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After dozens of pop-ups we are READY to open the first loose leaf tea bar in CLT. We'd love for you to join us in making it happen!
61 backers pledged $7,270 to help bring this project to life.

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Our Kickstarter campaign is about bringing the FIRST exclusively loose leaf tea bar to Charlotte, North Carolina. Birch Fine Tea was started by myself (Alena) and my sister Kristina just a little over 2 years ago.  We are originally from Ukraine and have dreamed about opening a tea bar to showcase the beauty of the tea leaf, beyond the sweet tea which is so prevalent here in the South. 

Our dream felt quite in the distance... "one day" was often at the tip of our tongues. However like in most cases, when life changing events occur - things change quickly. In July of 2015, I was diagnosed with a rare chemo resistant Ovarian Cancer and Heart Failure. I dropped down to 80 pounds, the cardiologists were skeptical that my heart would never recover and at one point hospice was recommended. At a time where I was criticized by some doctors for refusing hospice, I CHOSE to look forward towards the future and work towards our dream! 

During my recovery, between doctor visits Kristina and I spent our "down time" researching everything we needed to know to start an online loose leaf tea company. We poured our soul into every step of the process, from package design to building the website and tea selection.  We sampled hundreds of tea until we found the right quality and flavor to showcase to our community! 

After launching our online store we were blessed to get involved in the vendor community in our lovely Queen City. In 2018, we participated in dozens of pop-up events from Girl Tribe pop-up, to Art & Soul of South End and OMB Holiday Market! With each event we've received an overwhelming positive response from the community and are THRILLED to take the next step in our business! 

Since the beginning of this journey, we have self-funded each step of the the process and are thankful to be debt-free. Your support will get us within reach of opening a tea bar in Charlotte THIS SPRING!! To us, Kickstarter is an amazing way to get our community involved in the process and to offer something as a way to say thank you for sharing this experience with us!

These funds will be used for: 

  • Increasing inventory
  • Main counter build-out
  • Furnishing our tea bar
  • POS/cash register
  • Signage and shop decor

Birch Fine Tea -Bar will also offer services, such as:

  • Free tasting any time
  • Regular mini vendor pop-ups
  • Tea education
  • Classes and workshops
  • Private events and meet-ups

 We thank you and can't wait to serve you!! 

Alena + Kristina

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14 oz Double Wall Glass Tea Tumbler
14 oz Double Wall Glass Tea Tumbler

Risks and challenges

Of course, opening a tea bar comes with some risk. A brick-and-mortar operation carries significantly higher overhead. We have plans in place to help us ramp up revenues to the level we'll need to stay open. Our diversification plan will allow us to bring in a whole new demographic of customers. In addition, we are thankful that Camp North End has invested in supporting local small businesses and is adamant to see us all succeed! There are no other loose leaf tea shops in the vicinity, so we really will have the market to ourselves.

Working out of this new venue will also enable us to distribute our product to retail, as well as greatly increasing our wholesale customer base. We will continue to retail online and come out to see you at all our favorite events!

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    THANK YOU

    You are INCREDIBLE! Thank you for supporting our small business. We are forever grateful and praying a big thank you in your direction!

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    #BirchDaily

    (1) Birch Fine Tea sticker

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    (1) 2 oz BIRCH FINE TEA

    Birch Fine Tea will pick 2 oz of our delicious teas for you + a cup of hot tea (YOUR CHOICE) at our Birch Fine Tea location @ Camp North End

    *Please let us know if you have any allergies
    *A survey will go out at the end of the campaign to narrow down your preference for the 2 oz tea

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    SAMPLER PACK:

    Birch Fine Tea will put together a custom sample pack of 5 of our favorite blends for you! (Approximately 35 cups)
    *Please let us know if you have any allergies
    *A survey will go out at the end of the campaign to narrow down your preference for the sampler

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    LOCAL ONLY:

    (2) Matcha Lattes + (2) Eclairesse Macarons at Birch Fine Tea-Bar at Camp North End

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    STRAWBERRY SUMMER:

    (1) Birch Fine Tea sticker
    (1) 2 oz Organic Long Island Strawberry - Green Tea (Approx. 20-25 cups)
    (1) Sampler Pack: 5 of our favorite blends ( Approx. 35 cups)
    *Please let us know if you have any allergies
    *A survey will go out at the end of the campaign to narrow down your preference for the 2 oz tea

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    TEA-SHIRT:

    (1) BOSS BABES DRINK TEA
    The perfect gift for any boss babe in your life!
    (1) Birch Fine Tea sticker

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    ON THE GO:

    (1) 14 oz double-wall GLASS tea tumbler
    (1) 2 oz Organic Long Island Strawberry Green Tea (or Blueberry Dream for caffeine-free option)
    (1) Birch Fine Tea sticker

    *Please let us know if you have any allergies
    *A survey will go out at the end of the campaign to narrow down your preference for the 2 oz tea

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    ON-THE-GO LOCAL:

    (1) Birch Fine Tea double-wall glass tea tumbler
    (1) 2 oz Organic Long Island Strawberry Green Tea (or Blueberry Dream for caffeine-free option)
    (1) Birch Fine Tea sticker
    (1) FREE hot tea + (1) Eclairesse Macaron at Birch Fine Tea - Bar @ Camp North End
    *Please let us know if you have any allergies
    *A survey will go out at the end of the campaign to narrow down your preference for the 2 oz tea

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    BIRCH FINE TEA 4 LIFE:

    (1) Birch Fine Tea double-wall glass tea tumbler
    (1) Boss Babes Drink Tea (tea-shirt)
    (1) Birch Fine Tea sticker

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    4 THE TEA LOVER:

    (12) 2 oz bag of our favorite tea - A YEAR SUPPLY!
    (1) 100 count tea filters
    (1) Birch Fine Tea sticker

    *Please let us know if you have any allergies
    *A survey will go out at the end of the campaign to narrow down your preference for the TWELVE 2 oz teas

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    WE'LL THROW IN THE MUG:

    (25) Drinks of any kind at Birch Fine Tea - Bar location @ Camp North End
    (1) Birch Fine Tea Mug

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    TEA SOIREE:

    Private Party with up to 10 of your closest friends at our Birch Fine Tea - Bar location at Camp North End
    *Tea/Desserts provided BYOBubbly
    *3 hours Morning/Afternoon/Evening YOU decide!

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    THE GREEN CARD:

    A year's worth of Matcha lattes and exclusive perks. This means one FREE matcha per day for 365 days!
    *Birch Fine Tea - Bar @ Camp North End

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    BIRCH FINE TEA VIP

    A custom blend named after you in our permanent collection. Your name permanently installed in a prominent spot in our tea bar.
    (2) Invitations to all our exclusive events
    (1) Double glass wall tea tumbler
    (12) 2 oz tea bags of our loose leaf tea
    (25) ANY drink at Birch Fine Tea - Bar @ Camp North End
    (1) VERY VERY VERRYYY SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS

    *Please let us know if you have any allergies
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