Of the things an entrepreneur can do to make a tea restaurant more amiable to the clientele, one of the most provocative is to add art.
A solitary person with a laptop or a book might expect to sit silent in a crowd but when two people sit together, silence is not good.
Spark up the conversations with art. Not only will the patrons go home feeling like they had a good beverage but they also will feel like they had a beneficial conversation. Not to mention the fact that the experiences at the tea shop will be mentioned favorably with other friends over the course of the next few days. Give those who hear about your shop a reason to want to swing by.
One of the more interesting artforms being talked about is the fiber art of Ed Bing Lee. The 76-year-old artist works is a ‘knotter.’ He uses thousands of knots “to make two-dimensional picturelike fiber art and three-dimensional objects or landscapes … inspired by chawan, the tea bowl used to mix matcha – powdered green tea – in Japanese tea ceremonies.” According to Jeff Davidson of Philly Inquirer, the art of Ed Bing Lee was recently featured at the Philadelphia Museum of Art show. Art creates conversations.
Another recent piece of conversation is how the story of Los Angeles is being talked about through its food. Wouldn’t that be a sweet note of success if your restaurant were part of a tour destination!
Jessica Gelt, in the L.A. Times, reports that there is “a new food tasting and walking tour company called Melting Pot Food Tours (not to be confused with the chain of fondue restaurants called the Melting Pot).” She also notes Six Taste, and the original Farmers Market among various other walking food tours.
Imagine this: “At Mignon Chocolate Boutique in Old Pasadena, third-generation owner Anoush Terpoghossian handed out saffron marzipan and pomegranate dark chocolate ganache, as well as deliciously bitter green tea truffles hand-rolled in matcha powder” to a group of Canadian tourists! They come from Canada to visit his shop in Pasadena!