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Ellen Kanner

I design experiences while sipping and serving Sencha.

Job Tea - Importing, Educating, and User Experience/Design / Dobrà Tea ++

Lives In South Portland

As a teahouse owner and designer, I design experiences and objet d’adorn. After many years designing user experiences (UX) for the web, my husband and I opened a teahouse in Portland bringing UX to the food and beverage market. After 20 years of design and development for web, print and software, the addition was a natural move shifting my focus beyond that of the 2D into the 3D, working in a variety of mediums and beyond - tea, dining experience, jewelry, print and plants.

Maine as a natural place inspires and rejuvenates. Portland as a city stimulates creativity. All-in-all an optimum experience.

Why did you choose Portland? I went to college in Maine and always loved Portland. When I moved away to CA, I always talked up Portland... that's probably why it's so popular today ;)

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? Take them to see the new gardens and view at Portland Headlight, Bug Light and Spring Point Light (if they feel like walking the jetty), a walk on Willard Beach and then around the Old Port, then tea at Dobrá Tea. Closing with a long evening at 1-2 of Portland's fabulous restaurants.

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? Dobrá Tea, hands down... totally chill and calming.

What's the most surprising thing about this city? The interesting restaurants, businesses, and creative locally owned shops popping up all over town.

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