By: Sayaka Matsuoka
The first time I visited the Honeysuckle Tea House, I was captivated.
I had been to tea houses and coffee shops before but this place was in a category all its own. It was indescribable and yet it was the kind of place that you wanted to tell everyone about. It was an oasis.
Shortly after discovering the little sanctuary out in the middle of nowhere on the outskirts of Chapel Hill, I tracked down the manager, Alisa, and applied for a job there. I was hired the next week.
Working at Honeysuckle was just as eye opening an experience for me as taking in the atmosphere as a customer. The people I met as coworkers quickly became lasting friends that I could confide in and pass the time with. I found myself working long shifts and coming home not just content, but genuinely happy. I didn’t dread going to work the next day like I did with previous jobs. It quickly felt like a second home; a place to unwind even while working behind the counter with a line out the door.
That’s just the kind of place Honeysuckle is. And if you’ve been there before, chances are you know what I’m talking about. It’s the kind of place you hope sticks around so you can bring your children or grandchildren to. It’s the kind of place people brave forty degree weather to come to.
And now, while the tea house is closed for the season, I’d like to share with all of you faithful customers what we will be working on during the winter season. This blog is meant to be a way for us who work at the tea house and the outside community to connect even when we are closed. I’ll be posting pictures and information about everything we are cooking up for when we reopen in March and all the love and hard work that goes into making our tea blends and products. I’ll post about the upcoming holiday gifts and goodies that we will be making as well as tips on how to make the best cup of tea at home while you cozy up indoors. We’ll share the exciting new ventures that we will be embarking on in the coming year and how you can be a part of it all. Join us, won’t you?