UniTea Tea Room
UniTea’s mission is to create a healthier community one cup at a time by offering only the highest quality organic and fair-trade tea products at reasonable prices. Friendly, knowledgeable staff are versed in UniTea’s various teas and love to help educate customers about the countless health benefits of loose tea. UniTea Tea Room is also fully licensed and offers a full lunch menu with delicious lunch specials offered daily.
But UniTea is more than just a tea room: it’s a place to learn, gather, play, relax or just connect with friends and neighbours. UniTea hosts regular Tea Tasting Workshops so customers can learn more about the origins of particular teas and their various historical roles. There will also be events and services focused towards kids and moms, youth and seniors. Weekly Community Games Nights encourage locals to come together for a casual evening of board games. They are coordinated events where customers can expect to find new friends and players and are invited bring along their own game to share during the event.
Monthly Entertainment Nights feature everything from classical, jazz to acoustic roots, blues and world music, poetry readings and open mic nights. UniTea’s walls are often used as an art gallery and from time to time there will be an artist in residence.
Meet Nadine Davenport
Meet Nadine Davenport
Nadine Davenport was a musician who had toured and played in venues throughout BC and it was a gig in Ashcroft that introduced her to the town for the first time. Although she had grown up in BC, she never realized before that there was a desert here. She was mesmerized by the natural surroundings and felt drawn to the strong arts community. So when she decided to leave her hometown of Vancouver in pursuit of a slower pace and healthier lifestyle, she chose Ashcroft.
Nadine had always been a self-starter with a passion for getting things going from the ground up. In Vancouver she had been a driving force behind a group of women musicians and songwriters called "Girls with Guitars." In Ashcroft she was working behind the scenes of the Opera House. She always had the desire to start a business, but for a long time she didn't know what kind of business. She had a passion for connecting groups of people and bringing them together around a common interest, and during her first years in Ashcroft she began to envision a space where such interactions could take place. She also wanted to focus on health and wellness, in keeping with the town's own vision of a healthy community. Years of dreaming and planning led her to develop the concept for UniTea, and she finally opened its doors in 2014.
Nadine feels gratified when people come into UniTea and tell her how much they love the space and the tea. "People call it their 'oasis,'" says Nadine. Nadine is also thrilled to have such an amazing and capable staff who are as committed as she is to health and wellness. In fact, Nadine notes, two of them are vegetarians and have been instrumental in educating her about the benefits of a vegetarian diet. UniTea has been warmly embraced by the community, and this makes all the hard work involved in getting the business started worthwhile.