Summertime Thoughts + A Summertime Sale (from July 2019 Newsletter)

July 11, 2019 3 min read

Summertime is a hard time for small businesses in hot weather states. That is unless the business is focused on hot weather activities. I mean, if you're a snow cone stand or a swimsuit retailer then now is your time to shine!

Summertime is an important time to keep your favorite small businesses in mind. Visit them. Buy from them if you have the money. Support them however you're able to do it, even if it's just a post on social media about how much you appreciate that they're still around and how they enrich your experience of where you live.

A friend of mine of recently posted this question on Facebook: "What do you (still) love about Austin?" I thought that was a really interesting question (it's the opposite of how many of us Austin long stays talk about Austin now) and it led to some fun discussion.

As you might imagine, most of the answers involved friends, home, music and many of the amazing outdoor areas in our town. But a lot of people mentioned specific small businesses that they love (tacos! movies! grocery stores! music venues! even an honest to God bookstore!). I think it's really interesting how small businesses can enrich our experience of living in our towns. What are some of your favorite things about your town? Maybe make sure those things, whatever they are, know that you value them.

To ward off our summertime cash flow doldrums,we're having a Summertime Sale from now until end of day 7/14/19 (this Sunday).

The sale is 10 % off all items in our online tea shop - including items which are already on sale! There is no code to enter - the extra 10 % off is automatically entered into your cart (please note, this sale is cannot be combined with other discount codes however). We've got several new teas that you might want to explore with this sale plus it's an excellent opportunity to sign up for one of our monthly tea clubs or even catch a discount on one of our tea classes!

Our tea classes are really fun. If you're free on a Monday evening and you live in or around Austin, come take a class with us. You'll learn a lot about tea, drink a lot of tea, meet some new people, and get to ask as many tea-related questions as you'd like.

This is a great class for anyone looking to understand the fundamentals of why different types of tea are different from one another and how to get the best out of your teas. We taste a ton of tea in this class.

In this gathering we explore the four main kinds of oolong and different ways to prepare them. Oolong is considered a connoisseur's tea, but don't let that stop you if you're just at the oolong curious stage. The goal is to approach all teas with a beginner's mind so you'll fit right in. We'll be drinking several really fancy teas, plus you get your own special cup to take home with you.

This is a brand new class for us this summer. We've got some great aged Liu Bao teas in and I wanted to put some time towards helping people understand the category of fermented teas. Fermented teas include pu-erh (both ripe and raw) and several different kinds of heicha. We'll be tasting some killer teas, plus you get your own special cup (it's made for drinking fermented teas) to take home with you.