December has always been a good month for us. In December of 2010 our tea was chosen as one of Oprah’s Favorite Things. December 2011, although not quite as exciting as being featured on Oprah, has been pretty great as well.
On December 1st, We were honored that our Chocolate Almond Allure tea won 2 awards, the Loco Cocoa award and the Judges Award at the 2011 World of Chocolate Event hosted by the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
In early December we designed 3 special gift sets for the holiday season featuring our Steamy Cinnamon Rose, tea. The gift sets were a big hit and many people ordered them and sent them out to loved ones with holiday greetings.
December also brought us many new customers. Through our partnerships with One Kings Lane and the Gilt Groupe people had the chance to discover and purchase our tea gift sets through special limited time sales. We have noticed that some of the people who purchased from these sales, have come back to us purchase additional products directly.
December 7th and December 9th, our teas were featured items on the Gourmet Holiday shows on QVC. It was a great experience, and not only have we received positive feedback about our appearance the product reviews have been fantastic.
Throughout the month of December we have been doing product samplings at Bloomingdale’s and Whole Foods Stores in Chicago. It’s been fun to watch people taste our teas for the first time, and decide to purchase it on the spot.
In Mid December we got the official word that Shark Tank Season 3 is coming back on air January 20th and that the episode we appear on will air in February. Stay tuned for details.
Towards the end of the month, our Grand Gift Set was chosen to be featured on Perez Hilton’s website in a special video about “Last Minute” Gift suggestions.
As December 2011 comes to a close, we are thankful for the many good things we experienced this month, and are looking ahead to a very exciting New Year.