SMALL BUSINESSES ARE STRUGGLING! Owners are hurting — dreams are dying.

These have been tough years — kudos to the shops and businesses that have hung in there — and congratulations to those who have opened up during these past few, supposedly, challenging years.

I’m talking about TEA SHOPS right now — and only tea shops. 

I’ve seen many of my friends — from all over the country — let their dreams go — poof — just not enough sales and not enough in reserves to keep them alive.

Since 2009, we have been leading a horse to water — called the San Diego TEA Meetup. It was formed by my friend, Dianna Harbin and for the last year and a half — I’ve been doing my best — on my own — to keep it alive. You know what they say about making the horse drink.    But come on — it’s tea!

Anyhow, the mission of the San Diego TEA Meetup was three-fold: 1. To encourage community through tea. 2. To educate people about tea. 3. To help local tea shops. 

I feel we fell short of our third goal — so I am visiting ALL the local tea shops to remind them that we are indeed here and here for them.

This is my visit to The Coral Tree Tea House — located in our Historic State Park — Old Town, San Diego. Nestled in a circle of glorious Victorian Homes built in the late 1800s — this one — the McConaughy House — serves TEA.

Blanche and Pamela will take very good care of you and you will have a truly delightful experience in their tea room.

Wait till you see the magnificent Coral Tree that stands proudly in front of the tea house!    Reservations highly advised and appreciated.


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Dharlene Marie Fahl is an entrepreneur and approaches everything she does with a universal, collaborative and cooperative spirit and is a CEO Space graduate and lifetime member. She has been a retail gift shop owner, a healing centre owner and operator, as well as a restaurant general manager and a director of training for a restaurant company responsible for seven restaurants. Her education and training is in Hospitality Management.

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