Purveyors Of Fine Teas, Soaps, Antiquities & Oddments-The Rosie Lee Co.
What is a girl to do when she loves all things European and desires to share her knowledge and love of fine teas? Open up a tea bar and sell all natural French soaps and lots of other fun whimsical things…of course!
Owner of The Rosie Lee Co., Kim Isaac has always loved tea, but it wasn’t until she met her now husband, Paul (who’s British by the way, told you she loves all things European) who introduced her to a traditional English tea, that she truly began to have an appreciation for traditional and natural teas. That first sip of traditional tea, which included her first taste of cream added to her tea, was a little over 6 years ago and Kim is still absorbing all she can about teas in order to educate herself and others. In fact she recently returned from a dreamy trip to London as well as recently attended a World Tea expo in Las Vegas where she excitingly got to meet James Norwood Pratt who is a well known tea connoisseur. Kim is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to teas and wants to share what she know with others.
Before we sat down to chat I asked Kim to assist me in choosing a tea. We were able to narrow it down and I decided to sip on a Turmeric Tonic Latte by Antidote (which was deliciously smooth and contained just the right amount of spice). As she freshly brewed the tea (all teas at Rosie Lee are) I took in the wall behind the counter, which is completely covered in large tin canisters each containing a tea from a different part of the world, such as China, Japan, India and the U.K. of course.
I asked Kim about some of the teas that line the wall and she quickly filled me in on how she chooses each of them. It’s not just for their taste, Kim is careful to choose teas that are high in quality, safe on the environment and the animals that live in it. Take her elephant certified teas for instance. These teas are only made on farms that do not dig elephant trenches, do not use electrical fences and are sure to create safe passages for elephants and other animals.
Both Kim and Julia, who owns Anitidote Apothecary and Spa which is located at the back of The Rosie Lee Co. each practice using and selling natural products, something that is of great importance to both of them. Natural makeup and other beauty products, such as soap that has been made the same way since the 1600s in France can be found lining the walls inside of Kim’s store as well as witty remarked magnets, art and antiques.
The store is aesthetically pleasing has fun and funky chairs placed around the store for you to sit and enjoy your tea while playing a game of Monopoloy, Chess, Backgammon or simply just chatting as you sit across from a friend. It’s fun and inviting and you’re sure to discover something new each time you step foot inside.
It wasn’t just traditional teas that Kim’s husband introduced her to, he was also the one who brought her to Sanford – and she instantly fell in love with its charm and history. And boy are we thankful for that, Paul!
Kim’s new tea bar is filled with 100+ teas from savory butter cream truffle, sweet coconut oolong to herbal sweet slumber which contains valerian root (sleep aid) and is Kim’s #1 seller. Her five foot chalkboard wall is filled with all of her specialty drinks served both hot and cold and lists teas such as English Rose Fog, Matcha Latte, Salted Caramel Latte, Turmeric Tonic by Antidote, Royal Blackberry Lemonade, and the list goes on and on. All of the teas can be made healthier with natural sweeteners such as stevia or monk fruit and all of the drinks can be served to your liking of either hot or cold.
Teas can also be enjoyed after a relaxing massage or salt room therapy from Antidote Apothecary and Spa, a match made in heaven for these two business owners. Kim is very excited to have joined forces with Julia as their businesses really complement each other, but you’ll have to decide that for yourself. So next time you walk down First Street don’t just walk by that cute store you’ve been meaning to stop into. Step inside, take a walk around, grab a cup of tea and perhaps you’ll spoil yourself with a massage.
The Rosie Lee Co.
111 E 1st Street
Sanford, Florida 32771
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