Tea and Things of that Kind Struggles to Open
Despite the premature closing of both Sugarhill Java and Tea Lounge and The Harlem Tea Room, a new tea room is hoping to open on 137th and Seventh Avenue by Mother’s Day. Mother and son team Laila and Na’im Najieb have been planning their tea room, Tea and Things of That Kind, since 2006.
The Najiebs have always been avid about tea and holistic health methods. Therefore, when a bodega and laundry mat closed down and space became available for rent in their community, they decided to rent it and create a tea room and community resource.
“There is definitely a need for a tea room, but not necessarily in the generic sense,” he said, adding that holistic health and healing will be a major role of the business.
He and his mother plan to provide health consultations, massage therapy and non-prescription natural path health remedies for individuals in the local community.
“Customers will get more information and access on how to better (their) health,” he said. “You have to go downtown for health food or organic tea. We want them to be available uptown, in Harlem.”
Although we are in the midst of a recession, Tea and Things of that Kind has high hopes of opening their tea room on time and maintaining a successful business that is deeply rooted in the Harlem community. They need your help to add the finishing touches. To find out how you can help click here.
Excerpt from World Tea News