Greensboro, North Carolina-based tea store Vida pour Tea presents a serene tea expertise that facilities round wellness. Positioned simply North of downtown Greensboro in a historic constructing that was constructed within the 1930s, it’s a good place for de-stressing and taking time for oneself.
Sarah Chapman (Photograph courtesy of Sarah Chapman)
Proprietor Sarah Chapman’s introduction to tea occurred whereas she
was an adolescent in Upstate New York. She was an avid ice hockey participant and
used to have tea along with her dad after matches. “Our ritual was going out to
Chinese language and Japanese eating places wherever we traveled and my favourite factor to
do within the chilly climate was drink tea. It was like my reward after video games. Tea
holds a particular significance for me and it’s a factor of consolation,” stated Chapman.
Tea helped relieve her nervousness and soothe her abdomen.
Chapman graduated from faculty in Greensboro, North Carolina
and although Afternoon tea and candy tea have been out there, she observed the straightforward entry
to high-quality tea was lacking.
Throughout her research within the College of North Carolina at
Greensboro’s Attire Product Design and Merchandizing program she studied
overseas in Thailand the place she discovered about its clothes business, “That actually
acquired me eager about looking for a method to work with truthful commerce, particularly,”
Moreover, her allergic reactions impressed her to review beneath a
naturopath and be taught extra about well being and wellness.
She initially labored in graphic design after which started
sharing her love of tea by instructing folks about it of their houses and internet hosting
tea tastings at native companies. She taught in regards to the tea plant itself, as
nicely as natural teas and the potential advantages of every element of a mix.
She needed to make tea’s wellness advantages accessible to everybody.
She determined create area that introduced tea and wellness collectively in a cushty and calming surroundings—an area that embodies the emotions tea induces. She opened Vida pour Tea in July of 2014. The identify is a play on the Spanish saying, “Vida por ti,” which suggests “life for you.” “The identify combines the tea and wellness features and match completely for me,” Chapman stated.
Vida pour Tea (Photograph courtesy of Sarah Chapman)
Chapman has simply over 100 teas and tisanes in her stock
and prioritizes sourcing natural, truthful commerce teas from about 15 distributors. “There
is one thing for everyone,” stated Chapman, who presents quite a lot of teas from high-end
pu-erhs to her personal blends, akin to “Apple Pie.” She assists her clients who
want steerage in direction of sure teas that may assist with totally different well being points
to create a custom-made wellness expertise. Clients can even create their very own
customized blends based mostly upon their wants. At the moment, the most well-liked tea is one which
is supposed to assist with allergic reactions.
“I feel my tea home is totally different as a result of it’s virtually like a reverse coffee store. It’s finished in a approach that’s informal,” stated Chapman.
The tea store has well-spaced tables within the entrance the place
folks can chill out or work, in the event that they select. A wellness lounge resides within the again
the place folks research, meet for e-book golf equipment, and observe kirtan. The clientele is
eclectic and consists of college students, women and men. “Each kind of particular person you could possibly
think about is there and is pleased to be there and unwind,” stated Chapman.
Vida pour Tea nook area (Photograph courtesy of Sarah Chapman)
She additionally sells gluten free and vegan treats sourced from
native bakeries, in addition to teaware, domestically made pottery, tea towels and pores and skin
care merchandise containing tea.
“I hope clients really feel like they’ve discovered a spot that’s
their spot that they get pleasure from and need to share with a particular pal or household, a
area that makes them really feel snug and the place they will decelerate a little bit
bit and actually belief the components in all the pieces from the meals to the tea and
physique care objects,” stated Chapman.