Owners and married team Deb and Mark Mercier from Edmonton, Alberta both had successful white collar careers, but decided to hang up their suit-and-tie lives to make a change. Deb had been in love with tea all her life, and Mark would bring back tea from all over the world when he travelled for business. Their passion for tea led them to open up their own tea shop, Granville Island Tea Company in 1999.
In the beginning, Deb and Mark were both hungry for more tea knowledge, and Mark sought a mentor (the president of a tea association) to study the ins and outs of the tea industry. His mentor taught Mark to trust his own instincts, listen to people, and understand their wants and needs. After years of studying and tasting thousands of teas, Deb and Mark believe there are no “good or bad” teas- it’s all about individual people and their preferences. They approach each customer with the challenge of finding the right tea for each person.