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July 2015 Team Highlight

July 15


Erin Santella, AKA Erin Sangaria and “Mom Pants”

Erin grew up in LANK-iss-tər, PA but after spending two short weeks here on the west coast of Florida visiting friends 20 years ago, the sunshine and fun lured her here to stay. Read the rest of this entry »

July 2015 Franchisee Highlight

July 15


Corey and Veronica Dearing opened their Branson, MO store on May 29, 2015. It was their love of food and a quest for a better quality of life that brought them to franchising and The Spice & Tea Exchange® family. Read the rest of this entry »

July 2015 Calendar of Events

July 1

Find out what is going on in your area!


Bentonville, AR

Saturdays through October – Farmer’s Market Samplings
Chef Shane Curley of Tusk and Trotter American Brasserie will be grilling up some great samplings in front of the store during Farmer’s Market (around 9:30 a.m. to Noon, weather permitting). Stop by and taste some of Shane’s creative inventions using our blends, salts, sugars and teas.

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Cincinnati, OH


First At Bat – FREE sample of one of our “REDS” Teas (Rooibos Teas) with $30 purchase

Home Run – FREE Olive Oil blend with purchase of our “REDS” drop olive oil decanter

Hometown Favorites – 10% OFF two home run grinder bottles: • Pirate’s Bite made with spicy “REDS” peppers • Kahuna Garlic Salt made with our “REDS” Hawaiian Sea Salt

Gotta LOVE our Cincinnati REDS – FREE Sample top row sugars with purchase of our “REDS” heart shaped jar 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. FREE Tea Bar…SAMPLE, SIP & SHARE!

All Star Summer Sippin’ Line-Up
July 5 – Fruit Infused Iced Teas
July 11 & 12 – All Star Weekend – Reds Berry Bonanza
July 18 & 19 – Perfect Party Tea Punches
July 25 & 26 – Southern Style Iced Teas

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Guilford, CT

**The Spice & Tea Exchange of Guilford will be closed on the 4th of July.**

The Guilford Art Center “Craft Expo 15″ will be held on Friday, July 17th from 12:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, July 18th from 10:00am – 7:00pm; and Sunday, July 19th from 12:00pm – 5:00pm on the Historical Guilford Green.

The Shoreline Chamber of Commerce “Sidewalk Sale Days” in Guilford will be held Thursday, July 23rd – Saturday, July 25th 8 to 5:30.

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Mequon, WI

2nd Anniversary Celebration – July 6 – July 12
Join us while we celebrate our 2nd anniversary with daily in-store specials.

Weekly Farmer’s Market in Cedarburg – Fridays, June 12 – Oct 30 from 9am to 2pm
NEW LOCATION – Cedarburg Cultural Center parking lot on Mill Street, with the season’s finest farm produce, bakery, herbal products, flowers, perennials, honey, fish, kettlekorn, jewelry, garden decor and local musicians to entertain.

Weekly Farmer’s Market in West Bend – Saturday’s, May 23 – Oct 31 from 7:30am to 11am
Located in the heart of Downtown West Bend with 70 vendors it was voted 1 of the top 10 in the world by Vogue magazine in 2014! Featuring produce, fruits, meats, eggs, maple syrup, bakery items, spices, soaps, herbal products, prepared foods, live music and more

Festa Italiana – July 17-19 11:30am – midnight
Visit us in the marketplace at the largest Italian event of its kind in America today! Festa builds on rich traditions as it celebrates the past, present and future of the Italian community in Milwaukee. Festa carries on time-honored traditions including the celebration of Sunday Mass and Procession, cultural exhibits, bocce, gondolas, photos of the old Third Ward and Italians in Milwaukee, as well as delicious food and entertainment true to the Italian culture including opera, dance, song and fireworks! Italian-style Bartolotta fireworks will go off each night of Festa at approximately 10:00-10:15 p.m. You don’t want to miss the loudest fireworks this summer!


Mount Dora, FL

July 3rd  – 5pm – Independence Day Fireworks Celebration
Price: FREE
Location: Elizabeth Evans Park
Description: Join us in Elizabeth Evans Park at 5pm for an old fashioned celebration of our Independence Day with live music and fireworks at dusk. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Lake County & City of Mount Dora.

