Now open! Murchie’s Fine Tea! The Murchie’s shop on South Granville is located at 110-1501 West Broadway, the corner of Broadway and Granville in the Clock Tower building. Tea is the heart of Murchie’s… Murchie’s Fine Tea will be focused solely on providing the finest in tea and the tea experience for their customers! Murchie’s Afternoon Blend is their Signature tea. The No10 Blend and the Queen Victoria Blend are over 100 years old. Both green and black blends, they were considered innovative for the 1890’s. The CBC Radio Blend marked the 60th Anniversary of Canada’s beloved radio network. Did you know? Murchie’s makes their own tea bags! The quality is top-notch and consistent. Murchie’s very own recipe; preserves are made locally by hand in small batches to ensure quality. Murchie’s Scone Mixes, in cranberry, blueberry and original flavour are delicious! The lemon curd, made from scratch, is phenominal! Murchie’s very own recipe; preserves are made locally by hand in small batches to ensure quality. A colourful selection of china will also be available at the South Granville shop. Community Spirit: The first Wednesday of every month is Seniors’ Day at Murchie’s on South Granville. Seniors will receive a percentage off of tea and coffee purchases, as well as deals on preserves and more. Please ask in-store for full details. 

Murchie’s a bit mopey from his dental surgery, but he agreed to pose with THE FIRES OF HEAVEN by Robert Jordan. As per usual, I’m reading the e-book and using the 2.5” thick paper copy to track my progress. #murchieplusbooks



Kevin Murchie certainly made an impression on one of his students. Janet Juarez is now a freshman at Yale University. Without him, she believes her experience at Garfield Senior High School would have been much different, and certainly less rigorous. As a result, she nominated him for a special award.


He won. The Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions recognized him as a recipient of the 2014 Yale Educator Award.


“Receiving this award, any award for that matter, for teaching is humbling,” Murchie said. “We didn’t become teachers for fame or glory; we do it because we have a love for learning, community, and helping people. Thus, the true honor is that a student took the time to do this for me. Teaching is, largely, a thankless profession. Rarely does anyone take the time to say thank you for the sacrifices that we make. So, it is moments like this, when a young person feels compelled to tell you and others how important it all was and will be, that you made a difference in their lives, that makes it all worth it. When the alarm goes off in those early a.m. hours, it is moments like these, relationships with students, these types of success stories, that motivate me to get out of bed and take on the day again.”


Students entering Yale’s Class of 2018 nominated outstanding educators who deeply affected their lives. Juarez, a 2014 Garfield graduate, recommended Murchie for his critical role in shaping her future. 


“As an Advanced Placement English Language teacher, Mr. Murchie did more than prepare my class …for the AP exam,” Juarez states in her letter of recommendation. “Although several teachers opposed it, he had my class … read novels such as ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain and ‘Into the Wild’ by Jon Krakauer because he wanted us to face several problems plaguing our society instead of pretending they did not exist.”


He also was also the faculty sponsor of the school newspaper, The Scuttlebutt, and she was the editor. He encouraged students to express their thoughts about any topic. As a result, Juarez learned to appreciate the ideas of other students, even when their opinions contrasted with her own. “Besides increasing our societal awareness, Mr. Murchie helped many students, myself included, appreciate writing,” Juarez says.


This award recognizes educators who inspire and help their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. This year’s nominees represent 39 states and 20 countries. Murchie is one of 53 teachers who received this honor, along with an engraved desk set.

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