Tea Retailer Profiles

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...

From Tech to Tea

By Janis Hashe It might seem a long way from an optical communications network to a classically styled teashop in Mountain View, Calif., but for former JDS Uniphase production manager Stephen Chien and his wife and partner Ann, it’s a dream come true. The Chiens, originally from Taiwan, immigrated in 1980, initially to Minnesota, then to California’s Silicon Valley...

Matcha in Monterey

By Janis Hashe Cha-ya caters to sophisticated green tea drinkers Born and raised in Toyko, Mitsuko Gammon moved to the United States 40 years ago, only to find her options for quality tea were very limited. For many years, she had relatives send her the teas she wanted from Japan. But in 2005, she...

Tea Retail: The Tortoise and the Hare

In May 2014 the Beverly Hills Teavana Fine Tea + Tea Bar opened to fanfare on the busiest corner in the city. Starbucks had literally cut the baby in half to create this shop, cleaving it from an existing and very successful Starbucks location. The company then gilded a towering architectural feature to brand...

Infini-T Café Adds Spice to Tea Business

By Stephenie Overman The Infini-T Café & Spice Souk blends the owner’s love of tea, spices and good food, giving visitors to the Princeton, N.J. tea room the olfactory sense that they’ve been transported to a Middle Eastern bazaar. Mary Fritschie, who opened the tea room about four years ago with a family friend,...

Organic Tea Retail Pioneer SerendipiTea

MANHASSET, NY – SerendipiTea celebrates its 20th Anniversary this week with renewed commitment to its founding principles. In 1995 Tomislav Podreka and Linda Villano launched the company from a 5th floor walk-up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Two years later they had outgrown the apartment and moved to Southwestern Connecticut where they established themselves...

Catching the Third Wave

By Peter Surowski Tea importer Taylor Drye and his company Mad Monk Tea are profitably stocking the shelves of third-wave coffee houses. “Demand for specialty and single-origin coffee is growing, and this presents a big opportunity for tea importers who are willing to put in some leg work”, says Drye who runs a small...