The best experiences, at least for me, are the ones that are unplanned. We are now into autumn and as tough as that can be for myself and others, I still try to find the positives. And I think discovering a new place for tea drinking more than qualifies!
Last week I was in Arlington, VA and did some random driving and sightseeing. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular. Maybe I would find something fun to eat or drink. I might discover a store that would tickle my fancy. Without trying too hard, I found one with all of the above.
Trade Roots is located in the more laid-back and less frenetic part of the town, Westover. And the store has a very positive and uplifting energy emanating, as soon as you walk in the door. Even the outside signage made me feel something endearing.
I’ve driven through this part of town many times and never thought to stop. I almost passed through again. For whatever reason, either to write about this place, or something bigger, I was meant to stop in. I’m grateful I did. I want to give this place the proper credit it deserves.
The store represents the best in honoring what fair trade and giving back is all about. I would have stayed longer if I could. I also would have seen my checking account depleted. There were so many wonderful things available to purchase. And many of those items can also be procured online!
And to do my part, I bought an incredible cup of tea and some fantastic cinnamon-pecan granola bites!
I ordered a chamomile. But not just any chamomile. This was a German one. You could say this is in honor of all the Oktoberfest celebrations that are happening and will be occurring all over the place soon. But this drink raised my spirits up but without any potential hangover on the horizon.
Honesty, I did taste a difference in contrast to the traditional ones I’ve had before. I couldn’t place my finger on the why or the how. But it made me feel so good.
Originally I purchased this to go. But after surveying the area, I thought what is the rush. So I grabbed a seat on a bench and enjoyed myself. Actually I was the only one around so I really did enjoy my own company.
I didn’t have a plate so I used the lid for my snacks. And any crumbs that were leftover I added to my tea. How cool is that? Ha.
I wish I had taken more photos but all this entails is that I must come back before the year is out. Besides taking in my surroundings and a few snapshots, I relaxed for a good 30-plus minutes. There was a sense of ease in me that I can attribute to my tea, my environment, and how good I must have been feeling at the time.
Imagine feeling like that all the time! Yes please!
There are a few seats inside but the weather was too good to be anywhere but here. For those few minutes, I was meant to be spiritually in tune with things and with nature. I think I succeeded.
If you’re in the vicinity, I highly suggest visiting this shoppe. The folks inside were great. Everything was great.
More to come.