Crossroads Bible Church | August 8, 2015

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Our lovely display at Crossroads Bible Church.
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We were very excited to debut our Healthy Joints Tea.
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An intrigued customer browses our teaware selection.

Last night I was a little bummed that the Black Buttafly Expo was canceled on such short notice. However, Omar led me out of the pity party by finding an alternative event and calling Jose who answered the phone at 5 p.m. on a Friday. He said that we could have the last spot at their church market. The Universe provides! We had a great time conversing, laughing and talking tea to the folks of Abington, Foxchase, Huntingdon and other surrounding neighborhoods. Our organic, herbal teas were a huge hit and we are looking forward to vending again next week at the Jazz on the Ave. event in Philadelphia near Temple University.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

Black Buttafly Expo | August 8, 2015

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We are pleased to announce that Heirloom Bohemian Boutique will be presenting new tea blends at our first ever exhibition at the Black Buttafly Expo this Saturday, August 8th from 12 p.m. to 8p.m. at 5200 Parkside Avenue in West Philly. We will feature our African Mint tea perfect for digestion, Healthy Joints tea for sufferers of achy joints, Sleepy Time tea for an amazing night’s rest, and finally, our Flower Power tea packed with anti-oxidants and valuable health properties. Of course, we will have our boho luxxe accessories available for sale as well. Please contact us as heirloomphilly@gmail.com if you have any questions. And can’t make the market?  Shop Heirloom Bohemian Boutique at heirloomphilly.storenvy.com.

Heirloom Pop-Up Store | June 27, 2015

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Photo credit: Just Joy Photography.
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Photo credit: Just Joy Photography.
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Photo credit: Just Joy Photography.

We are pleased to announce that our second pop-up store will take place this Saturday, June 27th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Urban Oasis. This event is by private invitation only. If you are interested in attending or hosting a pop-up, please contact us at HeirloomPhilly@gmail.com.

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Photo credit: Just Joy Photography.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

Capitolo Flea Market & Live Band Showcase | June 20, 2015

Thanks to everyone who came by to see us at Quaker City Flea today. It was great to see you. We are excited to announce that we will be vending at Capitolo Flea Market & Live Band Showcase tomorrow in South Philly (at Federal and 9th) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will be selling men’s and women’s summer clothing and shoes, costume jewelry, glassware, and lots of other cool items for the home. You can check out featured products here. We hope to see you there!

Today’s mantra: everyday putting love into our dreams.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

Quaker City Flea Market | June 19, 2015

Good day beautiful people! Heirloom Bohemian Boutique will be vending this Friday at Quaker City Flea in Tacony (5001 Comly Street), Philly’s oldest flea market, for the very first time from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be selling kitchen wares, summer clothes and shoes, cute travel and cosmetic bags, jewelry and more. You can check out featured products here. We hope to see you there!

Today’s mantra: love is always the answer.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

Scenes from the Coffee and Tea Festival NYC

So many people enjoying the wonderful offerings by quality vendors.
So many people enjoying the wonderful offerings by quality vendors.

BY AJUA HAWKINS
An important aspect of being an entrepreneur is staying up-to-date on trends in your industry. The tea industry is currently experiencing a surge in product innovation so I must stay on top of new ways to steep teas, create tea blends and serve teas. The Coffee and Tea Festival NYC (Brooklyn) was a perfect place to do just that! I learned so much and got to hang out with one of my favorite people, craftor extraordinaire Linda Sim. We had a blast while getting totally buzzed on cool new beverages.

Magnificent pu-erh cakes.
Magnificent pu-erh cakes.

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Scenes from Philadelphia Mural Arts Program’s OPEN SOURCE Exhibit

West Philly’s Chill Moodie moves the crowd, along with DJ Ricochet.
West Philly’s Chill Moodie moves the crowd, along with DJ Ricochet.

BY OMAR HAWKINS
Earlier this year I received a mailing from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program announcing a kickoff event for a new outdoor exhibition called OPEN SOURCE.

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I’m already a fan of the Mural Arts Program, having taken their trolley tours through various areas of the city on multiple occasions.  The mailer boasted of a Friday evening event with outdoor art, skateboard demos, live music, along with food and drinks provided by local food truck operators.  Sounded like a winning combination to me!

