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Save the Date

posted Dec 7, 2018, 8:35 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Dec 7, 2018, 9:04 AM ]

111 Stoner Ave, Westminster, MD 21157
MATBA January Seminar
Monday, January 21, 2019

 (formerly Gypsy's Tea Room) in Westminster, MD.

new owners, Becky & Jessica

Disaster Preparedness for Businesses presented by Linda Jones

MATBA Fall Seminar - Monday, October 22, 2018

posted Sep 21, 2018, 12:40 PM by L Brommer   [ updated Oct 21, 2018, 7:35 AM ]

Tickle Your Fancy Hosts MATBA
At two locations 7 miles apart

Tickle Your Fancy Gifts and Tea, 9:00 am - 9:30 am (optional)
110 Lincoln Way West
McConnellsburg, PA 17233

The Fulton County Library 9:30 am - 11:45 (business meeting)
227 North First Street
McConnellsburg, PA 17233

The Mercersburg Inn 12:00 - conclusion (luncheon)
406 South Main Street
Mercersburg, PA 17236

Directions to the Library

If you approach McConnellsburg from the north via route 522 from the PA Turnpike, you will take the first right turn as soon as you enter the 'burg. This is North Street and it goes one block before curving into First Street. The Library is just ahead on the right. Parking lot is before the library

If you come from the west, take the "old 30" route which comes directly into the town and make the first left after passing Paws for Hope on your left. The library is about 1.5 blocks away. If you miss the turnoff and continue on the bypass, you will have an exit that will take you into town on 522. See directions above.

If you arrive from the east by way of Route 30 East from Chambersburg, take the exit for McConnellsburg/ 522 south and follow directions above.

If you arrive from the southwest via Route 16, you will enter the town to a “Y” intersection where you have the right of way. There will be a Citgo to your right and a Sheetz and MacDonald’s directly in front of you. Bear left and drive west through the town and through the two traffic lights. The next right hand turn after the second traffic light is First Street.

Program Phase 1

Our program will take place in the Green Room which is located in the bottom of the library. There is a large parking lot but be wary of a sharp little hill near the building itself just about dead center. We should be ready to fling open the doors soon after 9:15 A.M.

Should you wish to visit Tickle Your Fancy prior to the meeting, my sister Joyce will open the door at 9:00 A.M. Please do not feel any sense of obligation.


Our program is called Booze, Barns and Blooms and I am hoping everyone is psyched for a fun day. Lin Henry is so happy to welcome us to her community! Safe travels, All! 

Gather at

The Mercersburg Inn

to Enjoy a Special Luncheon Prepared By Chef Dan Nowalk

Chef Nowalk brings 20 years of culinary expertise to historic Mercersburg Inn. His career has offered him a wide range of experience, working with some of the top chefs on the east coast. His skills and ability made Byron's Dining Room the finest dining in the Southern Pennsylvania/Northern Maryland area.


The Luncheon Menu


Frisee Salad with Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts, Bacon, and Hazelnut Vinaigrette

Coq au Vin with Chive Mashed Potatoes

and sauce Beurre Rouge and/or Roasted Fall vegetables


Pear Tart Tatin

Caramelized Pear Tart with Warm Caramel and Crème Anglaise


Served with teas from Nepal Tea Company


* Wine and/or spirits available for pre-order at an additional charge


Following lunch the house manager and/or owner will

take the group on a guided tour of the Inn, sharing its history.

Welcome New Members

posted Jun 28, 2018, 11:45 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 2:15 PM ]

MATBA is happy to welcome 3 new members this month!

Elden Street Tea Shop

705 Dranesville Road

Herndon, VA 20170

Cuppa Love Tea House

1 E. Main St.

New Market, MD 21774


Southern Royal Tea

3200 Rogers Rd.

Wake Forest, NC 27587

Meet and Greet Reception-Wednesday June 13,2018

posted Jun 8, 2018, 8:49 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Jun 8, 2018, 8:51 AM ]

The Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association cordially extends an invitation to all WTE attendees to attend our 
Meet and Greet reception at the World Tea Expo next week!

Wednesday June 13, 2018
4pm to 5pm
Las Vegas Convention Center
Room # S 226

We are a trade only organization of Tea business owners in our 13th year. Our members are from the 7 Mid-Atlantic States and beyond. We exist to advance the knowledge of Tea through networking, sponsoring educational seminars, and sharing best practices over ☕️ with one another. 

MATBA Summer Seminar-Monday, June 25, 2018

posted Jun 7, 2018, 7:04 AM by L Brommer

36 West Pomfret Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

Hosted By Linda Jackman
Agenda-Monday, June 25, 2018
9:30  - Arrival, Morning Reception
Metered parking is available on Pomfret Street,
or it is suggested you use the parking garage across the street from the tea room
10:30 - Educational Program
Susanna Reppert Brill of The Rosemary House
        "Ask the Herbalist" Trending Herbs and Their Uses
11:30 - Round table discussion “Tea and Tourism”
12:00 - Afternoon Tea Linda Jackman, Camellia's Sin Tea Parlor
1:15   - Business Meeting
Reports (Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Chair)
Old Business
New Business
2:00    - Departure
Fee: $45.00/member


Please advise Kathleen Hippelli, our MATBA treasurer how many will attend, and whether they are members or guests, and any dietary requests. 

She will then send you an invoice for payment.

Please do not delay in making your registration.

TeaScapes - Beyond the Tea - MATBA April Seminar

posted Apr 25, 2018, 4:02 PM by L Brommer   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 5:03 PM ]

The quarterly seminar for the Mid-Atlantic Tea Business Association was recently held at TeaScapes in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. Hosted by business owner Kathleen Edinger, members from PA, MD, and NJ gathered for an enjoyable day of sharing, learning, and reconnecting. 

