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WXYZ - Mom's A Genius

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Small Business Makeover: Ellis Island Tropical Tea

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Queen Boss

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Live in the D

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Meredith Vieira Show

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WXYZ - Mom's A Genius

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The Root 100 - 2017

The Root 100 is our annual list of the most influential African Americans, ages 25 to 45. It’s our way of honoring the innovators, the leaders, the public figures and game changers whose work from the past year is breaking down barriers and paving the way for the next generation. This year’s list of honorees are a reminder of the beauty and brilliance of blackness, at a time when the political and cultural landscape has grown even more hostile to the idea of black achievement.

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Ellis Island Tea Rebranded For Success

Ellis Island Tea recently rebranded. MSNBC visited founder Nailah Ellis-Brown and focused on Ellis Island Tea in its Small Business Makeover segment. Beverage expert Arthur Gallego reviewed the product and offered ideas to make the bottled tea more competitive in the marketplace. She has since had her label redesigned and plans to grow her distribution.

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When Big Businesses and Small Businesses work together, it’s TEAriffic!

At only 29 years old Nailah Ellis-Brown has accomplished quite a bit. She is the only female minority beverage bottler in Michigan, has been named to Forbes 30 Under 30 and has her own tea brand, which is soon to grace Sam’s Club shelves. As impressive as that is, it has not been an easy journey. Ellis-Brown has been brewing and bottling her family’s Jamaican sweet tea since the age of 20.

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Mom's a Genius update: Detroit tea company goes nationwide

Nailah Ellis-Brown has been busy since I first visited her Detroit tea company. “Things have really picked up,” she said as we walked around the manufacturing facility where her hibiscus tea is made.

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Ellis Island Tea’s Historic Recipe Meets Modern Marketing to Brew Success

In 2014, the Opportunity Detroit Blog introduced you to Nailah Ellis-Brown, an entrepreneur who turned a 100-year-old family recipe into a budding business, honoring her great grandfather’s wish that “the recipe is to be sold and not told.”

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Detroit’s Ellis Island Tea Adds New Placement in Airports and Midwest Sam’s Clubs

Ellis Island Tea, an all-natural Jamaican Sweet Tea, is on its way to becoming a national beverage brand after receiving a significant boost from a makeover by MSNBC’s “Your Business.”

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'Shark Tank' For Black Female Founders Inspires Next Generation Of Entrepreneurs

Like everywhere else, there’s a gender gap when it comes to prime time TV. Women are less likely than men to be seen at work and actually working, according to Boxed In 2015–16: Women On Screen and Behind the Scenes in Television. Women are more likely to be characterized as looking for love, while men are more likely to be work-oriented.

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Forbes – 30 Under 30 All-Star 2017

Centric TV's "Queen Boss," a reality show featuring African-American women entrepreneurs, crowned Detroit drink-maker Nailah Ellis-Brown its first winner. The show announced in its finale Saturday that Ellis-Brown, the owner and founder of Ellis Infinity LLC, would take home the $25,000 prize.

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Michigan Chronicle

Ellis Island Tea, an all-natural Jamaican Sweet Tea, is on its way to becoming a national beverage brand after receiving a significant boost from a makeover by MSNBC’s “Your Business.”

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Crain’s Detroit Business

Centric TV's "Queen Boss," a reality show featuring African-American women entrepreneurs, crowned Detroit drink-maker Nailah Ellis-Brown its first winner. The show announced in its finale Saturday that Ellis-Brown, the owner and founder of Ellis Infinity LLC, would take home the $25,000 prize.

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California Crusader News

Queen Boss is an amazing television show that is kind of like Shark Tank but with a twist, it’s just for entrepreneurial women. Tracy Edmonds was the host and the judges were Vanessa Simmons, Laura Lake and the third judge would always be a mogul celebrity guest like, Kandi Burruss, Carla Hall, Lisa Price and more. There were eighteen (18) contestants with only one winner and the winner stands to receive $25,000.

