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Friday, January 18, 2013

The Journey

Happy New Year!  We wish you health, happiness and peace for 2013 and thank you for your ongoing support.  We are looking forward to many wonderful things in the new year and want to help inspire everyone to make this year the best yet.

Yes, that's tea! A lot of Pu Er.
For our first blog post of the new year, we would like to share the journey that has resulted in the start of a very exciting 2013 for The Tea Plant.  We hope that our experiences on this journey from the past year will bring us together over many wonderful pots of tea in the coming months.

So many exciting moments made up 2012.  The most memorable ones are those that have led to the creation of Sip Tea Lounge.  The dream of the tea lounge started in 2009 when we attended the wedding of two very special friends in India (thanks Suresh and Sarah), and became a reality over the last year because of the continued support of friends, family and local community members who encouraged, motivated and inspired us to keep going forward and stay focused.  The meetings at the neighborhood farmer's market, the conversations over brick oven pizzas with friends, the weekend advice phone calls from Vermont, the constructive feedback from our valued customers, the travel to China (where we made new friends and learned how much more there is to learn) all kept us going to the finish.

We found great comfort in the small steps along the way like outlining the silhouette of a kitchen with blue tape on a concrete floor, completing a document to be handed in to the town and learning the history of the materials we considered for the shop.  At times, these tasks seemed quite difficult, but looking back now, the outcome would not have been as satisfying without every small and, sometimes admittedly tedius, step.

The most amazing part of this whole project has been meeting the artists that turned all of the little pieces and parts into something functional, big and amazing.

Looking back, it's hard to believe that we have arrived at this moment, and we hope that the journey continues as we make new experiences, try new things and meet new friends.  All along, our goal was to create a community environment to share tea and nourish the soul.  It's your turn now.  Don't let anything hold you back.  Let's get started!

Sip Tea Lounge will be open starting Tuesday, January 15, 2013.  It is located at:

286C New York Avenue

Huntington, New York 11743

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