Owned by Starbucks, Teavana is primed to promote tea to the masses. Oprah has even endorsed the chain by allowing the tea company to use her name for Oprah Chai, laced with cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. Meanwhile, customers can purchase made-to-order scoops of traditional green, white and oolong tea. Those may sound fairly standard, but according to Teavana officials, the company takes up to a year to finalize its selection of teas. Locations: 3 Stanford Shopping Center, Palo Alto; Valey Fair Shopping Center, 2855 Stevens Creek Blv d., Santa Clara. www.teavana.com. October/November 2014 81 TK TK TK TK TK TK TK TK tk tK TK TK Teavana Teavana wants to bring you to Nirvana, especially after getting a whiff of Marshmallow Macaroon or Chocolate Bananas Foster. With names that ring familiar, these are training-wheel teas for everyone, especially the young set. After all, the vibe of techno music and the windows showcasing fiesta-colored mugs certainly appeal to youthful sippers. At Valley Fair and Stanford Shopping malls, “teaologists” sell cups of hot and iced teas to go, as well as bags of loose leaf and herbal blends. No sitting areas are available, but you can stand and help yourself to a tiny cup of the featured seasonal tea. With names that ring familiar, these are training-wheel teas for everyone, especially the young set.
South Bay Accent - Oct/Nov 2014
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