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Brainstorming Podcast Chicago

We're kicking of Season 2 of the Brainstorm with a conversation with the founder of Ellis Island Tea, Nailah Ellis. Featured on Centric's "Queen Boss," Ellis is a Forbes 30 under 30 honoree, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce's 2015 entrepreneur of the year and the mom of an adorable two-year who has just gone viral for schooling her parents on how to count.

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Forbes 30 under 30

Entrepreneurship is really hard. There are times you need advice and other times you need someone to cheer you on or to listen to you vent, “I discovered a shared sisterhood with some of them,” said Ellis Brown. “No one but an entrepreneur truly understands the dedication, drive and fear that comes along with the title ‘entrepreneur’.”

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How Donald Trump Stands to Impact the Economy

Joe Spencer has seen plenty of booms and busts in his hometown of Detroit over the years running his small business, Louisiana Creole Gumbo since 1983. He watched as the auto industry imploded...

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Forbes 30 under 30

Six years ago, she was living in her mother's basement and selling an old Jamaican family recipe for tea out of the trunk of her car. Then a silent partner put up $150,000 for a 4,000-square-foot bottling plant in Detroit, and now she’s selling her tea to Whole Foods and other stores in several states

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Crains 20 in 20's

Six years ago, Nailah Ellis-Brown lived in her mother’s basement and sold hibiscus tea from the trunk of her car.
Now, though, she has turned her entrepreneurial hustle into a business: Ellis Island Tropical Tea, brewed and bottled in a clean, modern, 4,000-square-foot bottling plant she opened last year near the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit.

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MI Chronicle - Ellis Island Tea Grand Opening Celebration!

We’re so excited to see you tonight for our Ellis Island Tea Grand Opening Celebration!
Ellis Island Tea Production & Co-Packaging Facility 5-8:30 p.m. 1545 Clay Street Unit 6 in Detroit
The celebration will have a Caribbean flavor in fare, music and décor, a nod to Ellis Infinity CEO Nailah Ellis-Brown’s Jamaican heritage and a tribute to the man who created the recipe for her hibiscus tea, Nailah’s great grandfather. Craft cocktails created by...

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Crains Detroit - Detroit woman brews up family recipe for success

Nailah Ellis-Brown’s story is one of passion, perseverance and steeped hibiscus petals.
When her great-grandfather Cyril Bryon, a Jamaican who came to America in the early 1900s via the federal immigration station on Ellis Island, N.Y., he brought with him a family recipe for hibiscus tea.

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Free Press - Whole Foods seeking second Detroit store

Whole Foods is seeking a location for a second store in Detroit, co-CEO Walter Robb said this morning.
Robb said the premium grocery chain wants to expand its presence in Detroit after experiencing "a truly vibrant community." The company's first Detroit store opened in midtown in 2013...

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Detroit News - Good Stuff: Summer cocktail, Taste of Lebanon, Ellis Island Tea

Prepare this refreshing cocktail for your end of summer celebration. Ginger Tarragon Gin and Tonic: Combine 2 sprigs fresh tarragon and 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar in cocktail shaker and muddle. Add a handful of ice cubes, 2 ounces fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit, strained, and 2 ounces gin. Shake it up. Fill a tall glass halfway with ice cubes. Add a sprig of tarragon and sliver of grapefruit. Pour contents of shaker into glass. Top off with tonic water. Makes 1 cocktail...

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MI Chronicles - Detroit Company Aims to Quench Your Thirst with Exotic Tea

Summer is here and as the temperatures begin to rise, so does the desire for thirst-quenching ice cold beverages. For many, iced tea is the answer. Tea is tasty and offers potential health benefits.
With June being National Iced Tea Month, reaching for tea rather than a sugary soft drink makes great sense...

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WWJ Newsradio 950 - Made in Michigan: Ellis Island Tea

Marie Osborne talks about the new Michigan made company called Ellis Island Ice Tea.

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Detroit Free Press -

...The seven metro Detroit businesses that will spend a week with visiting MBA teams this summer are Social Club Grooming; Ellis Island Tea; patio furniture maker Oakland Living; pop-up restaurant Social Sushi; Sweet Potato Sensations; coats maker Detroit Empowerment Plan, and Eli Tea...

