Black-owned LGBTQ+ tea business to set up shop in Germantown

After three years of online success, international recognition and many sleepless nights, Ariel Clark is standing in the fruits of her labor at 976 Barrett Avenue. This will be the first store for her business, Sis Got Tea, which is Black and LGBTQ+ owned. “The reason we were able to get this space was because of the community, because of the people,” Clark said. Clark previously shared with WLKY his struggles securing loans and accessing capital as a minority business owner. But the community believed in her vision for a safe, inclusive space and raised $10,000 of her $30,000 goal to make it happen. health, sobriety and how it can affect your daily life,” she said. Although empty at the moment, Clark’s vision is a place where good vibes and tea will be brewed all day long. There will be indoor and outdoor seating for guests, weekly events, and a wellness area for employees. Also, to be accessible, there is a pay-as-you-go option for visitors to purchase products. “A lot of us are lower on the socioeconomic scale, so how can I say I’m going to serve marginalized people when I’m not serving the whole marginalized person, including financially,” she said. Clark says she believes her business has gotten this far because she’s not focused on making a profit, but simply wants to serve her community. When he looks back on his journey, staying true to himself and this mission is what he is most proud of. “My biggest lesson was to stay true and authentic,” she said. “How can I serve the communities I want to serve if I’m not authentic to myself?” The brick and mortar recently underwent an inspection and is now undergoing renovations and renovations. Clark has a target opening date of January 2023. A GoFundMe has been set up to help open Sis Got Tea Café.

After three years of online success, international recognition and many sleepless nights, Ariel Clark is standing in the fruits of her labor at 976 Barrett Avenue.

This will be the first store for her business, Sis Got Tea, which is black and LGBTQ+ owned.

“The reason we were able to get this space was because of the community, because of the people,” Clark said.

Clark previously shared with WLKY his struggles securing loans and accessing capital as a minority business owner. But the community believed in her vision for a safe, inclusive space and raised $10,000 of her $30,000 goal to make it happen.

“There’s a really big push to have these sober spaces because there’s a lot more attention and light being put on mental health, sobriety and how that can affect your daily life,” she said.

Although empty at the moment, Clark’s vision is a place where good vibes and tea will be brewed all day long.

There will be indoor and outdoor seating for guests, weekly events and a wellness area for employees.

Also, to make it accessible, there is a pay-as-you-go option for visitors to purchase products.

“A lot of us are lower on the socioeconomic scale, so how can I say I’m going to serve marginalized people when I’m not serving the whole marginalized person, including financially,” she said.

Clark says she believes her business has gotten this far because she’s not focused on making a profit, but simply wants to serve her community. When she looks back on her journey, she stays true to herself and this mission is what she is most proud of.

“My biggest lesson was to stay true and authentic,” she said. “How can I serve the communities I want to serve if I’m not authentic to myself?”

The brick and mortar has recently been inspected and is now in the process of being repaired and refurbished.

Clark has a target opening date of January 2023.

A GoFundMe was created to help open Sis Got Tea Café.

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