TeaScapes is a modern tea bar where Kathleen encourages you to surround yourself with tea. She hopes that you take time for tea and for yourself, all the while enjoying the moment.

Kathleen, a certified tea consultant, is energetic, bubbly with enthusiasm, and on the go. She invited us to enjoy the morning reception of coffee cakes and fresh fruit with yogurt and crunchy toppings and offered a variety of tea flavors to fill our cups.

The shop has a great assortment of premium loose leaf teas organized by region of origin. Various tea accoutrements, from T-sacs to tea pots and hand crocheted cozies line the shelves. Kathleen also offers classes, tastings, and special events. If you ever find yourself in Atlantic Highlands, do stop in for your tea fix. Kathleen will be sure that you enjoy your time spent at her tea bar.

Annual Meeting

posted Mar 29, 2018, 6:25 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Mar 29, 2018, 6:28 AM ]

MATBA Annual Meeting Agenda
Monday, April 23, 2018

owner, Kathleen Edinger
68 First Avenue Suite K,
Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey 07716

Free Parking is available in the municipal lot 1 block away 
(for directions, click link: Teascapes website)

Cost: $50 per member/$55 non members

RSVP by April 16 
for invoice email Kathleen Hippeli:
9:30  Welcome – Arrival – Registration
Light Breakfast - Networking

10:15  Education Program
Our featured presenter is Morissa Schwartz, bestselling author, entrepreneur, singer, & professional speaker: She’s the voice of Generation Z. She is the owner of GenZ Publishing  boasting 6 bestsellers over the past 2 years. She’s had articles published in Entertainment Weekly, Hello Giggles, Nerd Approved, Grunge, My Neon Green Notebook and more. 
Morissa will share her formulas for Online Business Growth: Take Your Business and Books to the Next Level. In this talk, Morissa will share her journey of going from being a self-published high schooler to owning her own successful ghostwriting/book publishing company. She will teach us how to use her strategies to develop your own books and /or businesses.
11:30  Short Puerh Tea Presentation and tasting
Guided by Debbie Raab
Noon  Afternoon Tea 
Please RSVP by April 16
and indicate any food restrictions with your reservation.
All food is prepared offsite and must be preordered.

1:00   Business Meeting
Minutes from January meeting
Treasurer’s Report
Membership Report
Officer Elections
Tea Time Magazine ad update Erin Bradley
World Tea Expo
FSMA update
“Swan Song” from outgoing President, Mike Raab
Confirm June meeting
New Business

New Members

posted Mar 13, 2018, 7:22 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 7:47 AM ]

We are happy to welcome two new Maryland members to MATBA.   Tea on the Tiber & Tea You There

MATBA Winter Seminar Monday, January 22, 2018

posted Jan 11, 2018, 7:18 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Jan 11, 2018, 7:24 AM ]

55 North Main Street
Red Lion, PA 17356
Hosted By Chef Danielle Sanders

9:30 - Arrival, Morning Reception

10:30 - Guest Speaker Stephanie Shaffer of Marketing Works. Topic: Millennial Marketing

12:00 - Afternoon Tea by Chef Dani of the Red Brick Bakery

1:15 - Business Meeting
Nominations for officers - election in April 2018

2:00 - Departure

Please advise Kathleen Hippelli, our MATBA treasurer how many will attend, and
whether they are members or guests, and any dietary requests. She will then send you an invoice for payment. Please do not delay in making your registration.

Note: Call in will be available UPON REQUEST for selected times, only.
A $20.00 Fee will be charged to call in during the program. No fee assessed to call in during the business meeting.

Fee: $45.00/member

October 16, 2017 Fall Seminar, Dollies Tea Room

posted Sep 13, 2017, 6:24 AM by L Brommer   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 4:25 AM ]

Save the Date! Monday, October 16, 2017
MATBA Seminar at Dollies Tea Room
150 Cumberland Street
Clear Spring, MD 21722
Contact: Amy Myers
Phone: 301-842-2720

  • 9:30 - Arrival, Morning Reception
  • 10:30 - Tea Business Round table (see below)
  • 12:00 - Afternoon Tea by Dollies Tea Room
  • 1:15 - Business Meeting
  • 2:00 - Departure

Round Table Discussion: 
"Best Practices for Tea Businesses".  
Members are requested to bring their best experiences and ideas for business growth.  What works?  What didn't work? Some topics to include:
In's & Outs's of bus trips (request Dollies input)
TV monitors - how much of an investment, placement, usage - internet connected? Suggested input from One Steep at a Thyme (Kathleen)
Children's parties - Gypsies (Jo) has a lovely house where she has children's tea parties. How do they work? Is it one price for all? Are adults invited? Do other tea rooms host children's events?
Catering: I know many of our tearooms and tea businesses do catering - how do you price for catering? What equipment must you purchase for catering? Are there certain menu items not suited for catering?
Holidays: What types of incentives do you offer for holiday shoppers/diners? Do you purchase holiday themed merchandise? Do you have an open house?
Tea Rooms: Do you do carry out and if so how? Do you do online reservations? How do you handle no shows or reduction in groups? Do you do events? Which events are most popular? How do you handle reservations for special events?  
Retailers: How do you choose your products? How do you get rid of old inventory? Do you coupon? Do you go to gift shows? Which products sell best in your area? What's your most profitable item?  
Bloggers: How do you find content for your blogs? How do you build up your followers? Do you guest blog?

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