Tea Retailer Profiles

Canadian Sommelier Opened The Tea Lounge

LONDON, Canada What does it take to be a tea shop owner in Canada? It helps to know something about both the leaf and the retail business. Successful owners are typically enthusiastic and dauntless. Michelle Pierce Hamilton is that and more. A Canadian certified tea sommelier and a registered nutritionist who founded beTeas, she...

Asha Tea House Supports Enjoying Life

“Asha” is Taiwanese for “someone who enjoys life,” and the Asha Tea House locations support this philosophy while offering a friendly and contemporary atmosphere. David and Diana Lau opened the first Asha Tea House in Berkeley, California, in 2012 and a second location in San Francisco in autumn of 2016. David and Diana were...

Souvia Focuses on Community as Arizona Oasis

On a “mission to slow Americans down one sip at a time,” Souvia tearoom owner Olivia Wingert offers a tearoom of respite in north-central Phoenix, Arizona, that features high-quality tea, education and place for people to gather and connect as a close-knit community. Souvia was founded in 2006 by Wingert, who moved to Arizona...

Sri Lankan-Australian Fusion Cafe

GEELONG, Australia Hoppers and tea A favorite in Sri Lankan homes, hoppers are bowl-shaped crepes (aappa), made from rice flour and coconut milk fermented together to make a batter that is formed into a deep concave. They take hours to create but just minutes to shape and fill with a huge assortment of toppings...

Teahouse Charms Melbourne, Australia

Afternoon tea at Claridge’s hotel in Mayfair or the opulent Ritz on Piccadilly in London can be no less a celebration than an afternoon in Brunswick, Australia at Mary Eats Cake. That’s the view of proprietor Sarah de Witt, who invested in a chandelier of substance and fine china to rival the stylishly luxurious...

Beauty and the Beast Inspires Tea Interest Worldwide

The live-action Beauty and the Beast film comeback has infiltrated the world of tea across the globe. The classic story features Belle, a young woman held captive in a castle by a beast. While there, she befriends the castle’s staff. A close friend and confidant of hers is a teapot named Mrs. Potts, who...

English Tea Shop Takes on the World

A recent article on Minutehack.com, which features business-focused stories for entrepreneurs and executives, highlighted the British tea company the English Tea Shop. The independent 7-year-old company, it reports, is “riding a wave of demand for high-quality, organic food and drink” with its range of more than 130 varieties of teas and tisanes produced at...

Red Robe Tea House Offers Gong Fu Tea Service

The Red Robe Tea House & Café brings authentic Southern Chinese culture to Portland, Oregon, while still appealing to Western preferences. “I combined the traditional Chinese and Western tastes,” said co-owner Pearl Zhang. “I also came up with this using both creativity and delicacy.” Customers who dine there get an all-encompassing Cantonese cultural experience....

Innovation: Tea Untied

Beverage retailers from Acosta and Dunkin’ Donuts to Starbucks and Peet’s Coffee & Tea feature wholly owned house tea brands. Chicago-based Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea is pioneering a more open way to showcase specialty tea. CHICAGO, Ill. Michael Schultz prizes selection over gross margins. “Choice is what matters,” he says, and when he opens...

The Tilted Teacup: A Piece of England in Florida

Set on a historic property and featuring events to match, the Tilted Teacup Tea Room & Boutique strives to give customers an authentic English tea experience. The owners, Aimee and John Gans, opened the Tilted Teacup in 2012 and business has been growing ever since. John Gans, a former US Army mechanic, said he...