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Edible WOW - Brewing up a business steeped in family

Across Clay Street from the hulking Russel Industrial Center a Detroit Dream is in the making.
It's here, in a spotless 4,000-square-foot space, that Nailah Ellis-Brown, a native Detroiter, is brewing tea from a family recipe. Ellis-Brown has known she wanted to be...

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Opportunity Detroit - DETROIT-BREWED ELLIS ISLAND TROPICAL TEA IS A LABOR OF LOVE NEARLY 100 YEARS IN THE MAKING

Detroit native Nailah Ellis-Brown, founder of Ellis Island Tropical Tea, has learned it’s anything but.
We caught up with Ellis-Brown, who is dedicated to making hibiscus tea the way her great grandfather did, to learn how she’s introducing her product to the world one taste bud at a time...

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World Tea News - Ellis Island Tea Teams with Detroit Student

Since 2008, Nailah Ellis-Brown has been producing Ellis Island Tropical Tea, a hibiscus tea, that has found popularity in her southeast Michigan region, as well as in specialty shops in Chicago and New York. She is now teaming up with a Detroit 11-year-old, Asia Newson, to create a new beverage company, one intended to improve the health...

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D Business - Ellis Island Tropical Tea Breaks Into New York, Chicago Markets

The story of Ellis Island Tropical Tea has come full circle as the Detroit-based beverage manufacturer has expanded by sending 75 cases to the gift shops and cafes at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island in New York.
“Selling our tea at Ellis Island and at the Statue of Liberty is like … the family tea is coming home,” says Nailah Ellis, founder of Ellis Infinity, which produces, distributes, and markets a beverage based off an old family recipe...

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Recruit Detroit - Detroiter turns old family recipe into Ellis Island Tea

Nailah Ellis-Brown has always had entrepreneurial ambitions but never a way to get the there. That is until she launched Ellis Island Tea.
The Detroiter decided to draw upon her heritage to make that happen. She took an old family recipe for herbal tea made with hibiscus passed down from her great grandfather, Cyril Byron...

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Whole Foods Blog - The Family Tea Made in the D

I love tea. I drink tea. I make tea – for a living.
My tea is Ellis Island Tropical Tea, a rich red iced hibiscus tea with an exotic ellistea2flavor that comes from the careful blending and infusion of all-natural extracts and botanicals. It is smooth and flavorful with a kick of citrus. You can drink it cold directly from the glass bottle or warm inside your favorite cup. It comes in a...

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Detroit City Limits - A Rising Motor City Treat: Ellis Island Tea

Something special is brewing in Detroit these days thanks to young entrepreneur Nailah Ellis-Brown, motivated by her immigrant great grandfather.
In the process, the very concept of tea is being rewritten as her Ellis Infinity LLC, beverage company gains market share in the Motor City...

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SE MI Start Up - Nailah Ellis-Brown turns family tradition into fast-growing business

Nailah Ellis-Brown knew she wanted to go into business for herself from a young age, and she is the only person who needed to believe that in the beginning.
The Metro Detroiter went to Howard University and decided it wasn't for her before she reached 20...

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D Business - Detroit Tea Co. Sets Up Production Near Russell Industrial Center

A family recipe for homemade hibiscus tea is turning out to be a viable business for 26-year-old Nailah Ellis, who recently received city approval to begin operations for Ellis Island Tropical Tea at a 4,000-square-foot facility on Clay Street, near the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit.
Previously, Ellis — who began commercially selling the tea in 2008 — had been making the...

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SE MI Start Up - Detroiter turns old family recipe into Ellis Island Tea

Nailah Ellis-Brown has always had entrepreneurial ambitions but never a way to get the there. That is until she launched Ellis Island Tea.
The Detroiter decided to draw upon her heritage to make that happen. She took an old family recipe...

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Model D Media- Detroiter turns old family recipe into Ellis Island Tea

Nailah Ellis-Brown has always had entrepreneurial ambitions but never a way to get the there. That is until she launched Ellis Island Tea.
The Detroiter decided to draw upon her heritage to make that happen. She took an old family recipe...

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