employees originally had the idea for Moss Coffee and Tea, a new shop in Downtown Boise, while working together at Café Crane in Eagle.

In the shadow of downtown's McCarty Building, Tasmyn Raleigh sat in a fold-up chair in front of her new shop.

Light alternative music spilled out of the open doorway to passers-by. Raleigh offered a smile as they walked by.

Moss Coffee and Tea held its grand opening Monday, propping the shop door open and greeting curious Boiseans poking their heads in. The shop has been serving its products since its weeks-long soft open beginning June 26.

Located at 208 N. Ninth St., its front window offers a view of a bustling Boise street and Mixed Greens across the way.

Inside, the shop is home to a outward-facing counter top and a single table with a modest scramble of chairs. While the storefront doesn't offer any seating, Raleigh hopes to remedy that as soon as their permit is approved by the city.

The menu offers a familiar array of coffee options, plus several styles of tea, including hybrid flavors and more experimental styles. To top it off, Moss also offers several baked goods, most notably different-flavored cinnamon rolls.

“(We want it to feel) like you’re hanging out in someone’s kitchen and dining room,” Raleigh said. “But it still has a clean look.”

Raleigh, originally a native of Nampa, returned to the Treasure Valley after living in New York and Dallas for a combined 15 years.

Raleigh said while she yearned to get away from Idaho and see the sights when she was younger, she found herself drawn back to Idaho.

The shop’s name, Moss, is a memento of that feeling, referencing a relatively lesser-known area between Nampa and Caldwell of the same name.

“Moss signifies Nampa,” Raleigh said. “Also it’s such a fluffy name, and such a pretty plant. It signifies a happy childhood, good friends and family.”

Raleigh is also the owner of Café Crane at 3130 E. State St. in Eagle, where Moss’ baked goods are still made and transported over.

“We kind of just dreamed up this place,” Raleigh said.

She and a few of her employees originally had the idea for Moss while working together at Café Crane. The original plan was to open it in the Boise Bench area, but Raleigh jumped on the opportunity to rent its current location downtown last October. The space used to house The Shop at 208, a tattoo parlor.

Once Moss’ business license was approved in February, Raleigh and two employees at Café Crane, siblings Lizzy and Peter Waters, began transferring to the new shop and preparing it for business.

"We kept saying, ‘two weeks, two weeks,’" Raleigh said. “Peter spent countless nights painting and scrubbing floors and installing wallpaper. We had a ton of help from family and friends.”

After several personal opening date goals — including the Treefort Music Festival, Mother’s Day and the summer’s first farmers market — passed, Moss is now open for business, where all three of them can be seen biking into work and chatting with customers as they serve them.

“Everything is local; everything is homemade,” Lizzy Waters said. “We try to provide a friendly environment where customers come back and have ongoing conversations with us. Especially with the name, it’s all about (Raleigh’s) roots and getting to know the community.”

Moss is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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