Tuesday, March 24, 2009


okay I think I made a mistake with the twitter address, it is http://twitter.com/siptea
hope this helps

Sunday, March 22, 2009

twitter & other things

siptea is on twitter, if you want updates daily on what we have as special, our soups, etc. you can follow us, siptea.biz
We have some followers already, so join in & get up to the minute updates.
Also wanted to let everyone know we have 11 award winning organic teas for you to try. Every year the World Tea Council judges the teas at the World Tea Expo & hands out prizes for the top 5 in each category. Some of the winners are not organic, but we still have almost a 3rd of our teas that have won awards. We do have two new teas to try, a Tropical Pineapple Green tea & a Blueberry Pomegranate White tea. Both are good hot & iced.
Next Friday & Sunday we will be open a bit later because of shows at the Orpheum, will twitter the exact times on the day.
Also welcome our newest member of team siptea, Jasmine. How appropriate right?!, she's still learning the ropes so be gentle. And maybe have a Jasmine Pearl green tea in her honor!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Photo of Broadway Last Sunday

Here is a photo of the view out the front when a TV pilot, Flash Forward took over Broadway last weekend.

Afternoon Tea

We found an organic baker, Oh My! Bakery in Glendale, and we are now serving afternoon or some call it high tea. We have a full afternoon tea that is a real meal or a mini tea that is sweets only. Both afternoon tea choices come with an organic pot of tea. Really excited to see if people respond to this & want to see if we get any feedback on doing afternoon tea in downtown. It's a bit different than what the Biltmore offers, so not sure if that is what people are looking for.
Tonight there is another show at the Orpheum so will have a later closing than usual to accommodate the crowd.
Also on a crazy note, we were recording when the slow dude (a guy who walks around downtown extremely slowly, more like a shuffle) passed by our storefront. We had him coming by between 3 & 4pm and then he was not seen for 3 weeks. Now you may think we just missed him, or he came at another time, or we were busy when he walked by, but let me just say that he walks so slow, it takes almost 5 minutes to clear the front, and we think one of us would have seen him. Plus we were on the look out to record his time, so we thought maybe something happened to him. As the weeks passed we were getting concerned about his absence. Well happily he returned on Wednesday & everyone who works at siptea let out a cheer! So he is alive & well and still walking slowly around downtown.

Friday, March 6, 2009

The Mayor of Los Angeles

Celebrity sighting here at siptea! Antonio Villaraigosa came in today to have a pot of green tea & a meeting with Jessica McLean of the Bringing Back Broadway Project, along with his bodyguard. I used the opportunity to mention the green roofs project that the Mayor of Chicago started and that we should use some of the green stimulus money for putting green roofs in downtown LA. He was interested in the build out of the space & I told him we followed LEED standards, but couldn't afford the certification, because you had to have an on-site LEED representative to certify your project. Too large a cost, $25,000 to $50,000, for a tea house. He said that was something the city should look into for small projects and small businesses.
He also got a kick out of the bathroom & the fact that I put Councilmember Jose Huizar's plaque up in the restroom.
Some of the customers texted friends of the Mayor sighting. Overall very cool & receptive to the place & what we were trying to do as a green business.