Kasia Lindeberg had always had a love for wellness teas and a knack for finding brews that can soothe different ailments. So, when she saw an opportunity to turn her passion for tea into a business, she was all in. Learn her secrets so you can start earning, too.
Her love for wellness tea started in a healthfood store.
‘‘While working in a healthfood store, I was helping a customer with herbs, and we got to talking about my love of tea. She saw how passionate I was and suggested I start my own tea store. I never thought of myself as a business person, so I prayed about it and decided it was worth a try. In 2016, I founded Open Door Tea.
“To get the business off the ground, I found a space to lease, and when I told my church about it, people donated tea cups. I also went to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and estate sales to find furniture.
“Open Door Tea is a European-style tea room. We offer more than 100 tea varieties (some we blend ourselves) and wellness or functional teas that have healing properties and promote relaxation, digestion, and pain relief. During the pandemic, I gathered friends for virtual tea tastings for fun. A company in New York City got wind of it and asked us to host one for their employees. Now, the tastings are a huge hit!
“Every day, customers thank us because it’s a little oasis for them where they can sit by themselves, feel renewed or celebrate special occasions. I never intended this to be a big business, but it’s growing fast, and now my children work with me too! The business generates $500,000 a year. The money I make goes toward home improvements! ”
A version of this article originally appeared in our print magazine, Woman’s World.