Ajualuv Ascension Essentials

Pop-Up Tea Lounge Phase 2 Renovations

In News on April 19, 2015 at 11:39 am
The theme for this pop-up is an enchanting North African tea room and garden.

The theme for this pop-up is an enchanting North African tea room and garden.

So our first solo mission pop-up is in a mere six days!! Yes, daily meditation will be essential for keeping calm because there is so much to get done! Ack!! I will not even go into all of the unforeseen headaches that have popped up in the last week offering up a plethora of distractions and inviting self-pity. But, Omar and I are like two determined work horses feeling the weight of our future on our backs. Don’t stop, won’t stop. This pop-up will happen and it will be a success for the heavens have ordained it as our purpose in this moment. Of course, as always, we share with you our journey.

(Click on the header or the link below to see the renovations in progress.)

On-sight work desk managing the renovation and store design.

On-sight work desk managing the renovation and store design.

Matt Fox and crew did an excellent job painting the rooms a very difficult, vibrant color.

Matt Fox and crew did an excellent job painting the rooms a very difficult, vibrant color.

Slowly coming along...

Slowly coming along…

Omar cleaning up after the painters have left.

Omar cleaning up after the painters have left.

Our first purchase at Restaurant Depot!

Our first purchase at Restaurant Depot!

Shopping at Ikea for merchandise displays.

Shopping at Ikea for merchandise displays.

Found this alaphabet sign on-line to display a generalized menu upon entry.

Found this alphabet sign on-line to display a generalized menu upon entry.

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No tea party would be complete without lots of tasty goodies! We’ve found beautiful food displays at Ikea, Michaels, Salvation Army and Goodwill.

Tea lounge guests will always be invited to stay hydrated with fruit and herb water. Found this dispenser at Bed, Bath & Beyond and of course used those handy coupons!

Tea lounge guests will always be invited to stay hydrated with fruit and herb water. Found this dispenser at Bed, Bath & Beyond and of course used those handy coupons!

Arranging seating and tables.

Arranging seating and tables.

Playing with potential layouts. Our pop-up will feature curated treasures found at estate sales  as well as teas and honey.

Playing with potential layouts. Our pop-up will feature curated treasures found at estate sales as well as teas and honey.

We've set aside special items that may be of interest to our guests. Next will be pricing items.

We’ve set aside special items that may be of interest to our guests. Next will be pricing items.

We are excited to debut our first small batch tea blends to an exclusive set of invited clientele. Eager to hear the feedback.

We are excited to debut our first small batch tea blends to an exclusive set of invited clients. Eager to hear the feedback.

Working on our "Sleeping Beauty" tea blend. This will ensure a peaceful rest indeed.

Working on our “Sleeping Beauty” tea blend. This will ensure a peaceful rest indeed.

Every week Ajua visits markets and thrift stores, gathering beautiful teaware. These lovely trays were bought at the Uhuru Flea Market yesterday,

Every week Ajua visits markets and thrift stores, gathering beautiful teaware. These lovely trays were bought at the Uhuru Flea Market yesterday.

The search for a space doesn't stop. Omar inspecting a potential property in East Falls.

The search for a space doesn’t stop. Omar inspecting a potential property in East Falls.

Everyday striving to be the woman I want to be at all time. Thankful Omar always has my back.

Everyday choosing to be the woman I want to be at all times. Thankful Omar always has my back.

Today’s mantra: striving for my personal best.

Photography taken by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

  1. I wished I lived closer – I’ve become such a big fan of tea lately. Not the fancy stuff though, just plain ol’ English Breakfast. I wish you two all the luck in the world with your endeavors..

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