BELLOCQ TEA

Bellocq Tea Atelier

Greenpoint, New York

(*Previously - Kings Road, London)

 

BELLOCQ, the award-winning tea company and purveyor of evocative artisan blends, has relocated their 'tea atelier' to Greenpoint, New York following the success of their Kings Road, London shop, Bellocq Tea Atelier. The business, which offers a unique and evocative line of handcrafted blends, with seductive names such as ‘Kikuya’, ‘Le Hammeau’ and ‘Noble Savage’, also curates an inspiring selection of the organic full leaf teas. Bellocq is refining the luxury tea business to suit the evolving and sophisticated taste of the modern client.

THE STORY of Bellocq is one of passion and discovery. Bellocq’s founders, Heidi Johannsen Stewart, Michael Shannon and Scott Stewart joined creative forces with a desire to collaborate on a shared aesthetic vision that captures their appreciation of traditional artisan work and a love of fine tea.

Bellocq's award-winning handcrafted blends unite the finest traditional teas with a modern, adventurous spirit. “Tea is an affordable, everyday luxury,” says Heidi, a former Martha Stewart Living editor, stylist and columnist, who’s work regularly graces the pages of various fine publications including ‘Food and Wine’ magazine, ‘O’ the Oprah magazine, and the ‘New York Times’, “Bellocq’s sophisticated approach to flavor and fragrance is tailored to an educated, stylish, and sophisticated customer. Our teas suit the needs and desires of the modern well traveled client. We use all of our resources to create extraordinary teas and cultivate genuine relationships with our clients.”

Michael Shannon honed his skills in the world of product design for notable companies such as Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, where he contributed to the beloved catalogue Martha-by-Mail. He further culled his craft with cult-favorite clothing/housewares company, Anthropologie. In his words, “A fascination with early techniques has fueled a desire to continue my education in many forms of artistry including blacksmithing, tailoring, glassblowing and carpentry.” An avid collector of antiques and an admirer of early craftsmanship, Michael is well versed in the world of decorative arts. In regard to the world of tea: “The craftsmanship of tea is an art-form in itself. The growing, handling and firing of the leaves requires great skill and sensitivity, I continue to be amazed and humbled.”

Also hailing from a high-profile creative foundation is Scott Stewart, co-owner and founder of well-regarded fabrication firm, SAAW, inc. (clients include: Anthropologie, BHLDN and Barney’s New York). He is also a founder of Jolie Laide contemporary art gallery in Philadelphia and is on the board of directors for the pioneering eco-clothing label Stewart+Brown.  Scott states, “There is always a choice to be made and we have committed ourselves to working with responsible gardens and merchants and to search for the finest and highest quality teas. Bellocq is also committed to preserving traditional craft techniques and the communities in which they thrive, our relationships are not just about the best products, but also about the right process."

As a result of their commitment to quality products and traditional craft, they travel, often with children in tow, to far flung locations in search of traditional techniques to integrate into Bellocq’s modern expression. Michael adds with a laugh, “Picture us, traveling through deepest Central Mexico, packed to the rafters in our little rental car, indigenous textiles tucked into every available nook and cranny, our bumper nearly dragging along the highway while the rear window is obscured of vision because of the 20 pounds of tuberoses we didn’t have the heart to leave behind. But there we are, loving every minute of it and feeling so inspired by the wonderful people we’ve met along the way. We’ve been fortunate to be part of an exceptional creative community and wish to share our knowledge and inspiration with each and every customer.”

Bellocq's Greenpoint ‘tea atelier’ is a tasting and design studio, a place to inspire and realize new and ever-evolving ideas. In this spirit, new product will be arriving regularly, including sumptuous shearling tea cozies. Michael shares, “Tea cozies are an extremely useful component to the teapot but are often dowdy. We wanted to make them fashionable, even humorous. We fondly refer to them as ‘wigs’.” They’ll also offer tea “cupping” services on site, giving clients an opportunity to learn more about the product through a full-sensory experience. Small-batch tea blends will continue to evolve, reflecting the seasons and Bellocq will be offering bespoke blending opportunities as well. Heidi concludes with “Scent and flavor not only bring back forgotten emotions and memories, but envelopes one in the present and influences mood. It’s a powerful conduit. I read that tea is, essentially, a journey of water and I feel that’s a wonderfully poetic sentiment and here I am, first in London, now in New York on a great journey thanks to tea. I can’t think of a lovelier place to be.”

