Pangea Global Teahouse open in Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (WENY) -- The flavors of the world have come together in Watkins Glen with the opening of the Pangea Global Teahouse. The teahouse, on 221 N. Franklin Street, opened on Thanksgiving Day with a variety of international goodies.
“I traveled to different countries and loved meeting with the people and asking them about their favorite foods and exploring their favorite foods,” said Suzanne Matthews, owner of the Pangea Global Teahouse.
Before opening Pangea, Suzanne traveled all over the world while working for Corning Inc. for over 27 years. She wanted to share all of her favorite goodies from her travels with friends when she returned.
“I wanted to bring some of the flavors back home,” Matthews said, adding, “We have teas from multiple regions of the world.”
People can enjoy 20 different foods from across 10 countries, including pork buns, crepes, and milk porridge. The teahouse offers roughly 30 flavors of tea mostly sourced from China, Japan, and Sri Lanka.
The shop is also selling teapot sets and special teaware from China. Matthews hopes people can learn about different cultures through the teahouse.
“I love meeting people and trying to understand what a day in their life is like. We're more similar than people realize,” Matthews said, adding, “If I can help people experience that, it makes me happy.”
People can come out to Pangea Global Teahouse from 6:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the weekends. Those hours are expected to run through December 14, but Suzanne plans to expand their hours in the new year.