Tuesday April 29, 2014 | 2 comments
Could it be true? I started writing for T Ching in 2009? Time flies! And life moves on. It made me wonder about some of the companies and tea entrepreneurs I have written about over the years and where they are now. So, I did a little investigating and found that changes have definitely occured. Here is a short wrap-up and update!
T. Tea Bar
David Bellasario was already a successful and seasoned entrepreneur in Canadian mall retailing when he saw the opportunity in loose leaf tea, and founded Teaopia in 2005. The stores were always located in high-end premium mall space. David was so focused about how he wanted the chain branded, he actually wrote his own article, so to speak, rather than have me interview him for it. And a great job he did at that! The chain was over 30 stores strong when the news came: Teavana (now owned by Starbucks) purchased David’s tea chain for many millions of dollars in 2012. The Teaopia signs came down and the Teavana signs went up. Another successful venture for a very skilled and hard-working businessman/entrepreneur!
And then, there are those that have gone . . . I don’t know where.