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Sharon

Taking Tea InStyle LLC

Princeton, NJ

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Personal Story

My name is Sharon Levy aka (the Tea Lady). I am the Founder of Taking Tea InStyle LLC, an entertainment tea boutique that specializes in Tea Parties for adults and children, Social Etiquette and Dining Skills Workshop, and we sell gourmet whole leaf teas.

I was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and had the British influence growing up as a child. We moved to the States when I was very young, but tea was very much a part of my daily life. I remember playing tea with my younger sister and our dolls.

I love to entertain and enjoy seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they are enjoying good food, good company and a good time.

My dream is to be have a gourmet tea bar where we can pamper our clients with the ULTIMATE TEA EXPERIENCE.

Business Description

Taking Tea InStyle's goal is to bring families and friends together, to celebrate special moments while enjoying The Ultimate Tea Experience.

Taking Tea InStyle was created because of my love for tea and entertaining. I was inspired by the rich history and elegance of those that were privy to indulge in drinking tea. I saw the need to bring this exquisite experience into the lives of others to uplift their spirits and sooth their soul.

My name is Sharon Levy aka (the Tea Lady). I am the Founder of Taking Tea InStyle LLC, an entertainment tea boutique that specializes in Tea Parties for adults and children, Social Etiquette and Dining Skills Workshop, and we sell gourmet whole leaf teas that are customized into unbleached tea bags that are healthier for you.

We offer Tea Talks, Tea Tastings and Tea Blending Workshops so clients can learn about the health benefits of drinking tea, how to brew the perfect cup and to enjoy their tea experience.

OUR MISSION IS TO BRING CIVILITY, SOCIAL & DINING SKILLS BACK INTO SOCIETY.

The growth of my business has been stunted because I don't have the necessary funds to pay for a team to assist me in growing my business. When I receive the funds, I can immediately hire one part-time sale/marketing administrative assistant to help me with acquiring more contracts and assisting with the day to day operations. This will free up time for me to attend more networking events and meet with prospective clients.

By having funds to hiring staff I can grow my business to the next level as well as boost the economy.

I LOVE WHAT I DO and ENJOY ENHANCING THE LIVES OF OTHERS while educating and offering them the highest quality, white glove tea services.

We have worked with various organizations e.g.
Anchor House
Arts Council of Princeton
Corner House
Delta Sorority
Jack & Jill
Girl Scouts
Harriett Cole
Isles Youthbuild
Kaity Rodriquez - Ms. New Jersey 2009
Mercer County Community College
Planned Parenthood
YMCA

What is the purpose of this loan?

The growth of my business has been stunted because I don't have the necessary funds to pay for a team to assist me in growing my business.

When I receive the funds, I can immediately hire one part-time sale/marketing adminstrative assistant for approximately 15-20 hours per week to assist me in acquiring more contracts and helping with the day to day operations. The help of an assistant will free up more time for me to network and meet with more prospective clients.

With an additional person on board, some of the stress will be relieved and therefore I can be more productive.

The economy will be boosted by providing jobs to people currently unemployed.
The cost of hiring a person is:
I would pay approx. $10 per hour (20 hrs) $200 weekly x 6months($4,800).

or $12 per hour (15 hrs) weekly($180) x 6 months($4,320). Funds will also be used to pay for travel costs and event fees for networking.

Sharon's loan is endorsed by Jalima & Associates. The information below explains why her trustee thinks Sharon is a great candidate for a Kiva Zip loan.
How long have you known this person?

1 year - 3 years

Tell us about your relationship with this borrower.

I was her instructor at Rutgers University EPI Program. Currently, we are colleagues as Board Members of the Rutgers University EPI Alumni Association.

Tell us about this borrower's personality and character, and why you are endorsing him or her for a Kiva Zip loan.

I have seen first hand how passionate Sharon is about her company, Taking Tea in Style, and how committed she is with providing to her customers best products and instruction on how to drink best teas and infusions from all over the world as well as pairing accompaniments.

Tell us about this borrower's business, and why you believe a Kiva Zip loan will contribute to his or her success.

The luxe entertainment tea boutique, namely Taking Tea InStyle, was founded in 2005 by Sharon Levy. After spending many years in corporate America, where she held various management positions, Ms. Levy turned her attention to her true passion: her love for tea and entertaining; hence the creation of “The Ultimate Tea Experience.”

It is Ms. Levy's attention to detail and flair for design that leaves her guests enchanted and wanting more. From the moment you invite Taking Tea InStyle into your space, you are assured of receiving the best experience possible. A serene atmosphere is set with fine china, exotic flowers, delicate pastries and tea sandwiches. Ms. Levy prides herself in providing a “white glove” service on a level found at only the most exclusive venues.

Ms. Levy is in needed of Marketing dollars to promote her retail and wholesale operations. I believe that a loan form Kiva will assist Sharon in getting her name and brand better known.

Her business is so relevant at these times of fast paced societal needs and her passion and desire to provide an amazing experience to all tea and infusion lovers is very appealing to us.

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PAYING BACK

A loan of $5,000 helps me to hire a part-time sales/marketing administrative assistant to help me to acquire more contracts and market my company, thereby increasing sales.

Disbursed Jan 31, 2014
Repayment Term:
24 monthly payments
Grace Period:
N/A
Listed:
Dec 19, 2013
Disbursed:
Jan 31, 2014
Paying Back:
Feb 1, 2014

About Taking Tea InStyle LLC

Industry:
Entertainment
Years in Operation:
3 years - 5 years
Website:
takingteainstyle.com
Follow:
Facebook Twitter Yelp Linkedin Etsy
Badges:
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What are Borrower Badges?

Borrower Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward borrowers’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

This loan is endorsed by

Trustee Type:
CFO, Bookkeeping, Strategic Planning and PEO Services
Location:
Phillipsburg, NJ
Badges:
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On Zip Since:
Apr 26, 2013
(12 months)
Loans Endorsed:
3
Total Value:
$15,000
Fundraising/Raised:
0
Paying on Time:
3
Paying Back Late:
0
Repaid in Full:
0
Defaulted:
0
Repayment Rate:
100%
Why are you endorsing Sharon?

I have seen first hand how passionate Sharon is about her company, Taking Tea in Style, and how committed she is with providing to her customers best products and instruction on how to drink best teas and infusions from all over the world as well as pairing accompaniments.

What are Trustee Badges?

Trustee Badges are a system designed to recognize and reward trustees’ engagement with the Kiva Zip website.

There are two types of badges that are tiered like medals: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

  1. 'Repayment badges' are awarded for the on-time repayment of loans.
  2. 'Connectedness badges' are awarded for engagement with the Kiva Zip website.
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