We Are Moving
I’ve been working for a long time on my goal to grow this tea business into a full blown cafe. I still have far to go, although I see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Tuesday night, when the NextPittsburgh article dropped, I was not prepared for the barrage of texts, facebook love, tweets, etc. My friends, family and clients ROCK!
The news is out.
We ARE moving and we have a space.
We are moving to the Imagine Building that is connected to the Millvale Community Library. And just because I love coincidences AND my life is full of them, let me tell you the full story.
About 7 years ago or so, I was driving through Millvale thinking about how much I wanted to be there. I saw a sign in the window of a building and attempted to call. Turns out the “For Sale” sign wasn’t connected to the right person. Not to be deterred, I did some internet sleuthing and got the owner of the building on the phone. He offered me the building for a song and a dance….. but the timing wasn’t right. I wanted it to be SO BADLY, but it just wasn’t.
During that time, I was so convinced I belonged in Millvale, I met with some of the powers that be in the boro. At the time, this person mentioned the new library that was coming and gave me the name and number of the guy working on it because, “he is planning on putting in a cafe and maybe your teas could go in there”. I never called. For whatever reason, I just didn’t get around to it. I thought about it and over the next years, it would pop into my mind here and there but I just never acted.
Fast forward to the summer of 2014. Tupelo Honey Teas was doing the Millvale Farm Market. Through that and the nudging of a few community members, I got to know Tina Walker (head of the development committee) and Brian and Scott Wolovich(New Sun Rising). Over the next year, I attended meetings, had talks with the three of them and began to cultivate the idea of moving to Millvale again.
When I was accepted into the New Sun Rising Food Incubator Program, I had to sign some paperwork. The day Brian and Scott were coming to the Tea Loft to sign paperwork, I happened to open an old notebook. Scribbled were the words, “Millvale Library. Cafe. Brian Wolovich” and then it had his phone number. I almost fell over. To make it even more serendipidous, through the New Sun Rising program, I had been looking for space all over Millvale, but the Imagine Building was being rented. Right as I was ready to make the jump, the Imagine Building became available. FINALLY! The timing was RIGHT!
What I have planned for the building and the shop is pretty much everything I have wanted to do for so long. Tea Parties, both traditional and unique, delicious, healthy, soul nourishing vegetarian and vegan food, classes, specialty drinks and more. I will get into the concept in more detail in a later post, but just think of the coolest little tea shop that ever was connected to BOOKS! We have a back yard, a patio and the sounds of a babbling creek for a zen moment. Not to mention, I have been working already with the Library on combined programming.
Stay in touch as I start the process of making the Imagine Building the new home of Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe.