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Our Story

the story of Distinctly Tea

Its' happened to all of us. And usually in the oddest of places and under the strangest of circumstances. An aroma comes wafting through the air, and for a moment, instantly transports you to a different place and time. A place and time reminiscent of the fondest of memories.

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Hello, my name is Peter Barker. Together with my wife Joyce, we created Distinctly Tea - tea shoppes with stores in Waterloo and Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

Hooked on tea

So how did an engineer from Canada, managing an automotive systems and components plant with worldwide technological responsibility in Poland, where kielbasa is king, get hooked on tea? The exact same way!

Arriving at work one day, a magnificent aroma aroused my senses. I had to know what it was! Sitting at her desk, our time keeper was enjoying a cup of tea. As I approached, I noticed rose petals and green tea leaves floating on the surface. She made me a cup and soon after her and two coworkers took me to a tea shop slightly bigger than a breadbox in Bialsko Biala. And although the proprietor didn't speak English and I didn't speak Polish, through a series of finger pointing; grunts; facial expressions and other gyrations...over time, I was able to try as many different teas as she was able to brew. The effects that her various teas had on me were indescribable. I was smitten! I was determined to make the switch from automotive engineer to tea connoisseur and procurer. See the connection? Neither do I!

I decided to take early retirement to pursue my dream...not to seek fame and fortune, and certainly not to change the world, but to simply bring a bit of happiness and health into people's lives. After spending just about 3 years preparing a marketing plan (there's nothing like curling up at night with a hot cup of tea all warm and cozy pouring over a marketing plan); making innumerable brewing errors causing my tea to taste like cheap shoe leather; traipsing through the outlying provinces of China being stared at because you happen to be Caucasian; and trying to ingest really funky food while being gracious to your host...we opened our first shoppe in Stratford in (?) followed soon by our second shoppe in waterloo in 2003.

Today, we have customers from all over Canada and the United States. They come for the theatre in Stratford and to visit us. I remember once on the floor of a trade show in Detroit, an exhibitor came up to me and asked, "So you're Distinctly Tea! My customers rave about you. What are you doing right?" Chuckling inside, I said to myself, 'when you have the most extensive and freshest selection of teas in all of North America, the answer is obvious'.

 

So stop in for a cup of tea and conversation at our shoppes at 18 York Street in Stratford or at 187 King Street South in Waterloo. Or visit our website at www.distinctlytea.com.

 

Have a cup of our tea. You'll love it! I promise.

(Tea Connoisseur & Procurer)

 

18 York St., Stratford,

Ontario Canada N5A 1A1

Ph 519-271-9978 Fax 519-271-2386

 

187 King St. South,

Waterloo, Ontario Canada N2J 1R1

Ph 519-578-2010 Fax 519-578-2015