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March 12, 2018 (Sequim, WA) – Business owner Shaelee Evans announces the opening of the Goodness Tea House on Highway 101 near Sequim. For twelve years, Evans has been blending and growing herbal teas, first for her family’s personal use and then as a way to support her three young children after her marriage ended. Evans recalls feeling that “life was wild, I was at a place of extreme transition in my life; trying to hold onto farming, homeschooling, teaching and landscaping, while being the sole-caretaker for my family”.

Evans began selling Goodness Tea at the Port Angeles Farmer’s Market in 2014. The market became an ideal platform to solicit feedback from customers while she fine-tuned her recipes and learned how to legally license tea for resale through the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Her new tea house on the highway is a convenient place to showcase all Goodness Tea blends, as well as the organic, whole-food cookies, chocolates and treats her team developed during their years at the market.

Believing that business should contribute to the community and the economy, Evans creates recipes that highlight ingredients grown on the Olympic Peninsula. In addition to her teas, Evans obtains produce from local farms and through the Clallam county gleaning network to make fruit leathers and her innovative AdventureOn Chips, a combination of sprouted quinoa and seasonal vegetables.

In 2017, Evans joined a cohort of fifteen entrepreneurs from the Olympic Peninsula to compete in the Washington Coast Works Sustainable Business Plan Competition. All participants receive extensive training and business support to help them launch their start-ups. After this experience, Evans saw that Goodness Tea could support the greater community the way it was supporting her.

“Coast Works inspired me to share the hope, food-security and connection to community I’ve found through my business on another level.  But Coast Works didn’t stop at inspiration, their team is also giving me tools and training to make sure I succeed in getting there.”

The move to a brick-and-mortar shop means that Goodness Tea is a daily hub for connecting ideas and sharing products without having to build-the-walls every time. Goodness Tea House serves as a meeting space for groups, a mobile office, and for events like skill-shares, crafting parties and dancing. Longtime market patron’s still can look forward to a cup of coffee or tea at the Port Angeles and Sequim Farmers Markets, though Evans and team are taking the rest of the winter off from vending to focus on the tea house and wholesale clients.

For visitors who want to learn more about water-soluble plant compounds and the benefits of herbal tea, a visit to Goodness Tea will not disappoint.

Story Contacts:

Shaelee Evans, Owner, Goodness Tea  C: 360.670-1041 | E: shaelee@goodnesstea.com

Jacob Cravey, Business Advisor, Washington Coast Works C: 904.705-9925 |  E: jacob.cravey@cie-nw.org


East Aberdeen Community Farm Prepares for Launch

Congratulations to East Aberdeen Community Farm, a runner up winner in last year’s Coast Works sustainable small business competition, for fully deploying its $5,000 award. Award funding was used for fencing, drainage, raised beds and an irrigation system.

The neighborhood is buzzing with anticipation. Liz Ellis, one of the Farm’s founders, recounts recently meeting20160229_151622_resized_1a neighbor who lives a block or so from the Farm and walks the alley to get to the nearby bus stop – a high school senior in head start taking classes at the college who said that she and her mom would love to have a garden spot. “I think word of mouth will work just fine to generate enough gardeners to start with this Spring,” says Ellis.

“The impact of East Aberdeen Community Farm will go far beyond revenue and jobs,” says Mike Skinner, who helps administer the Coast Works competition. “It will demonstrate how entrepreneurship and small business can inspire and lead sustainable community wealth-building in our coastal communities.”

Coast Works 2016 launched last January and registration is currently open. To register, complete Enterprise for Equity’s Business Plan Training registration form at www.enterpriseforequity.org/intake/. Once you submit your registration form, a member of the Coast Works team will call you to discuss next steps. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, contact Enterprise for Equity by email at office@enterpriseforequity.org or by phone at (360) 704-3375. Contact the Coast Works team at info@wacoastworks.org if you have any questions or for more information about the competition.