Mark "Dr. Tea" Ukra's family has been in the tea business for over 200 years. His grandfather was one of the biggest distributors of teas in the Middle East. Over the past 14 years, Dr. Tea has traveled the world to pursue his studies of tea and is considered to be a leading authority on the subject. Dr. Tea and his wife purchased the Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium in early 2005, in a tribute to the Dalai Lama, decorated it in a bright orange meant to mimic the exact shade of his robes and outfitted himself and his staff in lab coats of the same bright hue.