Sunday, December 13, 2009

Transitioning in 2010!


We made the hard decision in September that our bricks and mortar store was not following the path of our business plan. The original plan was to have a primary focus on premium, loose leaf tea and provide education about the amazing health benefits of tea. The Chestnut Hill location we selected for our store was so charming that we soon found ourselves really veering off the path of loose leaf tea into the territory of restaurant management. We are closing our store on 12/23/2009 andlaunching a full-service, secure web store on 1/1/2010. Our web store will be chock full of over 100 premium tea varieties- and many new custom blends. You will even be able to book a "tea party to go" online. Customers who do not like online shopping will be able to find our "best sellers" at Lemons and Limes in Chestnut Hill (just a few steps from our current location). The good news is that our online prices will be lower than our present in-store pricing (even with shipping it is less!). I will be teaching a series on The History and Health Benefits of Tea in January at Montgomery County Community College and also at Philadelphia Community College- enrollment is open now for both classes!

9 comments:

Annie Hart said...

Good for you that you know your business plan and are sticking to it! So few business owners do that. You are smart.

I personally will be very sad to lose the most charming Tea Bar with your wonderful atmosphere, stories, music, artwork and pastries. But mostly I wish you well and want to be sure you know that you have left a positive mark on our Hill.

Thanks for being here and good luck.
Annie Hart

Anonymous said...

I too am saddened by this news. I appreciate all that you have done for me. You have been a good friend who has given me great encouragement.

I will miss visiting you at The Hill Tea Bar. I have enjoyed my visits; each time spying a new item you have added to increase the already high level of charm The Hill Tea Bar. I will miss our chats as they were always educational and uplifting.


I sincerely wish you and your family the very best! Good Luck in the future and in everything you do!

Take care

Susie said...

I too will miss coming to the tea bar but am happy that I keep buying my favorite Rooibos on your webstore.

Chloe said...

Your shop will be missed...but I am glad that I will still be able to order my favorite tea.

Anonymous said...

This is my first time making a comment on a blog but I wanted to tell you how much I will miss your shop. You are the friendliest merchant on the hill and even though I am not a real tea drinker I love to come into your store. I live in Mount Airy and my experience with shopping in Chestnut Hill has not always been positive except in your store. You will be missed.

Anonymous said...

Oh No!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow thats too bad...guess you run your business like you ran your Real Estate Department..Just do us all a favor and stay out of Corporate Real Estate ! ahahahaah..

Anonymous said...

There really is a Santa Claus ! and his name is Chris Karma !

Anonymous said...

Yeah this woman is crazy and AWFUL at running a business!! She closes her store and now she isn't even in charge of the tea sales online - she's a horrible business woman