By Joseph Zapata
At BeauTeaBar, it’s believed that women shouldn’t have to compromise or settle for anything less than what they desire.
BeauTeaBar is the only store in Cold Spring Harbor, and one of only a few in the country, that offers high quality beauty and cosmetic products with non-toxic and luxurious ingredients.
“You don’t have stores like this anywhere else,” Marissa Waller, founder and curator of BeauTeaBar, said. “There’s a couple on the West coast in [Los Angeles] and big cities, like Manhattan, but nothing that exists like this on Long Island anywhere.”
One of Beau Tea Bar’s biggest sellers is the RMS Beauty makeup line, which has received plenty of mainstream publicity. All of the RMS products consist of bright bold colors and organic ingredients.
“We’re one of the only retailers here in Long Island to offer it,” Waller said.
Along with top-of-the-line, toxin-free beauty products, customers of Beau Tea Bar are also able to enjoy organic teas that have been selected and imported from Paris, France. At the store, Waller sells tea, both loose and in bags, and also offers non-caffeinated options as well.
The idea to combine cosmetics and tea actually came to Waller while she was in the shower.
“I was thinking ‘beauty’ and I was thinking, ‘Oh, that’s an interesting play on words, ‘beau’ and ‘tea,’” Waller said. “They’re my two favorite things!”
Beau Tea Bar started out as an online store back in November 2013, but after modest success, Waller decided to bring the store to the tangible world. As a Huntington Native, Waller wanted to open the shop right here in Cold Spring Harbor.
“I grew up here. This is my town. These are my people. I love Huntington,” said Waller. “From a Long Islander’s perspective, I believe the women here are sophisticated and will seek out these products.”
The shop has only been open since May, but the building is over 200 years old, and Waller believes this falls right in line with the message of the store.
“We kept a lot of the space original but we added some modern flare, and that’s a lot of what these products are about: returning back to nature; returning back to the old way we think about makeup,” she said.
BeauTeaBar is located at 143 Main St. in Cold Spring Harbor; the store is open Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.