Banff Tea Co was opened in 2007 by Susanne Gillies-Smith. Her family have owned and operated The Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse near Lake Louise for over 55 years, so you could say that tea is in her blood. Susanne opened The Banff Tea Co largely as a mechanism to give 25% of its profit to charity, an achievement she reached every year over her 6 years as owner.
Siona Gartshore also came from a family of tea lovers, her passion for the product really developed however, when she was employed to manage five tea stores in the UK in 2006. Originally from Scotland, Siona has been infusing, blending, learning/teaching and retailing tea ever since. She became manager of The Banff Tea Co in 2010, its owner in 2013 and continues sharing her tea-geekiness daily. “I am very lucky to have a job I can be so passionate about. It`s such a great feeling to be able to share a cuppa or create a new blend with people in the store each day.”
Corporate/ Wholesale and Custom bulk orders
The following links list some of the businesses that serve our teas:
- Willow Stream Spa – Banff Springs Hotel
- The Block Restaurant - Banff
- The Wildflour Bakery – Banff
- Nourish Bistro – Banff
- The Juniper Hotel - Banff
- Banff Boutique Inn – Banff
- Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse – Lake Louise
- Lake O’Hara Lodge – Lake O’Hara
- Fusion Wellness Spa - Invermere-BC
- The Root Emporium – Lloydminster-SK
- East Market Noodle House – Lloydminster-SK
- Lost and Found Coffee Shop – Toronto-ON
- The Eddie Burger – Banff
- Cake Creations – Canmore
- The Cave and Basin Café – Banff
- The Block Bar – Banff
If you would like to become a wholesale customer, we offer a special corporate rate and the option of exclusively created blends! Or if you are thinking of purchasing a larger quantity of tea for a function such as wedding favours or corporate events we would be happy to accommodate this as well. We are also able to provide steeped hot or cold tea for events (both inside and outside) Please contact us for more information: email@example.com or 403-762-8322.
Charity and Donations
Banff Tea Co continues to donate a percentage of its profits each year directly to Charity as well as gifting many items for prize draws and fundraisers. This year in 2014 we have supported the Ajiri Foundation http://www.ajiritea.com/ and the Amarok Society which is providing women in the slums of Bangladesh with the power to school their children http://amaroksociety.org/wordpress.