The year 2020 is a year most people would like to forget. I’m one of those people.
I am fortunate (so far) that I have not had COVID and I have not had any close friends or relatives who have either. However, I am a victim of COVID from the point of view of my storefront.
As required in March 2020, I closed my business when “non-essential” businesses were told to close. We were closed for several months and when the rules loosened up we attempted to reopen. It couldn’t work. Our beautiful cottage is small and the guidelines for table distancing meant we could only use four tables in our entire dining area. Not only would four tables not allow enough customers to enjoy our space and products, when one customer bought a cup of tea and spent three hours on their computer at one of those four tables we knew we would not be able to recover.
Not one to sit idle, during our months of closure we continued to develop our business into a special order and on-line ordering venue with curbside pick up or shipping available. Our reopening experience confirmed to us that the new business style was our future. We officially closed our brick and mortar location in September 2020, split the combined bakery and tea room into two separate businesses and have continued to serve our customers as virtual businesses.
This isn’t just my story, it’s the story of thousands of small businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. Many either learned to adapt and move into the virtual world of on-line stores/sales or closed entirely.
On the brighter side, 2021 is looking promising and our customers have welcomed the new business style, supporting my tea business, Tea Inspired Life, as an on-line store and blog.
I am grateful for my loyal customers and new customers and look forward to continuing to provide the large selection of premium loose-leaf teas and tea accessories you’ve come to enjoy.
I am also creating some new and exciting options for learning about and enjoying teas from around the world. More on that soon . . .
Cheers to a Cuppa,