Kusmi Tea Will Open First New York Store

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The brand of tea that Lady Gaga turned to when she wanted to kick ciggies has signed a lease at 1037 Third Avenue near 62nd Street, according to brokers Faith Hope Consolo and Joseph Aquino of Prudential Douglas Ellimans Retail Group. Despite having grossed $11 million in revenue last year, Kusmi (which grew out of a Russian company founded in 1867 and is now based in Paris) didnt have a New York flagship till now (though its Russian, Chinese, and Japanese blends have been available at Zabars and Dean & Deluca). Time to dust off the samovar.