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.”

All Bellocq blends are now lovingly crafted in their New York atelier. 

Stockist List:

A Papier

Acacia Interiors (Mexico)

Acorns

Acres

Alsea

Alfred Dunhill

Aloha Sunday Supply Co.

Amelias Espresso & Panini

And George

Ann Marie's Fine Coffee

Annies

Anthrometrica

Arabesque of Naples

Areaware

Art of Simple

Ashblue

Asparagus

Assouline

Atelier 1105

Atmodsphere

Beaucoup Bakery

Beautyhabit

Bee Home and Garden

Beige

Bellewether

Ben and Me

Bergdorf Goodman

The Berkeley Wine Company

Besame Mucho

Bianco

Big Eddy Farm Stand

Biondivino

Black Parrot 

Blackbird Vintage Finds

Bloom

Blue Tree

Bobbie Medin

Boxwood

BR 34102

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Girl Eatery

The Brooklyn Kitchen

Broom St. General

Bubby's

Bungalow

The Butcher's Daughter

Butterfield

Cacao

Café Medeline

Cameron Marks Boutique

The Canteen

Cape Cod Pantry

Cavalier

Charlotte Moss

Chay

Chinoiserie

Chrison and Bellina

Clementine

Collector Store

The Coffeesmiths Collective

Comfort Food Kitchen

Conroy & Wilcox

Comelia Park

The Cottage

Cream & Flutter

Crosell and Co

Curiosity

Cursive New York

Dabney McAvoy

Daisy's

Dar Gitane

Dean & Deluca (Japan)

Decorium

Design Menagerie

Design Solutions

Domus

The Drake General Store

Dry Creek General Store

Duet Interior Collections

Dépanneur

East Coast Lounge

East Hampton Gardens

Eat

Eat Boutique

Elevenzees

Eli's Manhattan

EM Brady

Emily Joubert

Emporia

Erica Tanov

Et Al

F Gerald New Inc

Fairfiel Cheese

Finefolk

FinoLino (Canada)

The Flat of the Hill

Flatbush Farms

Formaggio Kitchen

Forty Five Ten

Found@21

Fraiche Home

Free & The Brave

Fresh & Fresh Japan

Fromage Fine Foods

Fromagination

The Garden Room

Gather Jounal

Gato Conté Inc (Panama)

Global Table

Good Stock

Gourmet & Co.

GRDN

Green Tree Boutique

Greenwich Orchids

Grounded

Gump's San Francisco

Gut Instinct 

H.P. France (Japan)

Hammertown Barn

Harpo Studios

Harrods

Harrison Brothers Hardware

Haven's Kitchen

Heath Ceramics

High Brow Brew

High Falls Mercantile

Hilltop Farms

Homewerx

Honor

Hopkins Vineyard

Hotel Particulier

House of Honey

Huff Harrington Home

Huzza

Idiculia Group

Il Mulino

Indiana Landmarks

Ink & Pete

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

J.James Sonoma

J.Seitz & Co.

Jess Brown

Jivita Ayurveda

Joanne Rossman

Josh Partner

Juliska

Jungsik Restaurant

KitchenWares

Knotting Hill

Lamb

Lane Crawford (Hong Kong)

Laughing Owl

Lauren Bade

Lawrence's

Leave an Impression

Less Specialty

Lenox Coffee

Lillian August

Liz Caan Interiors

Louis Boston

The Loft

LS Home

Luna & Curious

Luxe Objects

Lynton

M Maison

M29 Boutique

MacKimmie Co.

Maison D'Etre

Manhattan Frutier

Manhattan Inn

Manor Fine Wares

Marcel's Culinary Experience

The Market

McCann Design Group

Meg Cohen Design

Mercantile

Miss Jackson's

Mod Cottage

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Monograham

Moon River Chattel

Ms. Milholland

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Nectar

New Preston Kitchen Goods

New York Flower School

Ocean Reef Club

Old Faithful Shop

Old Road Mercantile

Olive & Elle

Ona Atlanta

One Girl Cookies

The Outpost

Ovenly

Over the Moon Fine Foods

Pane E Formagio

Paper or Plastik Cafe

Paper Trails

The Paris Market & Broncate

Parker and Otis

Paysage

Peony Melbourne

Perch

The Perfect Petal

Persephone Bakery

Personnel

PH Design Shop

Planters

Poketo

Poska

Pretty Mommy

Princeton University Art Museum

Print Restaurant

Private House

Prize

Purl Soho

The Purple Frog

Queen Street Gifts

The r.e.a.l. Store

Red Bird Trading

Relish

Remodelista

Restoration Hardware

Revival

Richters at Palm Beach

Rifle Design

Rodale

Roxanne's Dried Flowers

Roxie Daisy

Rubicon Estate

Rubiner's Cheesemongers

Rural Residence

Sailor Trading Co.

Sam Flax

Samantha Drew Home

Sassafras Flowers

Satoko Nakagawa

Say Media

Scarsellas

Schreiner Goods

Shafer O'Neil Interior Design

Shed

Simon James Design

Simply Selma's

Sleep Studio

Sloan/Hall

Smith and Chang's General Goods

Soap and Water

Soho Grand Hotel

South End Buttery

Southern Season 

Spartan

Spezzatura

Star Provisions

Steven Alan - Home

Stock Culinary Goods

Style Shack

Sundance Catalog

Table Top and Home

Tatte Bakery and Cafe

Thea

Thirst

Thread Lounge Chicago/San Francisco

Tomorrowland (Japan)

Totem Brand Co.

Tribeca Grand Hotel NYC

Trim

Trohv DC

Trouve

Trove General Store

Tulani Rose

Twig & Fia

twine

Uber Design

Unionmade

Upstairs at Pierre La Fond

Urbanic Paper Boutique

Vetri Restorante

WaxWing Atelier

We took the Woods

Weekend Kitchen

Weekends

WG&R Furniture

Williams & Sherrill

Winston Flowers

With Love. From Brooklyn

The Woodsman Market

Woodward & Maple

Yana

Zucchini & Vine

Zuma