The Reali-TEA: November 2020 Update
I am coming up on my 3rd business birthday - and things could have gone A LOT worse for the shop especially since we are so young and just getting our legs underneath of us.
Mom and Jessica are doing well. This year has been pretty hard for my Jessi girl. She loves her routines and loves having a plan, and 2020 just does not allow for that. She was going to get married to Donald in October but we have postponed their special day until next year as they are both high risk and so are many of their friends and family.
How am I doing? So many of you have asked and continue to ask, and I often do not know how to respond. My bubbly, perky self wants to say "I am great - just gotta keep going! Keep swimming! Keep trying!" but the reali-TEA is that I am really not doing so great in terms of how this year has impacted me personally. I am tired. I often bounce between discouraged and hopeful. But, the cases keep rising. I see more and more people out and about in large groups without masks on. It is almost like some folks have decided this isn't real, and that the impacts of this virus are just a charade.
As far as the shop goes, sales are steady. We were really doing good March through July - and then the heat set in, then back to school, and then the election. September and October months were slower than desired, but this last week of October was really strong which lets me know that tea season is here and y'all are ready for it!
Many of you have already been asking about Holiday Spirit and Twinkle Tea - these will be released Black Friday & Small Business Saturday like they are every year. I know so many of you are looking forward to stocking up on those! I just got the BEST cinnamon bark in this week to start blending it up!
I plan to be out curbside through November. I am not sure what we will do in December - that is so dependent on the weather and also how many active cases the state has then. Right now, we have more cases in the state and in the country than we did when we were in lock-down back in March & April. So, I am digging my heels in and staying on the curb as long as humanly possible.
Please continue to support my business - I know it's tempting to buy that tea at the grocery store or whatever big box retailer you find yourself in this holiday season, but I can tell you that I am TRULY grateful for every single sale - always of course - but this year especially.
Be safe, wear a mask, be kind & give as much grace as you can to all of us retail & restaurant folks.
I promise you, we are all doing our very best despite so many factors that are out of our control.
11/2/2020 11:41:09 am
Thank you for all you are doing. I love your teas and definitely want to continue getting them. I pray for continued success.
11/2/2020 11:50:47 am
Small businesses like yours are the first place I go when I'm looking for something special, and now that I understand you are really open, but just curbside, I will add your shop to my regular "go to" for tea! Thanks for hanging in there, I know it's not easy, and I also know that there are many of us who really appreciate shops like yours.
11/2/2020 10:09:54 pm
Thanks for your update. Rest assured I know of no better place to find such lovely and diverse tea blends as your delightful shop. I’ll be working on another order for my tea stash soon, and thinking how many friends might enjoy holiday gifts of your top quality teas! Wishing for your ongoing success in this wonderful venture.
11/7/2020 05:12:47 pm
I enjoy buying local and will
3/6/2021 12:02:02 pm
This iss awesome
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