Carrie Rengers

ICTea to open near 32nd and Rock Road this month

The ICT is getting a new tea shop named after it.

Joey Lynes is opening ICTea to sell boba tea, which also is known as bubble tea.

“That’s one of those regional deals on what people call it,” he says.

ICTea will open in the middle of the month in about 2,200 square feet at 3300 N. Rock Road where Original Skin was before moving to Andover.

Tea will be the main focus.

Boba tea is a black or green tea that’s then flavored. Lynes says he’ll have almost 20 flavors from which to choose.

There also are tapioca pearls at the bottom of the drink to provide texture.

“It’s really popular in, like, China and Taiwan,” Lynes says.

It’s also popular in Oklahoma City where a similar business regularly has people lined out the door, Lynes says. That’s partly what inspired him to start his business.

Lynes has been managing table games in Mulvane and Oklahoma casinos for the last decade.

His new business will have appetizers in addition to tea.

“It’s going to be mostly Vietnamese inspired,” Lynes says.

His wife, Kathy Pham, is Vietnamese.

So is Lynes, he jokes, “only on the inside.”

Adam Clements of Builders Inc. handled the deal. Builders manages the center where ICTea is opening.

Lynes says he and Pham have sold some of their tea in other places already, such as Pham’s Nails & Beyond salon.

“They’re really popular already.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers