Tea Room vs. Tea House vs. Tea Shop – What’s the Difference?

“Tea Room,” “Tea House,” or “Tea Shop” – what’s the difference? In the world of tea, words swirl and float and often have no firm shape. They are like clouds and mist instead of something solid and definable like a mountain or a car. As a result we have herbals being called “herbal tea,” Rooibos …

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5 Tips When Buying Tea in a Tea Shop

While my article Online Tea Shopping, A Primer gave tips for that Web surfer version of hunting down just the right tea, this time I turn to those brick-and-mortar shops, especially in light of a certain coffee retailer that seems to be everywhere now getting into the tea shop business. I present my 5 tips …

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Selling Tea: Presentation, Presentation, Presentation

Have you ever seen a menu with washed out, faded pictures of food that probably wouldn't look all that good no matter how accomplished the photography was? Did it really make you want to eat at that particular restaurant? I couldn’t agree more. I've never been a particularly visual person. Words, text and the like …

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Educate or Cater To — The Role of a Tea Shop

“To educate, or not to educate? That is the question!” Ah, if Shakespeare were alive today! He would tell tea shop owners a thing or two. Selling anything is tough. Selling something like tea can be even tougher, especially to a customer base raised on instant tea, weak tea in a string-and-tag bag, and the …

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How to Start a Tea Business

With interest increasing in specialty tea, it should come as no surprise that more people are interested in starting a tea business. The Tea Association of the USA estimates that the industry here increased from $1.84 billion in 1990 to $6.85 billion in 2007, with an estimated 2400 specialty tea rooms and retail shops now …

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