Apologies for my delay in keeping you all up to date. As some of you have already noticed, the shop in Maplewood is no longer open.
This was a decision arrived at somewhat spontaneously. I enjoyed the shop environment for the more leisurely pace of interacting and sometimes chatting with some of you for quite some time over a cup of tea.
Yet, economic realities had to be faced; and then, as I contemplated working at the Summer Farmers’ Markets again, I realized how much joy and vitality I experience interacting with you in that medium.
I remembered how inspired the name “Traveling Tea” and the teapot logo with its hobo bag, just “came to me”, almost unbidden…..and even the slogan “Sharing Good Times – Sharing Good Tea”. (“Traveling Tea”, not “Sitting in a Shop” Tea)
Though it was originally a teashop in Kansas City that generated the idea of a tea business in St. Louis for me, what I was “given” to create is something different.
Bringing tea to you, where you are in your lives and activities; to get quality tea on the menus at venues and events in the area where tea-lovers currently have limited choice. This is my mission. So tea lovers throughout the St. Louis area can truly enjoy healthy, tasty, properly brewed tea while they are sharing good times with friends and family.
Help me spread the word. Tell me where you want to see Traveling Tea. Tell the owners and managers of those places you want to be able to buy/drink Traveling Tea product there.
Together, we can take St. Louis beverage enjoyment to the next level!
Happy Summer 2010
I look forward to seeing you at the Markets
“Traveling Tea”, “Sharing Good Times – Sharing Good Tea”, and the hobo bag red teapot logo are copyrighted by Nature’s Notions, LLC and Traveling Tea.
This is becoming a most satisfying part of my job as the “tea lady”. When a customer asks about something they are looking for, in particular, I set about seeing if I have ready access to it through my distributors. If they don’t have it I start thinking about what I can create that will meet your taste. You get small samples to try before I finalize the blend, though sometimes I will go ahead and order or blend it up if I’ve fallen in love with it myself.
So far I’ve created the “WellBody Ginger Green” for a local acupuncturist who wanted a decaf ginger and green tea blend. Adding pineapple and mulberries to the mix takes the bite out of the ginger with a natural hint of sweetness. I was recently asked to make a caffeinated version which has become the “Travelers Ginger Green”.
Another favorite is the Organic Honey “Show-Me” Rose, made with rose petals from a local farmer. Sweet, delicate, and lovely.
Custom blends are made in small batches and will sometimes only be available seasonally, depending upon the ingredients. Right now I’ve got some strawberries and mint calling for blending to create a taste of summer for a mid-winter pick-me-up.
As of Feb 2010, finally got Pumpkin Ginger Spice tea made from the pumpkins that I got from “Our Garden” farm in New Florence, MO. Have had lots of compliments on it, and a few customers have made it their favorite. It will only be around for as long as I have pumpkin to make it; then you will have to wait till next Fall to get more.
Selling loose leaf teas and freshly brewed tea at events and venues in the St. Louis Missouri area
We feature a wide variety of teas from India, China, Japan, and wherever else the best quality teas and herbal tisanes come from. The majority are organically grown and fairly traded.
Look for us at the Tower Grove Farmers Market starting on 5/9/2009. We will be there most Saturdays serving 2 or 3 varieties of iced tea as well as freshly brewed hot tea (brewed while you shop). www.tgmarket.org
You can now have a cup of tea with your morning crepe, or other market goodies!