Hello! And welcome to Nellie’s Tea and Gifts. Nellie’s is all about tea and everything related. Established in late 2003, our mission is to offer the highest quality teas at a good value, educate our consumers about the wonderful world of tea, and promote the culture and civility associated with having tea.
Roses Ivy Tea Pots
Our teas are carefully selected from a variety of suppliers, whose credentials and contacts in tea growing regions we trust implicitly. Along with tea, we also carefully choose an array of specialty items not found in other places. This includes accoutrements, tea service pieces, books related to tea, cards, jewelry, and unique gifts especially chosen for the tea lover. We offer a selection of teas appropriate for a beginner, a connoisseur, and anyone in between. And, if you want to learn more about tea, we’re happy to share our knowledge with you.
Products and Services:
•Retail hours and limited seating four days a week, or by appointment in our South Portland show room
•Custom blending for your business, special event, or home
•Catered tea parties at off site venue or your venue; great for showers, luncheons, club meetings, and business organizations
•Tea tasting classes
•Tea culture special events: like Lunar New Year celebrations, Art Displays, Holiday events, cultural tea ceremony
•Training of service and kitchen staff for restaurants and cafes wishing to offer a fine tea service to their menu
•Speaking to your organization or group about a variety of tea topics
Nellie’s is owned by Marianne Russo, one of a select group of Certified Tea Specialists in the world. A member of the U.S. Tea Association and the Specialty Tea Institute, she has been fortunate to study with the “stars” of the world of tea, such as:… Pearl Dexter of TEA, A Magazine, John Harney, founder of Harney and Sons Fine Teas, Richard Guzauskas, consultant to numerous tea companies, Dan Roberston, owner of The Tea House and World Tea Tours, and so many other fine professionals. Marianne has traveled to China and Japan to learn about the cultures of tea firsthand, and attends several professional industry events.