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Hidden Gems: Meet Shannon Reinhardt of Joseph’s Tea

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shannon Reinhardt.

Hi Shannon, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was raised in a small town in Bucks County Pennsylvania and my parents brought me up with love, care, morals, values, and a great work ethic. When I was 14, I started working in my Grandpa’s map store, organizing files and doing small accounting tasks. I worked in fast food and waitressing, then started my first sales job at a T-Mobile store while I was putting myself through college. By 20 years old, I started my first business. That blossomed into Gifts By Shannon, a company that offered corporate gift baskets and packages as well as party favors.

Then in 2008, the recession hit and corporate gifting significantly decreased, causing me to seek a new job in sales. I dreamed of taking my love for doing makeup and making it a profession, but in PA, there were not any colleges or academies with a focus on just becoming a Makeup Artist. So I buried that dream and moved on. I have always been entrepreneurial and started a few businesses while growing a sales career in the Hospitality Industry. I moved to NYC in 2014 to pursue advancement as a Director of Sales for Sheraton Hotels. I lived in Forest Hills Queens and worked in Brooklyn and Manhattan. I love everything about the Hospitality Industry except the extreme stress and pressure from upper management. I loved growing and managing my team of sellers, working with my clients, creating amazing experiences, planning corporate meetings and events, the food and beverage! Everything! In 2018 I met the owner of a makeup artist academy called Metamorphosis New York. I could go to school on the weekends to become a certified Makeup Artist and still keep my full-time career in Hotels. I jumped at the opportunity to pursue a lifelong passion of bringing out the best in others through makeup application.

I graduated in January 2019 and did an apprenticeship program with their Master Artists. Then I launched Meet Shannon Lee, a Professional Makeup Artist Service. In NYC, I focused on Fashion, Models, Editorial, Photo Shoots, Special Events, and more. Now, in Florida, I focus more on Bridal and Weddings. November 3, 2019, I had a first date set up that I almost canceled because I did a Bridal Show that day and was exhausted. I have always been a person that does what I say I will do so I got myself ready and went to meet Guerby Joseph outside a restaurant in Forest Hills. I am so glad that I showed up that night because that man is now my Fiance and we are getting married on May 23, 2021! Guerby was intelligent, independent, handsome, and we both wanted the same thing… to find our soulmate, get married, build an empire, and start a family. He is also an entrepreneur and owns an eco-friendly athleisure clothing brand called Empire Street Style. We loved exploring new places together and found some awesome tea shops in NYC we would go for a pot of tea. We would bond over that pot of tea and talk about life and our future together.

We envisioned owning a Tea Shop one day that we could help others share this experience of bonding that tea brings. To fall in love, bond with friends, close that business deal, or take some time to self-reflect. We love the health benefits that tea offers too! In fact, I quit coffee cold and switched to just-tea and never felt better! March 2020, the COVID-19 Pandemic hit NYC hard. My hotel closed along with almost all other hotels and places of business and we were all forced to work from home and stay indoors as much as possible. Life changed for everyone. In April, Guerby moved in with me at my apartment in Queens. We had originally talked about moving to Tampa, Florida in two years, but everything had changed with the pandemic. All of a sudden, the corporate career and high-paying salary no longer held such a high priority. Health truly is wealth and deep, meaningful relationships are the key to happiness. I told Guerby I didn’t want to wait to start our tea shop. With the high anxiety, everyone was experiencing plus health concerns. People needed high-quality teas for their health and for the mental well-being. We got to work and started our business plan to launch Joseph’s Tea as an online tea shop first.

At the same time, we also decided to take a huge leap of faith and move to Florida by June 2020. I gave notice to my team at work and prepared to move to Florida without another job lined up. I did end up getting an offer and taking it while making plans to launch our business. July 2020, we Launched Joseph’s Tea as a specialty online tea shop with 20 Tea Blends in pyramid sachets and three iced teas. Now we offer over 50 specialty tea blends with a large variety of organic and all-natural loose leaf teas, teas in pyramid sachet tea bags, tea infusers, and a wonderful subscription box! We also offer virtual and in-person Tea Time Events. We host a monthly Tea Time Ritual Event on the first Thursday of the Month at 7:00 PM EST. Joseph’s Tea is a vendor at the Tampa Bay Markets and Partnered with Crunch Fitness. We are planning and looking for the perfect retail location. Exciting things are on the horizon and we are just getting started! Our goal is to help people live healthier and happier lives one cup of tea at a time!

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There are obstacles at every turn but that is what makes life so interesting! We just have to learn and adjust quickly and keep moving forward!

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Joseph’s Tea is an online specialty tea shop offering teas made with high-quality, all-natural ingredients: you can see, smell, and taste the difference! Tea has many amazing properties and helps people live their best lives. Enjoying a cup of tea affords a reason to share an experience with family and friends, engage in conversations and laughter, or read a great book. We welcome you to sample our Joseph’s Tea varieties while enjoying life, one cup of tea at a time! Currently, we offer over 50 specialty tea blends with a large variety of organic and all-natural loose leaf teas, teas in pyramid sachet tea bags, tea infusers, and a wonderful subscription box! We also offer virtual and in-person Tea Time Events. We host a monthly Tea Time Ritual Event on the first Thursday of the Month at 7:00 PM EST. Joseph’s Tea is a vendor at the Tampa Bay Markets and Partnered with Crunch Fitness. Founders Guerby and Shannon have plans to open a physical location in the future and hope you will be a part of their journey. In the meantime, we invite you to taste, share, and join the Joseph’s Tea family and culture of healthy living!

Pricing:

  • Organic Loose Leaf Teas $15 – $25
  • Tea Blends in Pyramid Sachets $14 – $20
  • Tea Infusers $5 – $7
  • Tea Time Ritual Event $15
  • Subscription Box is only $25 a month!

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