July 3rd – MUSIC IN SUNSET PARK Presented by The City of Mount Dora in partnership with the Mount Dora Art Stroll
Time: 4-6pm
Price: FREE music, food & drink
Location: Sunset Park – Corner of 4th Avenue & Alexander Street
Description: Come enjoy the music of Nightly Blues Band then stroll on over to the waterfront at Evans Park for our Freedom Celebration & Fireworks 6-9pm.

July 3rd – 2015 Mount Dora HAS TALENT! FINALS!
Location: Event will take place during Freedom on the Waterfront
Description: The contest is open to Mount Dora residents. There will be two age divisions: junior, ages 8 to 17 and adult, 18 and older. Contestants may perform music, dance or any types of a performing art. Three finalists will be chosen from each division. The finals will be held at 6 p.m. July 3 at the Freedom on the Waterfront event in Elizabeth Evans Park. To request a registration form, call the Parks and Recreation office at 352-735-7183 or email

July 4 – Independence Day Parade
Time: 10am
Location: Downtown Mount Dora
Description: The parade will begin at 10:00 AM. For more information, call the Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle at (352) 385-1418 or email

July 4 – Maggie’s Attic Wine Walk
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Downtown Mount Dora
Price: $13 per person or with membership
Description: Join us for one of Maggie’s Attics legendary wine tastings! Occurring on the first and third Saturday of each month, you’ll get to taste more than 20 wines and light appetizers. Then, enjoy a discount on bottles to take home.

July 10 – Mount Dora Art Stroll
Time: 6-8pm
Location: Downtown Mount Dora
Description: This exceptional free event meanders through downtown Mount Dora offering a festive evening of art, music and hors d oeuvres designed to showcase regional art at several walkable venues throughout downtown Mount Dora.The event runs from 6pm to 8pm. Maps can be picked up at any location along the stroll. The main locations feature art from independent artists and their guest artists.

July 18 – Maggie’s Attic Wine Walk
Time: 7pm-9pm
Location: Downtown Mount Dora
Price: $13 per person or with membership
Description: Join us for one of Maggie’s Attics legendary wine tastings! Occurring on the first and third Saturday of each month, you’ll get to taste more than 20 wines and light appetizers. Then, enjoy a discount on bottles to take home.

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Red Bank, NJ

July 4: Open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 19th: Food & Wine Walk from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 21st: Dog Night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Red Bank 61st Annual Sidewalk Sale: Friday July 24 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday July 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday July 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 2015 Franchisee Highlight

June 16


You may have been introduced to Greg and Lisa Straub at the 2013 Franchise Conference. At that time, they were brand new to the team having just opened their Mequon, WI location in June 2013. Today, Greg and Lisa are seasoned veterans with two years of memorable experiences to share!
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June 2015 Team Highlight

June 16


Jesse Hanson found his way to The Spice & Tea Exchange® in October 2011 during the “grassroots era,” as he calls it. However, his relationship with The Spice & Tea Exchange® predates his employment… Read the rest of this entry »

June 2015 Calendar of Events

June 1

Find out what is happening in your area!


Alexandria, VA

June 10-12 – Tour French Tall Ship Hermione
If you plan to experience the tall ship tours this week, stop by the store to experience our world spices such as: Quatre es Spices, Beau Monde and Herb de Provence blends.

June 13 – Arts & Craft festival @ Market Square
Join us for tea samples outside our store Saturday, June 13 at the Arts & Craft Festival!

June 21- Free Father’s day tours @ Apothocary and Gatsby’s tavern
Stop into our store for a specialty Father’s Day Gift!

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Annapolis, MD

Father’s Day is just around the corner!
Stop in to pick up one of our delicious Griller’s Samplers or create your own custom gift for Dad.

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Saturday, June 6 – Bentonville Stroll Historic Home Tour & Farmer’s Market- 9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m.
The Spice & Tea Exchange is a sponsor of the Bentonville Stroll Historic Home Tour and invite you to stop by the Farmer’s Market on the Square from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00p.m. Chef Sheila Reese from Born2Cook Inspired will be grilling and sampling using The Spice & Tea Exchange seasonings. Then, stroll down to The Spice & Tea Exchange for even more sampling inside the store!

