As many of you know, about a year ago we decided to close our shop in the New Egypt Flea Market Village, as we wanted to focus on finding something a little closer to home, and somewhere that we could do some of our own small events. Well, we weren't making all of that up...we promise! Believe us when we say that it's taken this whole time to figure it all out. Without getting into the full story, we'll just say we had to overcome some unexpected hurdles along the way. While the end result is not exactly what we originally had planned when we started, we are just thankful that we were able to come up with something after all of the time and effort we've put in since last year.
Having said all of that, we're excited to announce that our full line of teas will now be available for purchase inside of Sweet Music Academy's Performing Arts Center in Howell, NJ. I (Courtney) have worked at Sweet Music Academy for nearly 10 years. As a supporter of our business, Sweet Music has been so kind as to allow a designated area within their location to sell our teas.
We will only be doing what we like to call "pop-up hours" each month for customers to stop by and shop. What this means, is that each month we will set up a calendar that lists all of the dates/times in which BrutaliTeas (Adam & myself) will be there to assist customers who wish to purchase teas at this location. We ask that you only come to purchase teas at the designated times given each month. During our pop-up hours we may also host movie nights, fundraising events, or invite some other local area vendors to join us! We'll keep you posted about any special events/vendors during our pop-up hours on our Facebook page.
Our first pop-up date will be
Saturday - July 6th from 3 pm - 8 pm.
We will also have pop-hours on the
following dates in July:
Sunday - July 7th from 2 pm - 7 pm
Saturday - July 13th 3 pm - 8 pm
Saturday - July 20th 3 pm - 7 pm
We will list all of these dates and future dates as events on our Facebook page, so feel free to head over and check off if you're interested in stopping by. Hope to see you soon!
4038 Route 9 South in Howell, NJ
(You may also use 4042 Route 9 South in Howell, NJ for directions)
Sweet Music Academy is located in the Howell Shopping Plaza, which is conveniently located near the exit ramps for 195.
So, there's always that fear in the back of our minds (or at least in my anxiety ridden mind) that there's going to be some band out there that totally hates us parodying them with our tea...but so far any band that's found us or a tea parodying them has been so insanely awesome and even flattered by it!
We recently vended at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market, and one of our customers informed us they wanted to buy some Between the Blueburied and Me for their cousin... who just happened to be in the band. We offered to gift it to them since it was going to a member of the band, but they were so awesome that they insisted on purchasing it.
Fast forward a couple of months, and we got surprised with this amazing little post on Instagram from Between the Buried and Me's very own drummer, Blake Richardson! We totally love it!
Hands down the BEST part about doing all of this are the reactions that we get from all of you when you see and try our teas...which is all smiles and laughs! It makes our hearts even happier to see when a band totally digs it, too! Thanks so much for the support Blake. Keep doing what your'e doing and being an inspiration to others! <3
It's been some time since we've updated you on all of the awesome people we've been sharing our tea with! Check it out!
We were also able to make small donations to the following local area rescues to contribute towards urgent medical care needed for animals in shelters that were time-stamped for euthanasia unless pulled by a rescue.
Non Lethal Options for Animals Inc- $20
NJ Aid for Animals - $10
PURR-Philadelphia Urgent Rescue & Relief - $20
Thanks to your support of our advent calendars and donations at recent events, we were able to drop off supplies to the Volunteer Auxiliary for Animal Shelters Inc. that are always in need; Including dry and wet foods, litter, kitten formula, blankets, and treats & toys for pups and kitties! If you’re local and looking to adopt, or if you are looking for a great rescue to donate to...please give them a follow! Such a great organization that we are happy to volunteer our time with! 💕🐶🐱💕
Hello again everyone! We're happy to say we were recently able to make some donations, thanks to your generosity and support! We were able to make a donation on Paws 4 a Cure, a donation to the Volunteer Auxiliary for Animal Shelters, and a small donation to the National Canine Cancer Foundation! The donations made to Paws 4 a Cure and the Volunteer Auxiliary will help furry friends with medical treatments they are in need of, and we of course, love to contribute to the Canine Cancer Foundation in hopes that one day a cure can be found to stop this ugly disease. Again, we can't thank you enough for taking a little time out of your day at the events we attend, to chat with us, tell us your stories, and for your contributions. This something that means a lot to us, and we hope to continue to help as much as we can in the years to come. Thank you again everyone!
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Friday the 13th an unlucky day?! No way! We're breaking the Friday the 13th stigma today. We made THREE Tea for a Cause donations today! We made donations to two families on Paws 4 A Cure, and a donation to the Volunteer Auxiliary for Animal Shelters Inc. (which we also volunteer for)! Since we started our Tea for a Cause last year, your support of our Detoxic Avenger blend and your kind donations at events have helped us raise a total of $525 so far. While it may not seem like a lot, it means more than you know to those that receive the help. Every little bit helps and means the world to someone whose pet has fallen ill. We hope to raise even more over the next year! Thanks for your kindness everyone :) PS - The next time you see us at an event, feel free to take a look at our binder of all those we've contributed to! 🐕❤️🐈
Click here to read more about Tootsie and her humans, and Bill and his humans, the two families we donated to on Paws 4 A Cure.
We're excited to announce that our very own Bohemian Raspberry blend is now being used exclusively by Broken Goblet Brewing in their 2018 version of Bubba's Tea Bag ale! This ale is infused with green tea, raspberries, apples, hibiscus and rose petals. It's pretty fantastic, if we may say so ourselves. The guys over at Broken Goblet Brewing have mastered the art of making some great brews. They're planning to open an even bigger and more rockin' facility this month. Be sure to check them out at http://www.brokengoblet.com
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