Wouldn't it be dreamy to enjoy dessert from time to time without loading on guilty calories? Well, a new downtown entrepreneur plans to make those dreams reality when she opens Sweet Simpliciteas.
Aisha Echols started blending her own loose teas to make healthy drinks for herself and her family. She noticed when she used high-quality ingredients, she didn't feel the need to add a bunch of sweeteners and flavored creamers to make her drinks delicious. She started experimenting with all-natural ingredients to improve the taste of some of the teas (like chamomile), and she even blended a special concoction to ease teething pain for her daughter. Passion flamed, and she opened an online Etsy shop and also sold her Sweet Simpliciteas at places like Celebrate Local.
But a little bit of kismet kicked in when she lost her job and, on the same day, was contacted by the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI). She found out about the Kick Start Columbus program from the folks at ECDI, and she entered the contest to win rent for a year, plus a host of other big prizes. Her business plan was selected, and now she is getting ready to open up shop at 259 South Third Street.
“The day I left one place, I was presented with another opportunity. I was given a little push,” Aisha said. “I’ve never worked harder in my life, but I love it.”
Aisha enjoys a niche of dessert teas like Chocolate Chip Chai and Crème Brulee Latte, but she offers plenty of other blended teas for those who prefer traditional favorites. She will offer about 30 blends of all natural, high-quality teas – all guilt-free.
Look for details of a soft opening within the next few weeks, and a May grand opening. You’ll be able to buy tea by the cup, or purchase loose teas by the ounce. Either way, you’ll find some cozy seating, free WiFi, and some grab-and-go pastries and sandwiches.