A little over a year ago I started a tea company called Phoenix Tea Shop. I worked on sourcing good teas and products during the subsequent months (along with branding and building the websites), and managed to find a lot of great connections and opportunities.
But I never really wanted to tackle this project single-handedly. I wanted someone to work with me to build the business and help define what it would grow into.
A little over a month ago I saw a glimmer of an opportunity when Brett Boynton of Black Dragon Tea Bar announced that after nearly a decade as manager of The Teacup, he was unemployed. So I approached him with the idea of partnering with me in the tea business. We met, we plotted, we schemed – and now I am very pleased to announce that Brett is co-owner of Phoenix Tea.
We have a lot of very exciting ideas in the works, and you’ll be hearing more about them as things progress (although I will continue to ensure that commerce does not interfere with Gongfu Girl blog content, so don’t worry about that). If you want to keep up with us, follow the Phoenix Tea House blog, which is where we’ll put all of the business related news and information. You can also keep up with us on our Facebook page.
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