Billy Corgan Opens Tea Shop

By Michael Nelson / September 12, 2012

Billy Corgan already wears plenty of hats — influential musician, published poet, wrestling mogul, obsessive Cubs fan — but there’s always room for another cap on that gleaming dome. So why not add small-business owner to the list? To that end, tomorrow, Corgan will open the doors of his new Madam Zuzu’s teashop in Highland Park, a suburb north of Chicago.

“I’m a tea guy,” said Corgan in a statement. “I’ve always wanted to open a salon like this for everyone to enjoy.”

Madame Zuzu’s (an It’s A Wonderful Life reference? Some gnostic tribute to the letter ‘Z’?) is reportedly inspired by the Chinoise teahouses found in Paris during the 1930s, and will feature (alongside a rotating menu of teas): live music, photo galleries and art displays, and a 1930s Bösendorfer upright piano imported from Finland.

To kick things off, Billy himself will be playing acoustic sets at the teashop tomorrow starting at 11 a.m. Should be a good time. Go here for info.