Awards flow after just six months

JUST six months after opening a tea bar in Maryborough, Jason Loft has bagged himself a state award.

Pop-In Teas in Bazaar Street was recently named as the 2009 Queensland State Winner for Specialised Retail Small Business, hosted by Precedent Productions.

The 18-year-old entrepreneur opened Pop-in Teas on June 1, the name derived from Mary Poppins, whose author Pamela Travers was born in Maryborough.

Jason didn’t come into the business cold, however. Having sold tea at markets during high school, he resurrected his grandfather’s teapot strainer business and ran leaf tea sales online before launching his tea bar.

Forty-four varieties, ranging from black teas to green, herbal and health teas, are on the shelves at Pop-in Teas. The health teas include varieties that aid digestion, weight loss and sleep. The Vitamin C tea fights colds.



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