Saturdays, June 13, 20 and 27 – Farmer’s Market Samplings
Chef Shane Curley of Tusk and Trotter American Brasserie will be grilling up some great samplings in front of the store during Farmer’s Market (around 9:30 a.m. to Noon, weather permitting). Stop by and taste some of Shane’s creative inventions using our blends, salts, sugars and teas.

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Build a basket of teas or grilling blends and make a unique gift for Dad

Raffle begins June 1st .WINNER announced June 20th. WIN a portable grill, delectable rubs/blends for your grilling pleasure, gift card from Whole Foods and a grilling book. Gift valued at $100.00. Every $25.00 you spend you get a chance to WIN!

Thursday, June 25th 6:00- 8:30 pm – THIRD IN A SERIES – SUPPER CLUB. BBQ & Grilling
The Spices & Wines That Make it Shine!
Location: The Art of Entertaining, 2019 Madison Road in O’Bryonville 45208.
4 courses: $35/pp without wine,$50/pp with wine. RSVP 513-871-5170

June SAMPLE, SIP & SHARE TEA BAR. – THINK OUTSIDE THE TEA CUP – tea infused summertime drinks.
Join us at our FAMOUS FREE Tea Bar, EVERY Sunday from 1-4pm as we talk and taste TEA!
June 7th – Introducing our Summer Sippin Teas: Peach on the Beach and Berry Sangria
June 14th –Teas for Summertime Cocktails
June 21st – Iced & Fruity, Teas for “teapops”
June 28th – Summer Florals

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Key West, FL

June 10 – 14: Key West Pride
June 18 – 21: Key West Africana Fest
July 3 – 5: Key Lime Festival
July 9 – 12: Mel Fisher Days
July 21 – 26: Hemingway Days
August 6 – 9 : Key West Lobster Fest
August 14 – 16: Mystery Writers Key West Fest

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 Mount Dora, FL

Saturday June 6th and 20th – Maggie’s Attic Wine Walk!
Join us for the Maggie’s Attic Wine Walk- a fun way to meet people around town! Stop by our store for samplings all evening long!

Saturday June 6th – 10th- 12-5pm- Annual Mount Dora Wedding Expo
Stop by our booth to view some of our gourmet party favors and discuss your BIG EVENT! Entry is free.

June 6-7 – Mount Dora Paddle Fest

Friday June 12th – Sunset, Sip n’ Stroll- 6-8pm
Join us for music in sunset park, presented by the city of Mount Dora in partnership with Mount Dora Art Stroll. Free musi by the Roy Baker Band, food, and drink.

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Red Bank, NJ

June 10 – 11:30a.m. – Long Branch Senior Center- Spice & Tea 101
Co-owner Lisa Prepon is visiting the Long Branch Senior Center to talk about our store and what we offer, 11:30 a.m.

Red Bank Dog Days
June 16, July 21 and August 18- 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Monmouth Street (between Broad Street and Drummond Place) will be closed to cars so dogs and dog lovers can shop, dine and socialize with other pet owners. Stop in to grab one of our Doggie Delicacy Samplers!

Weekly Farmer’s Market @ the Galleria
Sundays, May 17 to November 22- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Farmer’s Market at The Galleria will offer fresh fruits, veggies, baked goods, plants and craft items.

Red Bank Street Life- Saturdays, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Every Saturday night in June, July and August, the sidewalks of Red Bank will be alive with music and entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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Rehoboth Beach, DE

Restaurant Week in Downtown Rehoboth -Sunday, June 7th through June 12th.
For six days, enjoy delicious 3-course prix-fixe meals ($25, $35, $45) at participating restaurant in downtown Rehoboth Beach, the culinary destination of Delaware. This is the perfect time to expand your palate and try innovative foods at reduced prices.Visit our store for some tasty summer cocktail recipes and show us your recipe from participating restaurants for Restaurant Week and receive Free Gift with your purchase.

Top Chef of the Culinary Coast – Saturday June 11 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. @ Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.
Vote for your favorite Chef! Ticket price of $45 includes delicious sampling of foods prepared by local chefs and 2 free drink tickets. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Lewes & Rehoboth, Inc. While in town shop The Spice & Tea Exchange of Rehoboth – we will be donating a percent of sales to event sponsor Meals on Wheels of Lewes & Rehoboth, Inc. to coincide with Restaurant Week & the Top Chef of the Culinary Coast event.

