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    Tea Places: Teavana – Newport Mall, Jersey City

    It’s been a long time since I had a tea place to write about in New Jersey. Where’s the tea love New Jersey? I live in a veritable tea desert so I was excited to see that my local mall would be getting a Teavana. Even if you aren’t a fan, something is better than nothing in my book. They had literally just opened the day before my visit so things were still crowded and a bit flustered. Unfortunately the staff seemed to have been trained under the “old” regime because pushy sales tactics were spotted over and over again. I also overheard a staff member tell a customer that a Chinese and…


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    Where’s the tea love New Jersey?

    I proudly call the state of New Jersey home. It’s the land of Bon Jovi, Springsteen and 24 hour diners. Much to my chagrin, the one thing that we do not have a lot of is tea. I live a short train ride from NYC and the difference in tea cultures is astounding. The Big Apple is experiencing a veritable tea renaissance, unlike anything that I have seen. The two places are very different but I’m still left wondering, where’s the tea love New Jersey? The closest local tea purveyors to me that do not require a Hudson River crossing are a bubble tea place and a coffee shop with a collection of…