When we first found out about Tealee through instagram (gotta love that social media!), it was love at first sight. Owner Lisa creates amazing loose leaf tea blends and you can just see her passion in everything she does. In her own words
“My passion for tea has been growing since I had my first sip of tea about 4 years ago now. I couldn’t get enough of loose-leaf tea so I began an online loose-leaf tea store but in order to feed my thirst for more tea knowledge, I started taking tea sommelier courses at Algonquin College to achieve my Tea Sommelier Certification through the Tea Association of Canada. While taking these courses, I found my favourite aspect of tea; tea blending. From there I searched for various ingredients that would pair well with all different types of tea. Pineapple Island was my very first blend, and now I have a total of 9 original Tealee blends with a few more in the works”
Her two main inspirations are her own palate and her tea loving friends and customers. How cool is it that almost half of her blends have been a result of combining both her knowledge and experience with the feedback from her customers and friends. Interesting in making your own tea? Well keep your eyes pealed because T.H.A.T. Team got some secret information (okay… maybe it’s not so secret) but Tealee is going to be launching tea blending workshops soon! Cannot wait to attend one of these!
When asked to give one piece of advice to someone just starting out, or even just thinking about starting their own local business this is the advice she gave and we couldn’t have said it better ourselves:
“Follow your passion! As simple as it may sound, last year, one of the hardest and best decisions I have made is to put aside the path of finding a “secure” job in human resources with the government and get a part-time job instead so that I would have the time and flexibility needed to launch and grow my tea business. Following my passion for tea has been one of the best decisions I have made simply because I truly enjoy every minute I spend working on my business and hopefully one day, will be able to purse my passion full-time”
Tealee is a new business that is going to start expanding at the seems! They are hoping to offer a new line of handmade tea cups, tea pots, tea infused body products, baked goods, etc. So start following them on facebook now, follow them on instagram or twitter account name: _Tealee!
Want to go see Tealee in person? You can find her list of locations/upcoming shows here. Or better yet head on out THIS Saturday to MAC Fair (details below) and see her along with almost 100 other artisans!
Mac Craft Fair at Immaculata High School
140 Main Street, Ottawa, ON from 10am-3pm.
Come on out to support a great cause and get your shop on!
Bring the kids! There …will be Chrsitmas movies, a letters to Santa station, button-making, and we have a professional facepainter/henna artist for the kids and the kids-at-heart. Even Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping by, taking a break from making toys!
There will be a pancake breakfast as well as pizza if you want to stay for lunch.
Admission is just $1.00,
which goes toward our Christmas Hamper Program for hungry families,
AND your admission earns you a FREE ticket to our
Raffle with almost 100 great prizes!
Until next time folks, keep it local!