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Tea Shop Dream Job

“If you do what you love you’ll never work a day in your life.”   Well I get it, but I can’t say I totally agree.  Work is work.  Work is hard.  I’ve washed more dishes, mopped more floors and picked up more crumbs in the last four years of owning a tea shop than I had all my previous years combined.  Sometime the actual work of stocking shelves or toting heavy boxes leaves me sore and exhausted, having no doubt I’ve put in a full day of actual work. But, there is something…   There is something different about my tea shop work.  At first I thought maybe it was the clean-page start of a new business or the satisfaction of reaching a goal and just getting the doors open.  But time proved it was more deep-seated than that.  I’ll save you my long, introspective, thought process and just tell you what I figured out. I love doing small things with great love. Most of my guests probably won’t notice the extra time and attention put into every detail of my shop, but I think (or hope) many of them feel the love.  Sounds corny even as I type the words.  Do customers actually “feel the love” of a place?   This I know for sure, I feel the love I’m sending and that’s what makes my tea shop my dream job.  It’s what drives me to make little heart-shaped peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and carefully wipe off the jelly that spilled over on the side.  Every vintage cup and saucer I rescue from a flea market, every teaspoon of tea I scoop into a cup, or gift bag I fill with tissue paper, love backs my actions and that drives me to continue. I’m still not sure if it has to do with my age and where I’m at in life, but I like to think I’m just where I’m supposed to be and doing what I am meant to do - sowing love and joy into people’s lives while working hard and living in the moment. It’s time for tea.

How to Make Iced Tea - Includes 3 Videos!

I’m proud to say, I grew up on good, ol’ fashioned Southern Sweet Tea.  Everyday, all summer long, we had a big plastic gallon of tea in the fridge, and it was always sweet. There was nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than to run in the house,...

A Letter to Moms

  A wringing tightness gripped my empty stomach as I contemplated every parent’s heart-wrenching dilemma - work or family.   My son was in kindergarten and I had this thing to go to at his school.  At work, I had just realized a big annual meeting for our whole department...

Beauty in Imperfection

In my training to become a tea sommelier (like a wine sommelier but for tea) I’ve become intrigued by the Japanese concept of WABI-SABI [wäbē säbē]. Even the definition is beautiful:   “quietness, sober refinement, subdued taste, characterized by humility, moderation, simplicity, naturalness, depth and imperfection”. Part of the traditional Japanese...

The Difference Between Black and Green Tea

Here’s the thing - all tea comes from the same plant, the tea plant, named Camellia Sinensis.  I know!  I went half my life not knowing that.   We’re not talking herbals, like peppermint or chamomile but actual tea. The differences between green and black tea (as well as white, yellow,...

5 Reasons Tea is Exploding in the USA

Tea is a big deal these days.   Twenty years ago the tea business in the United States was under $2 billion (wholesale) annually.  Today it is over $10 billion and growing! (Source: Tea Council USA)   So what changed?  Why tea and why now?   1. We’re over the Boston...