Sunday, January 30, 2011

New Website and Concept

This will be my last post on this blog.  Thank you so much for your support!  I made some recent major changes and The Good Leaf will have a new focus in the future.  I am offering a subset of beneficial teas I had been offering in the past, along with some new beneficial blends.  My new website, www.therapytea.com just went live, and it's accompanied by a new blog, http://therapybeginswithtea.blogspot.com.

I am happy about this new path; for me it's a natural progression on my path as a psychologist and "tea-lady", and I am really excited about the possibilities for helping people experience greater health and well-being benefit than what would come from drinking tea, or exploring self-help individually.

I apologize for those of you who are disappointed that I am not carrying the full line of gourmet teas I previously did.  Without the bricks and mortar shop, it is not practical for me to be blending such a huge line of teas.  I blend tea to order, and it is just too cumbersome to offer such a huge line year round.  Another reality is that a few companies that supplied my ingredients have gone out of business, and I was constantly seeking out new suppliers of rare and hard to come by ingredients.  I had to discontinue several blends for that reason.

Now I am focusing on the the line of uniquely beneficial blends I have been building over the past year or so, and a few truly unique flavored blends. These are among the most popular, delicious and helpful teas I had previously, with some new additions as well. I will still be offering seasonal special flavored teas, starting with Love White Tea for Valentine's Day so you can check back for my current offerings.

Thanks again, and I hope you will explore the new site and offerings!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thank You

Thank you so much for your support during the winter clearance sale.  I'm out of of just about everything.  I hope you enjoy all the great tea!

Friday, January 7, 2011

HUGE SALE

We're having a huge winter clearance sale. http://www.goodleaftea.com/shophome.html.  Darjeeling, Earl Grey de la Creme, Puerh, Puerh Toucha, Dragonwell, Sencha, Paimutan, Everyday White and Formosa Oolong are all available for 50% and more off.  While supplies last.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blends with Benefits! (tm)

Time sure flies.  It's been over three months since my last blog post, and I'm sure that many people think I disappeared.  Even my family has been wondering what's going on with The Good Leaf.  So, here's what's been going on.

After 3 years of bricks and mortar business, moving to an online based operation has taken some adjustment.  I thrived on the customer interaction, and on being able to help people choose their perfect tea.  You see, when I started the business, my focus was on providing a wide variety of traditional and gourmet teas, organized by tea variety.  But over time I noticed that more customers came into the shop looking for a tea to help them solve a problem than customers looking for a particular variety of tea.  Maybe it was because of my background in mind/body and health psychology and how excited I was about the benefits of tea, but I became aware of how many of my customers were looking for results - better health, relaxation, weight control, tea to help them study or meditate, or to help them feel better when they were under the weather.

Helping my customers find their perfect tea was amazingly gratifying, and a real win-win.  I was thrilled to see that I was kind of good at designing and recommending teas by function.  And, based on customer feedback, it worked!  People experienced results; they were drinking more tea, choosing the right teas, and the best part was that some were telling me how they were making other healthy choices in their lives, on the foundation of their "tea-infused lifestyle".

After I closed the shop, I began to lose energy and enthusiasm around the company.  It's not that I lost interest in tea at all, but I traded in daily interactions with fascinating and happy people for solitary time assembling boxes and printing postage. I debated whether to continue....

But then a few weeks ago, after waking up with the first signs of Upstate New York winter head, that sinusy feeling that comes the moment I close the windows and turn on the heat, I instinctively entered the herb room and proceeded to blend some eucalyptus leaves with mint, a few other herbs, and then added some essence of crisp grapefruit.  I put on the kettle, brewed up a pot, and was instantly soothed and able to take on my day with a clear head.  And with my clear head, I knew that I would not give up The Good Leaf.  And that thought resonated with my heart.

I realized it was time to change my approach and design my website as best I could to function the way the teashop functioned.  Just as the title of this blog states, The Good Leaf really is about using tea to improve life, and the real mission of  The Good Leaf is to offer my customers the easy and delicious way to experience the good life.

So, I re-designed the website and have made a few alterations to the tea line to truly focus on wellness blends.  You can still select by variety because that method works perfectly for many people, but you can also choose teas for stress relief, weight control, teas for awakening, for lifting your mood, indulgence blends, and teas to help you feel better.  The teas are now my Blends with Benefits (tm).

I do miss the interaction I had with you when the shop was open, but I'm sure that with the new website organization, you'll get the delicious and life enhancing results you want from your tea.

I welcome your feedback!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Back Online and New Stuff Available

As promised, we're back online at www.goodleaftea.com.  Hey, even before I anticipated.  I'm still not fully stocked, so some orders may take a couple of extra days, but I'm on my way.  I even have two new blends to debut, Cinnamon Peach Oolong and Strawberry Lemonade Yerba Mate.  I got myself all jacked up on the Strawberry Lemonade Mate yesterday.  I had that good mate buzz; that's how come I was able to get the website up.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

coming back soon

just a quick note - i've been in a semi hiatus since closing the shop.  setting up for our expanded online and wholesale business - i hope to be rolling again by August 1.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sentimentali-tea

I'm feeling pretty sentimental tonight. EJ made me a soylent green bubble tea and it almost brought me to tears!



Not because soylent green is people, but because I will miss you people. I will miss our Lark Street oasis and all of the time spent, connections made, and deliciousness shared.

And where else can you get fresh soylent green.

(If you don't know the reference, it's a classic 1973 Charleton Heston movie; stream it when you have a chance)