 

Stockist List (Retail and Café Service):

 

UNITED STATES

Arizona

Crepe Bar - Tempe

Frances - Phoenix

 

California

Acres - St. Helena

Amelia's Espresso & Panini - Santa Monica

Brooklyn Girl Eatery - San Diego

Broome St General Store - Los Angeles

Cameron Marks Boutique - Santa Cruz

Canvas Interior Design - Fountain Valley

CAVALIER by Jay Jeffers - San Francisco

Daisy's - Alemeda

Dry Creek General Store - Healdsburg

Erica Tanov - Berkeley

Gjelina - Venice

Good Stock - Oakland

Green Tree General Store - Laguna Beach

Gump's - San Francisco

House of Honey - South Pasadena

Jess Brown - Petaluma

Maison D'Etre - Oakland

McKee & Company Home - Newport Beach

Paper or Plastik - Los Angeles

Parkside Café - Stinson Beach

Perch - San Francisco

SHED - Healdsburg

Simone LeBlanc - Los Angeles

Tea by the Sea - San Diego

Thread Lounge - San Francisco

Traditions - Lakeport

Voyageur du Temps - Los Altos

 

Colorado

Over the Moon Fine Foods - Telluride

 

Connecticut 

Fairfield Cheese - Fairfield

Gingerbitz - New Canaan

Juliska - Stamford

Steven Alan - Westport

Weekend Kitchen - Essex

 

District of Columbia

Little Red Fox - Chevy Chase

M29 Boutique Lifestyle Store - Georgetown

Periwinkle - Chevy Chase

Trohv - Takoma

 

Florida

Besame Mucho - Key West

Hive Home, Gift and Garden - West Palm Beach

Matilda's - Stuart

Papilio - Mount Dora

Shaffers Tearoom - Delray Beach

The Golden Hog - Key Biscayne

 

Georgia 

Star Provisions - Atlanta

The Paris Market & Broncate - Savannah

Waiting on Martha - Atlanta

 

Iowa

Elements of Design - Davenport

 

Idaho 

Bellissimo Gardens - Ketchum

 

Illinois 

Cream & Flutter - Champaign

Ethereal Confections - Woodstock

Figaro - Chicago

Marcel's Culinary Experience - Glen Ellyn

Style Shack - Highland Park

 

Kentucky

National Provisions - Lexington

Tip Top - Henderson

 

Massachusetts 

Eat Boutique - Lynnfield

Formaggio Kitchen - Cambridge

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Boston

Louis Boston - Boston

Rubiner's Cheesemongers - Great Barrington

South End Buttery - Boston

The Canteen - Provincetown

Winston Flowers - Boston

 

Maryland

Chef and Shower - Easton

Curiosity - Baltimore

Lord Baltimore - Baltimore

 

Maine 

Black Parrot - Rockland

 

Michigan

Huzza - Harbor Springs

Rail & Anchor - Royal Oak

Tulani Rose - Detroit

Woodward & Maple - Birmingham

 

Missouri  

Finefolk - Kansas City

 

Montana 

The Nova Café

 

North Carolina 

Bittersweet - Raleigh

Design Works Studio - Morgantown

Duncan & York - Asheville

Parker and Otis - Durham

Paysage - Wilmington

Southern Season - Chapel Hill

 

New Jersey

Cape May Honey Farms - Cape May

F Gerald New - Morristown

Sailor Trading Co. - Sea Girt

Shelter Vintage - Sparta

 

