We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Mitchell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lauren, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m from Ohio, but some of my fondest memories are of visiting my grandmother in Virginia. My Grandma Lula, my dad’s mother, was a round lady standing 4’11” who baked everything from scratch. She woke up at sunrise to make homemade pancakes, fresh rolls, cakes, and cookies. One time she made a boxed cake and I immediately knew something was off. She thought she was making me a special treat but from that moment on I asked her to always make her homemade treats. Her baked goods made with real butter and premium ingredients could never be substituted. I loved her baked goods and wanted to learn how to make them but Grandma never measured anything. I spent every holiday with her in the kitchen learning her recipes and writing them down. Once my grandmother introduced me to baking, I started baking for friends and family at home to show my love and appreciation much like my grandmother did. It’s an honor to get to share a little bit of Lula with everyone that tastes my treats.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My business is Tea & Spoon. Tea & Spoon offers fresh baked goods, made with premium ingredients, delivered to your door. Tea + Spoon was inspired from my love for tea houses and baking. I smile every time I think of walking into a French tea house. They have a serene atmosphere, decadent desserts, and fragrant teas. After years of baking for friends and family, Tea + Spoon was born to share those experiences with others. The concept has evolved over the years. The concept started as a casual tea house, bakery, and restaurant. The restaurant concept required a lot of capital that would take a while to generate, but I wanted to get started. So, I started selling my cookies online to develop a following. Since then the brand has evolved to a baked goods delivery concept. I hope to expand the menu and open a brick and mortar in the future. Until then, I love sharing my gift with everyone that orders a box gift wrapped in purple ribbon
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When people come to visit Houston, our tour is normally centered around food. There are so many restaurants that serve amazing food in Houston that they must experience the highlights. The first stop is always BBQ for some moist brisket, fajitas from El Tiempo, spicy Szechuan chicken cubes from Mala, street tacos from the food truck on Alabama Street ( I don’t know the name but I can tell you how to get there), crawfish from Boilhouse, Gus’s fried chicken, and a crabcake from Eddie V’s. On Sunday I would have to take them to experience Sunday Funday at Migos and Mimosas. The next stop on our itinerary would be to do some shopping at the Galleria and River Oaks District. Houston weather is normally nice so I take friends to do outdoor activities such as visiting a brewery, a festival, or watch a movie at discovery green. I love when family and friends come to visit. I get to eat great and experience the city like a tourist.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that have been so supportive of my business. Friends have ordered dozens of cookies and I cannot thank them enough. One individual I want to dedicate this Shoutout to is my husband, Arnett. He is my website architect, sous chef, cookie deliverer, photographer, operations manager and anything else I need him to be. I have some crazy ideas and he is always there asking, “What do you need me to do?” Thank you, Arnett, for being committed to making my dreams a reality.
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