We took #TEAONTHEROAD to Austin

#TEAONTHEROAD

We packed our bags and took #TEAONTHEROAD to Austin, Texas for the last four days of July. For what feels like years now, we’ve been throwing around the idea of a pop-up shop. We did some research and decided that Austin could be the perfect place to try out this concept. As long time fans of TOMS, we reached out and pitched the idea of setting up shop in their backyard on South Congress for a back-to-school event… you can only imagine how thrilled we hear they were on board!

So, for the first time ever, we took Tea on the road. We packed as much as we could into those four days, and man was it worth it. It was hot, we all were sweaty, but a wonderful time was had by all. From those rainy first days of set-up to the rush of customers that very first morning, #TEAONTHEROAD was full of surprises and we loved every minute of it.

Here, we share a special look at just what happened in Austin. We wish you all could have been there… And we can’t wait to hear where you think we should go next!

Tea Neighborhood Shop at Kid Dynamo

Tea Neighborhood Shop at Kid Dynamo

We talk a lot about going “around the world”, but the other side of this phrase “and across the street” is just as important. We know that being a good citizen (big or little) means being a good neighbor, too.

Local boutiques have always been an integral part of the community. Shopkeepers know their neighbors, greet customers by name, watch babies grow into big kids. This August, we launched our very first Tea Neighborhood Shop at Kid Dynamo in Berkeley, CA. Kid Dynamo has long been a retailer of Tea and we treasure the relationship we have with shop owners, Erin and Holly. Around the world and across the street, neighborhoods are where life happens. And that’s exactly where we want to be. So, what does a Tea Neighborhood Shop look like?

Tea’s 2016 Back to School Giveaway

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How quickly summer seems to come and go! With the first day of school just around the corner, we’ve been busy pulling out lunch boxes, dusting off backpacks and unpacking school supplies. We’ve also been busy gathering a few of our favorite back to school partners, giving three of you the chance to win $750 worth of back to school goodies. So, just what does that include? Here’s the breakdown… 

Shoe Etiquette in Japan

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There are many traditions in Japan, many of which may be foreign to those who are not familiar with Japanese culture. In Japan… you never, ever, ever wear shoes inside! When you get home from school, you take your shoes off at the door, line them up, and put on your indoor slippers. 

Japanese School Lunches

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Japan is a culture filled with etiquette and customs and this is true no matter your age. In Japan… lunch is much more than a 15 minute free for all. There are lessons to learn here too! Many Japanese school children, like Jiyu, move aside their desks to dust and clean their classroom once a day.

Kanji Activity

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More than 2,000 kanji characters make up the Japanese language, and each character has a meaning as well as a sound. Kanji are used for writing nouns, adjectives, adverbs and verbs. Their beautiful designs are seen throughout Japan, on buildings, signs, in newspapers… everywhere you look! We were mesmerized by not only the beauty of the written kanji, but how each kanji character, when written out, can look like the thing it describes. We’ve put together 6 kanji characters for you to try at home with your little citizens. Download our acitivty sheet and make sure to share you kanji with us!

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Ramen, Udon, Soba… Oh my!

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Think you’re skilled with chopsticks? Meet Jiyu, our friend in Tokyo who at the young age of 3, has mastered the art. In Japan… ramen, udon and soba are three popular kinds of noodles kids eat throughout the week. Learn more about these yummy noodles and get our recipe for a kid-friendly for ramen, just like the dish we enjoyed in Tokyo.