- Nini Ordoubadi is an Iranian-born designer who founded Tay Tea in 2003. A New Yorker for over thirty years, Nini has developed a unique and evocative line of hand-crafted tea blends that are coveted by aﬁcionados. Nini's singular and artistic approach to tea blending draws direct inspiration from the ancient tea rituals and ceremonies of the Middle East, Central Asia, North Africa, India, and beyond. Her personal and deep cultural connection with the East is a limitless source of creative inspiration. Tay Home, Nini's teashop in Andes, New York, opened its doors in May 2005 and quickly became the social hub for the town and environs. The growing popularity and following of the shop is due mainly to its owner's charisma and the storeʼs fresh and ever-changing décor. Tay Home promotes the work of local artisans and has a well-edited collection of teaware, tea gifts, home furnishings, and garden accessories. But all these take a back seat to the main attraction, which is, of course, the tea. Tay Tea Bar serves various hot and cold teas daily, and the beautiful canisters grace the shop with their distinct and colorful labels and whimsical names. Nini has also used her tea-blending skills to design custom tea collections for exclusive clients, such as Henri Bendel, Emerson Resort and Spa in New York, and The Fontainebleau Spa in Florida, among others. Her brand has grown and developed steadily, and is frequently highlighted in the media. Tay Tea blends are currently available at prestigious retail stores, such as ABC Home in New York City and Mayﬂower Spa in Connecticut.
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