Rehoboth Beach Veg Fest: June 13 11:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Rehoboth VegFest is a FREE festival celebrating healthy, sustainable and compassionate living! Dozens of local exhibitors, veg food, cooking demos, dynamic speakers, kid’s activities, music, & more! For more information search

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Sarasota, FL

Saturday, June 13th & Sunday, June 14th – St. Armands Circle Craft Festival & Summer Sidewalk Sale
10:00am – 5:00pm walk on by! We’ll be participating in the St. Armand’s Circle sidewalk sale.


May 2015 Franchisee Highlight

May 18

Meet Joy Quinn

Owner, The Spice & Tea Exchange of Alexandria, Annapolis, Rehoboth, and NOW Ocean City!


In the summer of 2009, Joy stumbled upon The Spice & Tea Exchange® of St. John’s Pass while waiting for a business colleague who was running late for dinner. While she had no intention of actually buying anything (ha!), she was quickly seduced by the sights, smells and persuasions of the owner, Lisa Coleman. Read the rest of this entry »

May 2014 Team Highlight

May 18

Meet Kelly Mayhew

Franchise Field Consultant and Tea Guru


Kelly Mayhew has been with The Spice & Tea Exchange® since April of 2013 as a Franchise Field Consultant. Many of you are familiar with Kelly and have had the pleasure of spending an exorbitant amount of time with him during new store build-outs. However, you may not know about his adventurous past prior to The Spice & Tea Exchange… Read the rest of this entry »

2015 May Calendar of Events

April 30

Learn more about what is going on in your area!


Cincinnati, OH

ENTER TO WIN A TEA PARTY – April 24th – May 10th
What a wonderful treat for Mother’s Day, with $25.00 purchase your name is entered to WIN! You choose the tea/location/date & time, invite friends/family and we deliver a Tea Party!

Lunch and lecture with samples from our Tea Bar. Presentation: The history of “the afternoon tea”. For more information:

May 11th 2:30-3:30pm– AFTERNOON TEA
For the tenants at The Barrington of Oakley. Tea bar theme: the mystery of Matcha and cooking with tea theme.

Located at 2000 Joseph Sanker Blvd. Stop by our booth for some tasty treats. For more information:

May 20th 6:00 – THIRD IN A SERIES – SUPPER CLUB at DAVEEDS in Mt Adam’s.
Join US and Chef David Cook for this fun/educational cooking class. Cost $35.00 per person, with wine pairing $50.00pp. Reservation and $25.00 deposit required, call 513.683.2665

May 29th 11-3pm SPRING FLING at Kenwood Country Club
Unique gifts from local vendors. Stop by our booth for a special gift.

Join us at our FAMOUS FREE Tea Bar, every Sunday from 1-4pm as we talk and taste TEA!
May 3 and 10 – Tea Infused Lemonade – Celebrate Mother’s Day
May 17 – White Teas
May 24 – The Mystery of Matcha
May 31 - Hibiscus Flower Teas

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Guilford, CT

May 15th- June 14th – Art Exhibition: “Teapots, Vessels, Flagons & Flasks”
Held at The Guilford Art Center, this juried exhibition will be sponsored by The Spice & Tea Exchange®. Don’t miss it!

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Red Bank, NJ

May 5 – 6:30 PM – Cinco de Mayo Celebration – Just Restaurant, Old Bridge. NJ.
Chef demonstration includes appetizer, entree, recipes using our spices. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner 7:30 p.m.

May 7- 6:30 PM – Chef Demonstration with Mimi Chang!
The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Red Bank is hosting Mimi Chang for a cooking demo and discussion of her experiences as a contestant on Food Network’s All-Star Academy. This event is sold out but be on the lookout for an announcement about a second appearance!

May 7- Until 9:00 PM – Red Bank is hosting Girls’ Night Out!
The Spice & Tea Exchange® will extend shopping hours until 9:00 p.m.

May 17 – Farmer’s Market reopens for the season on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 25- Memorial Day
The Spice & Tea Exchange® will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for your barbecue needs!

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Sarasota, FL

May 19 – 6:00 PM – Amore by Andrea
Join us for 3 tasting courses, plus a wine tasting! $32.95/person, plus tax and tip. Please RSVP by May 14th to 941-388-1411 or stop by the store!

