Telus Optik Local heads to Neverland Tea Salon in Kitsilano to talk with owners Renee Iaci and Terri Tatchell. They share what they’ve got brewing when it comes to brunch.
The original concept for Neverland has always been to create a space for the local community to come together for face to face celebrations, collaborations and inspirations. The celebrations and collaborations have caught on like wildfire, but the inspiration bit relies on the artist talks, open mics and guest speakers we have planned.
Literally days before we opened it was brought to our attention that these creative community events were in contravention with our liquor license that forbids entertainment which may entice audience participation. Specifically, if we have a guest speaker and anyone asks them a question, we risk having our license revoked. The solution was to apply for a “patron participation entertainment” amendment to our license. Imagine our surprise when we found out what that entailed!
The 8 x 4 foot sign is required to be posted for 30 days along with two advertisements in a local paper inviting neighbours who live within a ½ mile radius to weigh in on their thoughts about this application. So if you are in the neigbourhood and like the idea of artist talks, open mics and guests speakers please don’t hesitate to email your support! Our current liquor license is valid until midnight however we choose to close at 10pm and have no plans for changing that. We need our sleep!
The bright side is that this monstrosity of a sign will ensure that everyone will now be aware that we actually have a liquor license! So come by and join us for a tea infused cocktail, glass of wine or cold beer and we can discuss the hurdles of trying to open a business in Vancouver!
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments, name and address before December 14th if you so desire!
Just three weeks in and I’m already more proud of Neverland than anything I’ve ever been a part of. Not because of what it is, but because of what it promises. Specifically the memories it promises to create, restore and preserve. The children dressing up for their first high tea, the grandmothers reminiscing about everything from their escapades in European salons to flashbacks of their mother’s best tea cups and even the men with that glimmer in their eye when they talk about bringing that special someone back to feel the magic for themselves. You need only sit back for a moment and absorb the celebrations, discussions and stolen moments to understand what I mean. It’s as close to magic as I’ve ever seen.
From the day we conceived the idea of Neverland, it took on a spirit of its own, building and growing from the life and breath of everyone who has consistently been so energized by its essence. That sounds all wordy and grand, but it’s exactly what happened. With every idea, memory, piece of furniture and collected teacup, Neverland began accumulating life long before it opened its doors. But now that its doors are open, it’s truly out of control. The air is thick with the past, the present and oddly, the future.
So perhaps to say I’m proud is inaccurate. I am awed. There is no one person that can lay claim to what Neverland is becoming. It belongs to us all and the memories we are creating will with luck, go on for generations to come.
Ok. So I’m not the writer. That’s Terri’s department. I’m the performer, socializer and a talk on the phone or in person kinda gal. So blogging is not really my thing. But Terri says we should both have our distinct voices on our website, which is true. So, I settle in with a delicious cup of Take Me To Neverland and here I go. . . . but what to write about? Well, I talk about what I’m passionate about so I guess I write about that too.
TEA! It’s my favourite part of Neverland (well, that and the tickle trunk!) I really am very proud of the collection of teas that we have brought in. I collected samples from at least a dozen suppliers and we did cuppings of tea to determine what was the best and brought it in. Of course it’s subjective but I believe that we have the best teas in all the land. And that list will be continuously changing. Today, for instance, I received my package of Lapsang Souchong. I didn’t bring it in at first because I thought I was one of the only ones to like the taste of liquid smoke. But no, apparently there are others who enjoy it too. And a few days ago, a young woman, originally from Taiwan, dropped off some of the best oolongs I have ever tasted. Her family comes from a long line of tea farmers from the mountainous regions of Taiwan and she gets some of her teas directly from her uncle. I love that and I love her teas and will definitely be looking to bring some in.
So yes, I love the taste of tea but I also love the stories that go with it. And the ritual. Tea can stop time. Like Neverland. My mother always had a cup of tea ready for me after school and we would sit and talk about the day. I want that to continue with my daughter who may only be 5 but has already been drinking tea for 3 years. Let us make you a cup of tea after work and let’s talk!