There has been a lot of discussion on Tea Chat as of late on the ethics of Teavana. I had never been to one of their stores so I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I wound up wandering this very small store for half an hour, mostly oggling the teaware. The staff was friendly and helpful, not the rude and pushy types that I have heard about.
Unfortunately, while I was distracted a very convincing salesperson did manage to corner my boyfriend. He loved one of the mixed blends so she easily talked him into buying an infuser mug, two different teas and a too large tin to store his new tea in. I feel bad for not having rescued him in time but atleast this means that his tea conversion is progressing nicely :). I was in search of cups to match the kyusu that will be on its way soon but I didn’t have much luck. I did manage to pick up a copy of Liquid Jade by Beatrice Hohenegger for 50% off though. It is my new commute read and there will be a review of it as soon as I am done.