Tea Chai Té Defies the Pandemic Odds, Announces Opening of New Location on Mississippi Avenue
“After all the chaos the Covid-19 pandemic has caused, to be able to give our staff more hours and add more jobs at this time is definitely a blessing,” said Angela Valdes, co-owner of Tea Chai Té. “Keeping our staff’s incomes going is a top priority for us—in addition to their health and safety—as we navigate these troubling times. Opening our fourth location feels like an unexpected gift, and we hope that our staff, customers, and community all feel the love and appreciation we’re putting into this new shop. Without them, these last 17 years of serving tea and peaceful moments could never have been possible.”
A Portland institution, Tea Chai Té first opened the doors to its flagship location on NW 23rd Ave. in the Nob Hill neighborhood 17 years ago this past December. Since that time, it has expanded, becoming a neighborhood favorite in Sellwood and on East Burnside as well. It was named Best Tea Shop in Willamette Week’s 2020 Best of Portland readers’ poll.
Tea Chai Té has over 120 high-quality teas, giving customers a uniquely large selection of tea in Portland in a casual, relaxing, and inviting setting. The company is also well known for its many options of bubble tea and six varieties of kombucha from its sister company, Happy Mountain Kombucha.
While Covid-19 is still prevalent, all appropriate safety precautions are in place at Tea Chai Té locations. Sneeze guards are installed at the counter of each shop; staff and customers are all required to wear masks inside when not actively drinking tea; hand sanitizer is available at each table and counter; and markers are placed to remind customers to social distance. The company offers a 15% discount to anyone who orders their drinks ahead of time at teachaite.com using the code COVIDSUCKS.