May 24 – 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM – “A Tribute to Heroes” Memorial Day Parade at Lakewood Ranch
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May 25 – 10:00 AM– Annual Sarasota Memorial Day Parade
The Memorial Day Parade starts at Main Street and Osprey Avenue
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May 25 – St. Armands Circle Military Appreciation Day
Join over 50 Circle businesses in honoring all the men and women who have served or are serving our country in the armed forces! 20% off for Veterans all weekend!

April 2015 Franchisee Highlight

April 13

Meet Andy & Gayle Barth!


The Spice & Tea Exchange® of Blowing Rock owners Andy and Gayle Barth recently celebrated their one-year anniversary on February 6, 2015! Read the rest of this entry »

April 2015 Team Member Highlight

April 13


Meet Dru Baumer!


Dru was the very first The Spice & Tea Exchange® (TSTE®) Team Member in St. Augustine, FL. She began working with The Spice & Tea Exchange® on a “We hope we can get you 20 hours this week,” basis, and her position quickly grew from there! Read the rest of this entry »

April 2015 Calendar of Events

March 30

Get involved! Learn more about what is happening at your local store…

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March 2015 Franchisee Highlight

March 13

Meet Glenn & Kim Gordon!

Glenn and Kim are The Spice & Tea Exchange®’s newest multi-unit owners and are celebrating the opening of their new store in Mount Dora, FL.

After spending the last 20+ years in sales, customer service, and management, Glenn and Kim opened their first The Spice & Tea Exchange® store in Tarpon Springs, FL in 2013. For the Gordons, this was an opportunity to work together as a family.

“For me, it provided the opportunity to leave my corporate job and become a full time business owner in which I desired to be for a long time,” Glenn commented. Kim, who served in ministry and homeschooled their children, jumped right into the role of Spice Master and several of the Gordon children followed to participate in the new family business!

What inspired you to open another store?
We realized after only 6 months in our first store that we had found not only a great business model we loved but it was something that we knew could be duplicated in other locations.

What are you most excited about with the new Mount Dora location?
We really love the Mount Dora, FL area. The whole process from finding the town and store location to now has been truly a great experience for us. The overwhelming support we’ve had to get the store open in less than a month, From The Spice & Tea Exchange® Corporate (Clay, Amy and everyone else), Vince and Jason getting the build out done in 2 weeks (by the way, they did an amazing job) and Steve & Penny and the awesome crew at the warehouse. On top of all of that, the people and other store owners in Mount Dora have been amazing as well.

What is your favorite TSTE® product?
Glenn- Backwoods on different meats for my smoker.
Kim- Florida Sunshine!

March 2015 TSTE® Team Highlight

March 13

Meet Jennifer Nicholson!


Jenni started at The Spice & Tea Exchange® in May 2013. As the Product Information Specialist, Jenni oversees the release of new products to the franchise system. She also tests and photographs our bi-monthly recipes, maintains and updates the nutrition database, adds/removes/maintains new products on our website, and helps with maintaining product information, labeling, photography, STIR postings and descriptive copywriting.

What do you like most about your job?
Not only do I enjoy what I’m doing, but I feel like my job makes a difference. My own food allergies may have felt like a hindrance to me elsewhere but they are actually a strength in my position because they help me properly and accurately label allergens as well as help me explain to guests how our products are processed and what they can safely consume with allergies. I am an advocate of natural health (Paleo, gluten-free, clean eating, etc.) in my personal life, so I feel like this also helps me understand and be able to explain some of our guest’s questions and concerns as they relate to our products.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
In my free time I enjoy cooking, studying nutrition, photography, tennis, crafts, and the beach.

What’s your favorite TSTE® product?
My favorite is our Himalayan Fine Mineral Salt (although it was a close call with Cinnamon Plum Tea)!

Jenni came to The Spice & Tea Exchange® with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in Food Systems and Technology with a concentration in Food Communications and a minor in Journalism. In the last five years, she has worked two internships: one for the Taste of Home (Reader’s Digest) test kitchen and another for a small firm called Foodlaunch (leading into a PR position). She also worked at both Sanwa Farmer’s Market in marketing, PR, and social media and did freelance marketing work for an organic gardening product, BugVibes™.

March 2015 Calendar of Events

March 2

What is happening in your area? Check out our store events below to find out! Read the rest of this entry »