Billy Corgan Opens Tea Shop
After more than a year in the making, Smashing Pumpkins frontman/singer Billy Corgan will open Madame ZuZu’s teashop to residents of Highland Park, Illinois. The shop, located just outside Chicago, opens for business on Thursday, September 13, 2012. It’s designed to serve as a social hub for the community, blending tea drinkers with the arts. Drawing from Corgan’s love of music from the 30’s, Madame ZuZu’s is a “Chinoise” inspired teahouse, like those found in Paris during the same period.
“I’m a tea guy and living in Highland Park since 2003, I’ve always wanted to open a salon like this for everyone to enjoy,” describes Corgan. “This is a place with no age boundaries. We hope to attract everyone from young students to seniors. With a blend of music, photo galleries, art displays and speakers, I think Madame ZuZu’s offers something for everyone.”
Madame ZuZu’s boasts a gentle atmosphere featuring a rotating menu of teas from across the globe, plus light vegan pastries from all spheres. Inside the salon is a unique item that directly relates to Corgan’s music appreciation: a 1930’s Bösendorfer upright piano imported from Finland to give the salon a base for music performances.
As the vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter for Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is one of the most compelling figures in rock. He has led the band to great success: the Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history having sold more than 30 million albums, and won multiple Grammy Awards in the process. In June 2012, the band released the critically acclaimed album Oceania. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart at #4 and earned the #1 spot on the Independent Albums Chart. In 2004, he published Blinking with Fists, a book of poetry that debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list.
For the opening Corgan will be playing several acoustic sessions throughout the day. Madame ZuZu’s hours of operation will be Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and closed on Mondays.