I'm on the other side of the pond, I've never been to Teavana.
My expectation is not high should I ever end up there. This is based upon comments from posters here and elsewhere on the net over the years whose opinions and palates I have some degree of faith in. I've not come across many, any?, rave reviews regarding Teavana from sources I would trust.
I found this
review of Teavana from Marshaln quite insightful and I respect his opinion more than any of the pro or anti Teavana posters in this thread with a handful of, mainly Teavana based, posts under their belt.
My experience is that much of this forum is people saying positive things about teas and teaware from other vendors. Much of the time when a vendor is put down a few seasoned members will sing their praises, this is not the case with Teavana. Subjective and biased? of course. I get by with a little help from my friends.
What is your benchmark for the claims of untouchable quality?
For Chinese green I love Jing Tea Shop & TeaSpring
For Japanese greens I love O-cha and Ippodo
For oolong I love Teamasters and Hou De Asian Art
For Indian tea I love Lochan Tea
For pu-erh I love Nadacha
Can Teavana compare to these sources? Which vendors is it you find cannot touch Teavana?
On the plus side, after looking over the website for the first time in a while, I would say that some of the tetsubins look rather nice. Although I was under the impression that unlined tetsubins were not made for brewing tea in, so I would probably pass on a vendor selling something at $700 who doesn't appear to know what they are talking about.