Ajualuv Ascension Essentials

Pop-Up Tea Lounge Phase 3 Renovations

In News on May 10, 2015 at 3:35 pm
Our beautiful friend Linda Sim created these gorgeous cupcakes for our customers.

Our beautiful friend Linda Sim created these gorgeous cupcakes for our customers.

So much work went into our first pop-up with the help of some amazing people. I want to start off by thanking Omar Hawkins, Juraee McNeil, Cheryl Moore, Linda Sim, and Claudia Hawkins for being such stars. Without them, the event could not have happened and been such a success. I would also like to thank Joy Pinkney-Davis of Just Joy Photography for the beautiful pictures of the pop-up store, which I will share with you in the next pop-up related post. The pictures below are the final stages of our process before our first customers walked in the door. I am so pleased…

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

Setting up the yummy food display for our guests.

Setting up the yummy food display for our guests.

This will be the first part of the pop up experience.

This will be the first part of the pop up experience. An introduction to what is going on and greetings.

Setting up the Genmaicha and Chrysanthemum tea samples and sniffers.

Setting up the Genmaicha and Chrysanthemum tea samples and sniffers.

Setting up staging for the photographer.

Setting up staging for the photographer.

Just Joy Photography came a few days before the pop up to take pictures of our set up.

Just Joy Photography came a few days before the pop-up to take pictures of our set up.

Excited to share her pictures with you in the next pop up post.

Excited to share her pictures with you in the next pop-up post.

The menu did change just a little right before the event. The bacon wrapped dates were a huge hit.

The menu did change just a little right before the event. The bacon wrapped dates were a huge hit.

My Mother-in-Law Claudia Hawkins added the final touches to our sign, created by Signs Now, with beautiful balloons.

My Mother-in-Law Claudia Hawkins added the final touches to our sign, created by Signs Now, with beautiful balloons.

Most importantly, we had to create tea blends for the pop up. One of my favorite parts of the process.

Most importantly, we had to create tea blends for the pop-up. One of my favorite parts of the process.

Mixing small batches of our tea blends.

Mixing small batches of our tea blends.

Mom labeling and packaging the tea.

Mom labeling and packaging the tea.

Omar helping organize the store and merch.

Omar helping organize the store and merch.

The store is coming together! Looks fantastic!

The store is coming together! Looks fantastic!

Busy baking "teacup" M&M's cookies.

Busy baking “teacup” M&M’s cookies.

Setting up condiments in the garden for folks seated outdoors.

Setting up condiments in the garden for folks seated outdoors.

Figuring out space logistics in the kitchen.

Figuring out space logistics in the kitchen.

So much to organize...

So much to organize…

Creating soothing cucumber and lemon water to keep guests hydrated.

Creating soothing cucumber and lemon water to keep guests hydrated.

Staff member Cheryl and my Mom packaging dried fruit and nuts.

Staff member Cheryl and my Mom packaging dried fruit and nuts.

My mom was such an amazing help. Sharing dinner after a long day of work at neighborhood Italian restaurant Fiorino's.

My Mom was such an amazing help. Sharing dinner after a long day of work at neighborhood Italian restaurant Fiorino’s.

I am so excited for this pop-up! Yes!!!

I am so excited for this pop-up! Yes!!!

Today’s mantra: I attract love and abundance easily to my being and life.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins and Juraee McNeil.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

  1. How wonderful! How beautiful! I love it! I want to go to a pop up tea party! It all looks so fantastic. Well done πŸ˜€

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