I am the Tea Lady, also known as Glynis Chapman.  I manage everything tea related at Local Coffee + Tea.

I was born and raised in the Yorkshire Dales, North England on a small farm where my tea journey started as a young girl.  My mother was an avid tea drinker and the kettle was always boiling at our house.  Every event called for a “cuppa” and I have very happy memories of those times.

After attending a Hotel Management College, I had a successful career in Hospital management working for several hospitals in the United Kingdom.  Then came mid-life!  My husband was a hospital administrator and voluntarily took a severance package and started to look at business opportunities, something we could work together. That quest brought us to Siesta Key where we operated a business for nearly ten years.  On selling the business, I am pursuing my life long passion for tea by sharing my love and experience of this ancient beverage.

At Local Coffee + Tea, I get to taste some wonderful teas as part of managing the tea offering.  I am lucky enough to work at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in our tea tasting room and most Saturday’s I can be found sampling and selling tea at the Sarasota Downtown Farmer’s Market.

Local Coffee + Tea has a shop in Siesta Key Village where all of our loose leaf teas are available by the cup.  We also have a website at www.SipLocally.com

It has been an amazing experience and I continue to grow and find new teas that intrigue me.  I love introducing people to the wonders and benefits of drinking loose leaf tea.  Thank you for sharing part of your tea journey with me.  My sincere hope is for you to ‘take time for tea’ in your life.



15 Responses to “TeaLady Bio”

  1. Mona Hynch Says:

    Dear Glynis,
    It’s me, Mona from Healing Hands!
    I really enjoyed and appreciated reading all about tea. You did a lovely job and it is obvious you are passionate about tea!
    I’m almost out of “Sweet Sin” so I’ll see you on the 24th at Marie Selby to buy more. I hope you will be there. I am bringing 3 women who have never been to the gardens. Should be fun.
    Hugs, Mona

  2. would love to post some of your stories on http://www.teaAtlas.com
    We would link back to your site

    1. teaLady Says:

      Please do link or post our Sip Locally blog to Teaatlas.com. please let me know when it goes up and call with any questions.
      Michael Duranko

  3. Well hi there, Glynis. I’ve wondered what your actual name is. I came here by way of The World Tea News group on Linked In. I’m enjoying your blog very much and I am putting it in my list of favorite places.

    Feel free to send me any information on new developments here. My E-mail is at the end of my bio. Click on the word bio under my name, and you can reach me there. I am also at Teaexaminer@gmail.com

  4. […] has a tea named after it is because this is my home town! This is where my love of tea and my tea journey first began. My mum could ‘sup some tea’ as they say in Yorkshire and as a family we did plenty […]

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