New York

Acme - Manhattan

Abbiagi - Manhattan

Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store - Brooklyn

Big Eddy Farm Stand - Narrowsburg

Bloom - Sag Harbor

Blue Tree - Manhattan

Bubby's - Manhattan

Bubby's Highline - Manhattan

Café Integral - Manhattan

Chrison and Bellina - Oyster Bay

Clic General Store - East Hampton

Coco - Brooklyn

Cold Springs General Store - Cold Spring

Dépanneur - Brooklyn

Dimes - Manhattan

East Hampton Gardens - East Hampton

Eli's Manhattan - Manhattan

Empire Biscuit - Manhattan

Flatbush Farms - Brooklyn

Glasserie - Brooklyn

Good Eggs - New York City

GRDN - Brooklyn

Hammertown Barn - Pine Plains

Happy Bones - Manhattan

Haven's Kitchen - Manhattan

Jungsik - Manhattan

Lenox Café - Manhattan

Margo Pasty - Brooklyn

Manhattan Frutier - Queens

Moon River Chattel - Brooklyn

Nectar - Gardiner

Neue Galerie - Manhattan

Nice & Sweet Café - Manhattan

Nine Streets - Tarrytown

one girl cookies - Brooklyn

O Merveilleux - Manhattan

Ovenly - Brooklyn

Personnel - Manhattan

Print Restaurant - Manhattan

PUBLIC - Manhattan

Purl Soho - Manhattan

Saxon + Parole - Manhattan

Soho Grand - Manhattan

Spina - Brooklyn

Steven Alan Annex - Manhattan

Steven Alan Home - Manhattan

Task - Brooklyn

The Butcher's Daughter - Manhattan

The Marlton Hotel - Manhattan

The Peacock - Manhattan

Tribeca Grand - Manhattan

Van Horn - Brooklyn

Victory Garden - Manhattan

Wave Hill - Bronx

Waxwing Atelier - Locust Valley

With Love, From Brooklyn - Brooklyn

Whynot My Way - Manhattan

Whynot Orchard - Manhattan

Zoe - Manhattan

 

Ohio

Bohindi - Upper Arlington

Cleveland Clinic Wellness - Cleveland

 

Oregon

Ink & Peat - Portland

Manor Fine Wares - Portland

Passion Flower Design - Eugene

The Woodsman Tavern - Portland

 

Pennsylvania 

Cork Factory Hotel - Lancaster

Vetri Ristorante - Philadelphia

Via Bellissima - Bryn Mar

 

Rhode Island

Environs - Bristol

 

South Carolina 

Old Road Mercantile - Charleston

We Took The Woods - Greenville

 

Tennessee 

High Brow Brew - Franklin

 

Texas

Forty Five Ten - Dallas

Hotel Saint Cecillia - Austin

Number One - Dallas

 

Utah

Maison Design at Finch Hill Boutique - Holladay

 

Virginia

Chinoiserie - Arlington

Keith Foster Outpost - Middleburg

Roxie Daisy - Charlottesville

 

Washington

Design Menagerie - Viroqua

Haystack Antiques - Kirkland

Marigold & Mint - Seattle

Martha E. Harris Flowers & Gifts - Seattle

Olive & Elle - Oroville

Salt & Sea - Bainbridge Island

The Davenport Hotel - Spokane

 

Wyoming 

Persephone Bakery - Jackson

Twisted Hearts - Sheridan

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

Australia

East Coast Lounge - Sydney

Manteau Noir - Daylesford

 

Canada

Blackbird Vintage - Toronto

Beaucoup Bakery - Vancouver

Blossoms - Saskatoon

Emporia - Victoria

La Merceria - Toronto

Likely General - Toronto

Little Bird Patisserie & Café - Saskatoon

Old Faithful Shop - Vancouver

Room 6 - Vancouver

 

Hong Kong 

Lane Crawford

Salon No. 10

 

Indonesia

Home Mate - Bali

 

Japan

Dean & Deluca - Tokyo

HP Deco - Tokyo / Kyoto

Plaisir Café - Hiroshima

 

Portugal

Paulo Cassio Unipessoal - Porto

 

Singapore

The Beauty Candy Apothecary

 

South Korea

Dean & Deluca - Seoul

 

United Kingdom

Harrods - London

Home Institute - London