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Lady Baker's Tea Turns 10!

I am not one to choose a roller coaster ride at the fair. I generally head for the merry-go-round. My favourite ride at Disneyland was 'It's a Small World, After All' where, sitting in a little rowboat, I listened to that sweet gentle song as I floated from country to country, watching all the figures singing in harmony and emanating a sense of community.

So why on earth would I think that starting my own business would be just the journey I should embark upon? Little did I know that I had just stepped onto the platform to get on the roller coaster!

Though sometimes I feel I am hanging on for dear life, it has been worth the ride. 

For the record, I believe that tea is connected to survival when one looks at the history of the beverage. Tea has meaning. Tea is a strong and fortifying plant origin and has been the source of many mystical, spiritual and healing experiences. 

Sharing tea time with the elderly and home-bound started when I was a child and continued on when I was a young mother. It was the catalyst that spurred on Lady Baker's Tea Trolley in 2001 as a sole proprietorship in North Carolina. 

Fascination with the tea product itself led me to pursue incorporating and educating myself and others by acquiring a space at the Charlottetown Farmers' Market which opened its booth to me on December 1, 2007.

I was an Islander returning to my roots after 35 years away and embarking, or so I thought, on a small, peaceful and simple enterprise.

Over these ten years, I have experienced many of the difficult issues that present themselves in small business on a very small island. I have also experienced the deep satisfaction of seeing a little dream grow, evolve and finally take on its own amazing form!

For this I can only give credit to the wonderful community of tea drinkers who have shared this heart-felt journey of discovery, friendship, desire for good health and the comfort that this elusive beverage mysteriously brings to our lives.

As a thank you to everyone who has been with me from the beginning as well as to all the newer customers who have joined and continue to join our community every day, I am giving a 12 Teas of Christmas package away! To enter all you need to do is leave a comment below this post telling me where you live and either how you first encountered Lady Baker's Tea, or a positive experience you have had with my tea. I will announce the winner in my next blog post on December 16th! I look forward to reading your stories! 

In celebration of 10 successful years in business, and in anticipation of many more to come, I raise my cup to you all!  

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9 comments

allie.futterer@utoronto.ca

I haven’t tried the tea yet but first encountered Lady Baker’s Tea on Facebook—recommended by a dear friend! Thanks!

Jamie

I live in Minnesota. My husband surprised me for my 50th birthday with a trip to PEI (I’ve wanted to visit since I was a little girl.) I had LBT at the Dalvay. I loved the Lady’s Slipper blend so much, that the server was kind enough to point us to the farmers’ market. I brought some home and it didn’t last long. Luckily, I could buy it online and keep stocked with Lady’s Slipper and many other favorites. FYI-The Lady’s Slipper is the state flower of Minnesota – like it is the provincial flower of PEI, so we have something in common. Congrats on your anniversary! I’ve been buying online for 5 years now and it’s been wonderful to see your growth.

Fabienne Gagnon

Dear Lady Baker,
I tasted your marvelous Island strawberry Green tea while on a vacation this summer in beautiful PEI!
Since then, I can’t began m’y day without ut! I discovered some other delicious teas and I order from Longueuil Quebec. Hope to ne back on the Island next summer and meet you!

Debbie Burnett

If You got my first comment great. The internet went down as is went to th sent button so I’m re doing the ycomment

What a ride ! I’m so proud of You Kathy .It is not easy being a business owner sometimes. Congratulations on Your 10 th year. Although we live miles apart I have enjoyed keeping up with You on Your blog. From time to time You have asked Me to join You on the ride and I’m glad I said yes. I love You Kathy. I’m raising My Tea cup to the next 10 years,

Linda Stewart

Since trying Lady Baker’s Teas, I finally enjoy the taste of green tea. I am a regular purchaser of Lady Baker’s teas and I enjoy two or more cups a day now. I always inhale the aroma when I open the teas. They are pure ambrosia.

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