Category: Across the Globe

A Skater’s Paradise

With amazing views and a 12-foot-deep bowl, the Bondi Beach Skate Park in Sydney is any skater’s dream. The park got its start in 1991 as two skate ramps. The current incarnation was built in 2004 thanks in no small part to John Fox—a former skater who volunteers to take care of the grounds and keep the bowl tag-and trash-free. The park is painted swimming pool aqua blue in a nod to the dry backyard pools of Venice Beach, CA, that were the best place for young skaters to get their wheels under them back in the Dogtown days of the early 1970s—a scene that inspired Aussie skaters like Fox.

Tea & Hundreds of Thousands of Women Around the World

I started my first business when I was about 9 or 10 years old. It was a retail business. Well, I’m not sure you would call it retail. Or even a business. But I sold stuff. Sometimes I would convince my neighborhood friends to raid their family pantries for ingredients that we could somehow turn into a baked good. Then we would go door-to-door. Who needs Thin Mints or a good cause! We had sugar, flour, and social networking. (Although I’m pretty sure I didn’t track my cost of goods sold very accurately — or at all.)

My first real business was also in retail. When I was 15, I started a delivery business for helium-filled balloons. Keep in mind that even in Tennessee you can’t drive when you are 15. So I guess that means that I co-founded my first legitimate business with my parents. They were the drivers, the landlords, and my board of directors. I had marketing collateral and financial statements — all hand-written on bright yellow paper and kept in a turquoise 3-ring binder that held my official business license tucked in the side pocket.

Tea works with 300 local boutiques around the country. These boutiques provide a service, human connection, and meaningful work for local communities.

Little Citizens of the World

A post from Tea Collection CEO and co-founder, Leigh Rawdon.

This is Rudi. Age 11. Loves reading. Loves music, especially listening to his parents and their friends singing and playing piano or violin or bass. He generally gets along with his brother, and he appreciates the home his parents have made for their family.

Rudi Friedrichs, Age 10. Berlin, 1937 or 1938

 

Rudi is proud of his dad, a doctor, who served in the first World War as a medic, taking care of fellow Germans. He enjoys the family’s traditions such as the humor from the annual search for matzah at Passover. He has a lot in common with most kids we know.

I’ve seen this picture and heard these stories, and I always put myself in Rudi’s shoes. But now, as a mother of a ten-year-old, I see myself in Rudi’s mom.

Adventures Down Under: Foreign Correspondent Sumiya Khan

IMG_6524Meet Sumiya Khan, mom and long-time Tea customer, who embarked on the journey from Connecticut to Australia this past fall with her family of four. Follow along as she shares her story with us at Studio Tea.

Foreign Correspondent: The Free Family Travels Abroad


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Meet Kasey Free, mom and new Tea-friend who spent 6 weeks traveling through Morocco, Italy and Spain with her husband and two littles. Follow along as she shares her story with us at Studio Tea.

Global Mom + Correspondent: Meet Andrea Fellman

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We’re kicking off  a series of guest posts written by the wonderful Andrea Fellman of Wanderlust Living. Andrea’s set out to interview global moms + dads who are very “Tea” – they look for adventure in their lives and strive to make the foreign familiar for their families through travel and curiosity! A long time Tea partner and a woman who truly embodies the Tea spirit, we’re thrilled to have Andrea as a foreign correspondent (she lives in Barcelona!). To start the series, we’d like to introduce you to Andrea through an interview of Andrea herself. Read on to get to know her and make sure you check back to meet all of the amazing families each month. 

Turning a Work Trip Into A Memorable Vacation

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To help everyone at Tea “go there,” we make a yearly contribution to each employee for international travel and exploration. Upon their return, our Tea travelers write a blog post to share their adventures with all of us (and the world)! Diana, Tea’s Director of Production & Sourcing, extended her work travel to become a personal vacation in Peru. Here she shares stories of a trip that will forever live in their hearts.