6- Years Of Tea & Whisk Journey

6 years ago, when I started this tea company without thinking about how it would change my life forever. At that time, the decision of starting a tea business is mainly because I was trying to fill a spot that is missing in the area. I would never imagine that tea has become a big part of my life and I can't think of doing any other business other than tea.

I still remember the first time I was selling terrible tea that I thought was great quality. I am very fortunate I was able to meet friends that able to guide me to the correct path. It took many mistakes and almost went out of business more than I can think. But today, we are here to stay and our business is much better than ever before.

Below are some photos to show you how we started and how it has become the way it is today. Thanks for being part of our journey!

Tea & Whisk back in 2016

Our shop looks very different back in 2016! Our new location is much more intimate and it allows us to connect with our customers on a deeper level.

From Western Style to Traditional Style

Over the past few years, our tea shop has undergone a transformation. We've changed our focus from selling blended teas and western-style teaware to carrying a wider selection of traditional teas and teaware.

While we still offer a few blended teas and herbal teas, our primary focus is now on providing our customers with the highest quality traditional teas available. The quality of our teaware has also drastically improved.

Our teaware reflects the diversity of cultures that are now predominantly handmade by artists from China, Taiwan, and Japan.

Tea Bar Was added in 2018

We added a tea bar where customers can hang out and do tea tasting

Retail shop became a tea cafe

When we first started our tea shop, it was more of a retail space where people could come to pick up their favorite loose-leaf teas. However, we quickly realized that there was a demand for a more relaxing tea-drinking experience. People wanted somewhere they could sit down and enjoy a cup of tea. So, we transformed our shop into a tea cafe. We added more seatings, tables, and a tea bar where people could come to relax and enjoy a cup of tea.

The response was overwhelming! People loved having a place where they could unwind with a cup of their favorite tea. We even started hosting tea-tasting events and workshops.

Saturday Tea Social

This was one of our first weekly Tea Socials. Customers could drink unlimited tea all night for just $10. They made new friends over tea, played board games, and sipped iced and hot teas all night!

Tea Social Night

Our city has always been known for its casinos and nightlife. But a few years ago, we decided to try and create something different - a tea community.

We knew it wouldn't be easy, but we were determined to give it a shot. So we came up with the idea of Tea Social Night. For only $10, customers could drink unlimited teas, iced teas, tea shakes, and enjoy live music.

This crazy deal helped to get the community going, and people loved it! Customers would often stay from 5 pm up to midnight - or even later!

It was an amazing experience, and it definitely created an impression on our community. Thanks for everything, Tea Social Night!

Daily Tea Classes

We had so much fun doing different tea-related activities! We did things like tea roasting classes, matcha classes, and blind tea tasting events.

Daily Tea Classes and Tea Tastings

Back then, we were fully committed with offering affordable tea tastings and tea classes. A lot of our tastings were free! It was very important for us to be able to educate our community about tea quality. We offered classes like tea roasting classes, matcha classes, and blind tea tasting events. Our customers' favorite class was probably the blind tea tasting event. They were able to try a lot of different teas and guess what they were. It was really fun to learn about all the different types of tea and how to identify them. We also got to meet some really great people who love tea as much as we do.

Nowadays we still offer tea classes and tastings but we do a lot of private reservations instead. We've found that this allows us to give our guests a more intimate and customized experience.

Our goal has always been to provide our guests with the best possible tea experience and we feel that this new format allows us to do just that.

Tea & Whisk Today
We eventually moved to a much quieter place, where we can be away from the crowd. Our customers appreciate the calmness of our tea shop.
A Special Tea table
As you walk into our tea house, you'll notice the calm and serene atmosphere. The only light comes from the window, casting a warm and inviting glow. Our tea table is custom made, with tea pets and a built-in river that flows directly to your cup.
discover the fascinating world of tea
These days, we put a lot more emphasis on the culture and education surrounding tea. The results have been amazing. Customers who leave our shop always seem to be so much more passionate about what makes tea amazing.
Our New Tea Experience
Our new tea house is a place to learn and appreciate good tea. We will be offering plenty classes that will be even better than before. These classes will allow people to come and learn about different types of tea, how to properly brew it, and how to appreciate them. Our goal is to create a space where people can come to relax, learn, and enjoy good tea.

Tea & Whisk Today

We all know 2020 was a tough year for everyone. When the pandemic hit, everything changed. Restaurants and cafes were forced to close their doors, and people were reluctant to leave their homes. When pandemic hit and everyone was doing take-out only orders, we knew we had to do something different.

Despite the challenges, we decided to take a risk and invest more in one-on-one experiences.So we removed our beverages and café offerings and started doing private tastings instead. It was a risky move, but it paid off.

Customers who are willing to spend more time learning about our high-quality teas are much more educated and willing to spend more. As a result, we've been able to create a more intimate and engaging experience for our customers. We're so grateful for the support of our community during this difficult time.

We eventually moved to a much quieter place, where we could be away from all the crowds. Our customers appreciate the calmness of our tea shop.

Tea has been such an amazing journey for me. When I first started out, I had no idea that it would take me to so many different places and introduce me to so many different people. It has truly been a trip of a lifetime. I have met some amazing people along the way and I have learned so much about different cultures and knowledge.

I am grateful for every single day that I get to spend working with tea. It is truly a passion of mine and I cannot imagine living without it. Thank you for being part of my journey and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for us! Thank you!

- Leo Lukidi