Paine’s Park was the venue.  6-9pm on June 9th.  And the subject, Skateable Sculptures.

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Heirloom’s Very First Independent Pop-Up!

Photo credit: Just Joy Photography.
Photo credit: Just Joy Photography.
Photo credit: Just Joy Photography.
Photo credit: Just Joy Photography.

BY AJUA HAWKINS
We are excited to share pictures from Heirloom’s very first pop-up! A special thanks to Just Joy Photography for doing such a fabulous job. For information regarding future pop-ups or private tea parties, please contact us at HeirloomPhilly@gmail.com.

Heirloom’s evolution is a wonder to behold and we thank you all for your support. Peace and blessings!

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Tea Love: Homestead Apothecary

I stocked up on some herbs for tea blends. Yippee!
I stocked up on some herbs for tea blends. Yippee!
Magnificent crystals dotted the store creating a beautifully magical ambiance.
Magnificent crystals dotted the store creating a beautifully magical ambiance.

After a trip to San Francisco last year, I read an article in “Fresh Cup” about an herb shop called Homestead Apothecary. I was a little bummed that I had missed an opportunity to check it out for myself. So of course, I made it a priority to get over to Oakland on my trip to Cali last week. I was not disappointed!

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Uhuru Flea Market | May 16, 2015

Yay!! Heirloom herbal tea blends are finally available! Pick up your bottles this weekend at Uhuru Flea!
Yay!! Heirloom herbal tea blends are finally available! Pick up your bottles this weekend at Uhuru Flea!

Good day beautiful people! Heirloom Bohemian Boutique will be selling vintage clothing, spiritual and inspirational books, meditation tools, exotic jewelry and new tea blends this Saturday in Clark Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can check out featured products here. We hope to see you there!

Today’s mantra: my heart chakra is open to love.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

Pop-Up Tea Lounge Phase 3 Renovations

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…

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Germantown Flea at Grumblethorp | April 25, 2015

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Good day beautiful people! Heirloom Bohemian Boutique will be selling men’s and children’s clothing, spiritual and inspirational books, meditation tools, exotic jewelry and new tea blends this Saturday at Grumblethorp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can check out featured products here.  We hope to see you there!

Today’s mantra: I am the master of all I survey.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

Pop-Up Tea Lounge Phase 2 Renovations

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.

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Uhuru Health Festival & Flea Market | April 18, 2015

Don't miss out! Join the fun at the 2015 Uhuru Health Festival!
Don’t miss out! Join the fun at the 2015 Uhuru Health Festival!

Good day beautiful people! Heirloom Private Tea Lounge & Bohemian Boutique will be selling vintage clothing, spiritual and inspirational books, meditation tools, exotic jewelry and new tea blends this Saturday in Clark Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can check out featured products here. This year we are a proud sponsor of the event so please come out to support the good work Uhuru continues to do for the Philadelphia community. We hope to see you there!

Today’s mantra: everything I need to succeed flows easily to me.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

Nature is My Muse

I vibrate to the tune of nature. Well-being flows effortlessly through me. I am the master of all I survey. Abundance is plentiful.
I vibrate to the tune of nature. Well-being flows effortlessly through me. I am the master of all I survey. Abundance is plentiful.
The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show was so amazingly inspirational with respect to my bohemian tea room. Beautiful synergy and synchronicity!
The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show was so amazingly inspirational with respect to my bohemian tea room. Beautiful synergy and synchronicity!

Today’s mantra: I attract everything I need to successfully accomplish my goals.

Pictures taken by Ajua Hawkins at the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show.

Copyright 2015 Ajua Hawkins

Pop-Up Tea Lounge Phase 1 Renovations

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Our sidewalk sign insert for the pop-up created by Signs Now in Beaufort, SC.

Every moment not spent working at the tea store job and not sleeping is spent on building my business, cultivating my baby – Heirloom. Omar and I spent the last year selling at markets and joint pop-ups. Now we are focusing on building a prototype tea lounge in our home. The test pop-up event takes place in about a month and we are full speed ahead with renovations, product development, and marketing. So much to do but so rewarding when it is all for your future. I wanted to document our journey through it all. We are currently in phase 1 of the transformation and all is on track for a wonderful bohemian boutique, tea lounge experience. Excitement growing…

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