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Billy Corgan Opens Tea Shop

By Michael Nelson

Billy Corgan (©EMI)

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, Corgan has opened 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 played acoustic sets at the teashop.

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Oct 21, 2012 6:06AM
Oct 21, 2012 6:05AM
smashin' crows and countin' punkins- 2 very mediocre bands. Billy ChromeDome? Creepiest looking rock "star" ever. He gots the vampire eye teeth, too!
Oct 15, 2012 9:41AM
Congratulations, if I were in Chi Town I would visit. Maybe one day. Do you have a Zuzu's rose pedal tea?  :-).
Oct 6, 2012 7:51AM
I think he woke up one day and decided to try to be Moby.
Sep 21, 2012 9:14AM
Congratulations to Billy Corgan on his new venture! I hope you do very well, sir.
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