SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEA SHOPS

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL TEA SHOPS

Small businesses — they are the backbone of our society. But they are hurting. Times have been challenging for many small business owners over the last 6 to 8 years. The ‘big guys’ are getting bigger and stronger, and they are eating up the little guys.

Please do your best to support your local tea shops.

In my last post I mentioned the holiday tea selections that are now available on the grocery store shelves; this is true — I’ve been watching the dramatic changes in the coffee and tea aisles over the last twelve years. Yes, this is good — good for tea awareness — and good for variety. But please don’t forget your local tea shop. Stop saying to yourself that one day your going to go and check them out — by the time that ‘one day’ comes — your local tea shop owner may be out of business.

In most of these tea shops you will probably encounter the owner — someone who loves tea! Eager to help you, educate you, and prepare samples for you to taste. There are usually a lot of events going on in local shops where they will prepare numerous samples for you and feature many different types of tea. There is so much to learn! But you won’t know this until you walk in their front door! Yes, the next best thing would be to check them out online, too.

Having been a retail shop owner — I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard people say upon entering for their very first time, “I’ve been meaning to drop by since you opened.” Some will swear you’ve only been open a year — when it is three years. Please do it — especially for your holiday shopping. This may be what keeps them up and running for at least another year.

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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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