Two sisters own a tea shop in Dallas, but they’re riding out the coronavirus pandemic in South Korea
By Narda Pérez / 10:22 AM on May 19, 2020
When Jahee and Minji Son opened their artisanal tea shop last year, they didn’t know they’d have to temporarily close their storefront just months into their new business venture.
The sister duo opened Teasom in December because they’re both passionate about tea and bringing people together, which is what their storefront in West Village aims to do. Growing up in South Korea, there was always tea in their house, no matter what time of day it was, they said.
“Our mom always had a pitcher of iced tea in the fridge. Every single day,” Minji Son said.
This is what led Minji to become a tea sommelier. Combine that with Jahee’s background in culinary and hospitality, and Teasom was born.
But just four months after opening up their dream tea shop, the coronavirus made its way to Dallas.
On March 12, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins put restrictions on all social gatherings in order to help flatten the curve of coronavirus cases. And on March 22, Dallas County residents started Jenkins’ stay-at-home order that officially expired May 15.
In April, the Son sisters left their homes in Dallas and flew to Seoul, South Korea, to be with their family after their grandmother’s death. That’s when they also decided to close their Teasom storefront.
“We wanted to make sure our employees were safe,” Minji Son said.
Teasom runs a small operation, with about five employees, including the Son sisters. If anyone in the tea shop got sick with the novel coronavirus, it could severely affect the rest of the team, Minji Son said.
Originally the Son sisters were going to return to the states sooner rather than later, but when they saw the number of coronaviruses cases rising in Dallas, they decided to stay put in Seoul.
Located in: West Village
Address: 3699 McKinney Ave #510, Dallas, TX 75204
Phone: (214) 519-9397