#IAMNICHE-Connor Knapp of Piper and Leaf Tea Co

March 12, 2018

 

 

 

 

Q: Please tell us a great story about your business, your experiences and the gritty back-story of your journey and why your business or products are your passion.

 

A:This is a group of Family & Friends creating community through locally made tea. Piper & Leaf started just a few years ago at a local Farmers Market. Our initial focus was actually organic compost, with tea made from our garden as an afterthought. We blended together a few fruits & herbs from the fields behind our house that we liked; the tea sold out every week! No one bought compost... All of our teas are blended with as many local ingredients as possible, straight from the garden, farm, forest, and briar patch. We started our small family project to connect to one another and help create passion for our community. We opened our first commercial kitchen & production studio at Lowe Mill, the nation’s largest private Arts Community. We grew into several more farmers markets & events, while always striving to maintain our values of Family, Community, & Quality. Our mission is to serve the joy to everyone around us. Hopefully doing our part will inspire others to do the same.

 

 

Q: What has been your biggest success?

A:Seeing our community bond together and change the culture through relationships.

 

Q: What has been your biggest struggle?

A: Turning a family project into an efficient business without losing our values. Educating people about the difference of high quality tea. Once they taste our brew, they love it. The rest is history.

 

Q: What's your niche?

A:Our family and friends make unique blends of tea from the local fields, forests, and gardens on the southeast. We do not use any spray flavorings (the majority of the tea industry). We rely on top quality herbs and produce for our flavors. The rich and vibrant brews that results are amazing.

 

Q: Where do you see the retail industry in ten years?

A: As romantic as I would like to make it, if we look at history, trends tend to repeat themselves repeat themselves. As people move towards more online experiences currently, there will eventually be a rebound tide moving back towards physical interactions and experiences.

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