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Vanessa Chislett

Founder & Owner

ENFP | Enneagram 7 | Entrepreneur | Tea Sommelier | Game Changer | Grace & Humility

Tea has always been something dear to my heart.I created Shisso out of a desire for community, inner peace, and wellness. My earliest memories are a tornado of chaos. I grew up the middle child of five, and my single mom ran a daycare in our home. In our household, Red Rose was the only choice, according to my father. One of his favourite lines to tell us in his expression of love was this, “I wouldn’t trade you for all the tea in China.” When my family shattered like bone china after my parents divorce, I found serenity in a little tea house on 17th avenue in calgary over a decade ago. The aroma of faraway places spiced quiet conversation; sweet, earthy, and warm. Tea became a portal for travel, for sanctuary, for nourishment. 

Tea cultivates mindfulness, a deep gratitude for other cultures, and an appreciation for plants as medicine. It represents the intersection of solitude and community. Tea extends an invitation into craft, and ritual. What might it look like to create a community of people who want to drink incredible tea while using their buying power to make a massive positive impact in the global tea community?  An intentional devotion to rest, thanks, and ceremony. What might it also look like for us to offer you an experience which engages your senses and invites you back into your body, while simultaneously transporting you across oceans.

Read the full Founders History: The Inception of Camellia here.