Tea is more than just a drink to Ann Reilly. It’s a family tradition. “I’m proud to be part of three generations of tea importing and retail revolving around the whimsy and tradition of tea,” says Ann, owner of SIRENS TEA & GIFTS. Her mother, a wealth of tea knowledge and a lover of sweets, inspired their first store in Newport. Ann’s daughter Parker worked in the shop during the summers.
Ann trained to be a chef in France with a speciality in pastry, sauces, and chocolate and apprenticed in Germany. From there, she worked with well-known restauranteurs in NYC and later to Nespresso and Teavana. With 20 years of industry experience, Ann returned to RI. She recently opened a shop in Bristol.
“Our new space was designed to honor the tradition of enjoying tea and deliciously paired sweets and savory bites in a lovely, peaceful, feminine space. We highlight local artists and designers and buy our carefully selected gifts from female-owned companies. We honor my mother, who passed this January, with the beauty and love we have put into Sirens Tea & Gifts. I am doing what I love.”
Sirens Tea • 295 Hope Street, Bristol • 401-426-8191