Who is…


Dobrá TeaEllen Kanner is an artist, designer, entrepreneur and true renaissance woman, with a love of creating, be it 3D objet d’art using plants or other found materials, jewelry, photography, gardening, interior design, and making the web a better experience for many clients and visitors.  She lives on the coast in Portland, Maine where her and her husband own a teahouse which is a user experience unto itself.


Before working in the web, Ellen worked as a Television Producer/Director for six years, creating commercials, public service announcements and broadcast news segments for both network and cable television production companies. Ellen helped to start up MaineToday.com which included a Travel & Tourism site and an early (’98) web-based e-zine including QTVR, audio clips, video, and interactive maps exploring Maine before we really knew where the web would take us.

Her photography has been published in The Press Herald, on various travel sites and in a cycling guide she helped author and photograph, New England Cycling by Foghorn Outdoors/Avalon Travel Publishers.

She’s a juried jewelry designer and at one time had her jewelry in several galleries from California to Alaska and along the East coast.

In April 2011, she and her husband fulfilled a lifelong dream and opened a successful tearoom, Dobrá Tea, in Portland’s Old Port.

When she gets a moment of free time, she enjoys sipping tea, cooking up a storm, travel, gardening, interior design, sea kayaking, playing the Ukulele, yoga, hiking and cycling, has been paid to do most of them, and still keeps them as hobbies.