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Building! - Not Begging

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Raised by 50 people in 10 months
After a two year life threatening  battle with a rare form of leukemia blood cancer  (CMML) which required chemo-therapy, a bone marrow transplant and two years for recovery,  there is a story to be told. Leukemia is a big part of my story but not the whole story.   At the end of my  recovery period my husband asked the question: "What do you really want to do with your life?" Indirectly, I answered, "I want a teahouse". What I really meant ...that is, what I clearly understood was my intention to create a  black owned and managed business so that we could trade with each other while spending our dollars multiple times with our neighbors. We surveyed our potential customers and to a person they responded favorably. So, in the fall of 2012 the business was licensed and registered as TeaLee's, LLC.

That name was chosen because of my Grandmother's nickname -"Tee-Lee". Her real name was Mrs. Evelyn Jones. Going to her home embodied what was simple and good about life  - - - good food, drink, wisdom, comfort, protection, love and conversation.

With the business named and the business plan completed - the search for prospective locations was on, funding sought, start-up capital acquired and a lease secured in November of 2015 in the Historic Five Points District on the edge of downtown Denver.   Signage was posted at the entrance, signaling -  we are here! TeaLee's, LLC exists!

The teahouse is intended to serve as a conduit to providing employment in an Economic Enterprise Zone. Once open, the community will find excellent service, 52-varieties of loose-leaf teas from around the world, good food tastefully presented, tea-infused cocktails and sundries. Additionally, Afternoon and High Tea will be served with reservation. Most important , as owners, we see TeaLee's as a daily/regular gathering space.

Now, one year and six months later we are still not open for business.The landlord has not secured proper permits from the city that would  allow a Certificate of Occupancy to be issued. After keeping the site  without sales or business income for the past 18-months, we're seeking funding of $60,000 for Debt Reduction, Operating Capital and Inventory.
                                                                                                                          REMEMBER: People of like experiences can come together! Give Now! This is when it's most needed.

Louis & Rise
TeaLee's, LLC
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We are open!

Thank you to all who donated, supported or put good vibes out in the atmosphere for TeaLee's opening!

We look forward to serving the community and having you as customers - our success and prosperity is in your customership!

Please continue to spread the word about TeaLee's opening and the fundraising campaign.

TeaLee's Hours: Tuesday - Saturday - 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

Address: 611 22nd Street - Denver, Co 80205

See you at TeaLee's!

Rise & Louis



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Happy New Year!

Thank you to all who read or listened to our story, provided moral support and/or made a donation to our campaign.

Our goal is to do a soft opening in mid-January and a Grand Opening in February. We will keep you posted with exact dates and events.

We are making headway with our goal and need a strong push in the month of January to get us over the hump.

Thanks to those who have donated - if you have not join the number we need to hear from you now!

Louis & Rise - TeaLee's
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DONATE NOW! TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!

(Seeking first Goal of $10,000 in ten days!)

Talk to you soon!
Louis & Rise
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Dear Supporters,

Thanks for hanging in there with us in spite of a host of internal problems - we now can say progress is being made towards an opening date. We'll let you know what we need and why we need it. For sure we could not progress as we have without you and we will not succeed and cannot build this business/cultural gathering place which our community so desperately needs.

Every time we have been down one or another of you have picked us up!

Thanks Again for Much Love!

Louis & Rise



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