... well ... looks like they are a match made in heaven ... or hell.
The B&M photos of Teaopia look spectacular ... however ... looking at one category of tea, say unflavored green.
Looking at the Teaopia site, there are 8 non flavored green teas, take out the 2 matcha, and the genmaicha which is "virtually flavored" ... this leaves 5 looseleaf selections. One is gunpowder, one is decaf. 2 are Chinese sencha.
The site offers an opp with one click to "chat live with our Tea Master." Which I did. The tea master however could not tell me anything about the sencha except they were from China. The one description did not say it was from China, I asked about this and was informed, "We don't always call out the countries of origin in the descriptions."
Figure the value of each store is around 500 K based on the purchase price (crude methodology on my part albeit), and the best they can do is Chinese sencha and gunpowder?
I am not trying to pick on Teaopia, but they do seem very much like a Teavana.
While Teaopia throws the rank of Tea Master around very loosely, cheaply, Teavana offers us Teaologists.
the company offers new tea enthusiasts and tea connoisseurs alike its "Heaven of Tea" retail experience where passionate and knowledgeable "teaologists" engage and educate them about the ritual and enjoyment of tea.