In May of 2019, The Rosie Lee Co. moved to its new location and is excited to announce that they will soon be offering intimate tea classes, gourmet chocolates, fresh baked goods and of course their amazing selection of fine teas!
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 things tea related…of course!
The owner of The Rosie Lee Co., Kim has always loved tea, but it wasn’t until she met her now husband, (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 (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.
The store is aesthetically pleasing with fun vintage chairs for customers to sit and enjoy their tea while playing a game Chess, Backgammon or simply just chatting as you sit next to 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 chalkboard menus are 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.
So next time you walk down Park Ave. 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 don’t be afraid to ask questions and up your tea knowledge.
108 S Park Ave
Sanford, Florida 32771
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