Since the 1990’s, Pippa Mills has been an educator, promoter, and lover of specialty tea. Her dream was to open a charming tea shop in downtown Port Townsend, WA featuring the finest teas and personal customer service. She envisioned creating a place where people could gather with friends for a chat over a pot of tea and a plate of English scones with real clotted cream. But Pippa’s enchanting vision was put on hold when she was unable to get the capital she needed to make her tea shop a reality. As a first-time entrepreneur, banks were unable to provide her financing. Then she heard about Craft3, which provided her a $55,000 loan to open her tea shop, make leasehold improvements, and purchase equipment and inventory.
Thanks to Craft3, Pippa’s Real Tea is now a reality—a modern and comfortable cafe where customers can choose from more than 100 teas, and the opening of which created 14 jobs, two of which went to developmentally-disabled individuals.