We had the good fortune of connecting with Jasmine Oliver and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jasmine, how does your business help the community?
Tea Please is a dessert flavored tea line that is naturally sweetened with real fruits and nuts. Our teas provide flavor and sweetness that aren’t artificial. Therefore, people are able to satisfy their cravings without intaking any of the bad stuff that causes harm to our immune systems over time. For example, African Americans rank number one in diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Sugar is a huge culprit in feeding those diseases. So as an African American woman who is health conscious but loves sweets, I wanted to create something that would help alleviate those numbers and prevent potential health risks all together.
What should our readers know about your business?
I officially have been operating Tea Please for a year. Starting your own business is no cake walk. I feel you have to really have a clear vision for what you want and use that to be the blueprint that helps get you there. I started Tea Please not to say “I have my own business,” but because I truly want to make a change in the way that people view tea, desserts and their health. It’s that passion that has kept me going. There have been times when I didn’t have a sale for weeks at a time, but passion and belief in what I had to offer is what pushed me through to where I am today. I have also been a flight attendant for the worlds largest airline for over six years. I have been around the world and back, both for work and play. With travel, I have been able to immerse myself into different cultures and make friends from different backgrounds. I believe this helped with how I operate Tea Please and the way that I communicate with my customers. One may think that I just create blends of tea and sell them. But I am the office manager, receptionist, marketing manager, purchasing manager, accountant, quality control manager, shipping and receiving person, photographer, videographer and still somehow, I’m a flight attendant. There is so much work on the back end, but my love for what I do, the why behind it and the vision that I see for it is what drives me. And honestly there is nothing else in the world I’d rather be doing.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Monday we would have a nice chill lunch for Recipe Oak Cliff. Tuesday we would do some shopping at Guns and Roses boutique in downtown Dallas. Wednesday we would rest for the weekend ahead. Thursday we would probably vibe out to some Jazz at Sandaga 813. Friday I would probably take my friend to Deep Ellum. There is always something that you can get into down there. Saturday we would most likely go to the Las Colinas Farmers Market and Sunday we’d go to the Carrollton Farmers Market. There are so many amazing vendors at both markets who provide fresh fruits and vegetables, amazing arts and crafts, and there are food vendors whipping up full plates of food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My first shoutout goes to my Grandmother. She had the biggest sweet tooth and inspired the dessert flavored theme for Tea Please. My next shoutout goes to my mom. I literally wanted to be and do 100 different things in my life, even changed my college major four times lol and every time I wanted to do something different my mom supported me and seen every one of my visions. I also have to give a shoutout to a couple of books that changed my life. The first being, “The Alchemist” and the next “The Law of Attraction.” They both completely changed my way of thinking and let me know that every single one of my hopes and plans for Tea Please are absolutely attainable.