...know when to fold 'em...
Friday, December 20th will be the last day I open the teany tiny tea shop as a cafe on Webster Street. Personally, this decision is not easy, but from a business perspective, the right move.
I started this project two years ago with the goal of learning more about running a business by jumping in and getting experience first-hand. I set my intention to serve by way of tea, through this tiny business, my own style of community building, customer service, and a more mindful way of being. By my own measure, my goals were satisfied beyond what I could have expected, and have left me with so much to be grateful for and continue to grow from.
In this self-curated MBA program, every person that visited or supported the shop became a teacher. The raised eyebrows, cheers of support, and moments of connection that are impossible to describe, all became the syllabus for my intro to small business. From it all I take away a more refined understanding of my own professional strengths, opportunities for growth, and a continued faith in the power of local community support.
At this moment I cannot admit I know what is next for me or Tea Here Now. I know that this process has only made me love sharing tea more, given me a new rubric of business skills to buff-up on, and a heart overflowing with gratitude. I'll take the time to savor the next week of sharing tea and celebrating with those that fill Tea Here Now with love and warmth, then I'll continue to reflect and consider what's next.
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I wish you many great cups of tea and savored moments,
Andrea, The Tea Lady