Arts Cafe & Quilter's Comfort teas, located at 725
West Kirkwood Avenue, 812-334-8155, in Bloomington, Indiana
opened on October 7th to what has been described as a
deliciously lovely evening! The air was filled with the
enchanting flute music of Bamboo Steve who sings and plays
over twenty primitive woodwind and percussion instruments
including panpipes, an ancient oboe, a bamboo saxophone,
a hollow log, a Native American Flute and bamboo flutes
from India, China, Japan and Sumatra.
The words café
and tea shop conjure up specific images in many peoples
minds. Some of the ideas may be true, some far from the
truth of "Patricia's Wellness Arts Café and
Quilter's Comfort Teas", owned by Patricia C. Coleman,
a local artist, writer, storyteller, peace activist and
entrepreneur. Her cafe offers blends of all these things
and more. In the Wellness Arts Cafe, on the menu are the
uniquely delicious varieties of Certified Organic Quilter's
Comfort teas (proprietary blends) and the newly release
tea syrups and soon to come tea jellies, herbs and herbal
seasonings and body care products for customers to enjoy.
menu items include herbal tea samplers, herbs as "Fat
Eights" and "Fat Quarters" in the language
of Quilt Makers(coming soon), arts and crafts by Joanne
Shank, Patricia C. Coleman, Cori Mitchell; Yuko Okumura,
Glenda Breeden, Rob Mills, Walt Schmidt, Mark Norden,
and others . New artist and craftspeople will join
the "Cafe" menu beginning in November. The
arts and crafts include paintings, greetings cards,
dolls of various sizes, meditation cushions, rawhide
rattles, Stone Amulet Necklaces, earrings, up-cycle
wool and cotton flannel hats, sweaters, origami bags,
handpainted quilts, silk and cotton clothing; Elastic
Brain Cooperative Eco Dye (Botanical Dye) upcycled
clothing and more; appointments for relaxing, pain
reducing Reconnective Healing, Reiki, Intuitive Movement
and other Energy Wellness practices, Green Lifestyle
Coaching, and more.
When asked about
the tea bar Patricia says, "The Wellness Arts Cafe
opened through the loving kindness of a many people. Some
parts of this unfolding seem almost dream like, and I
am grateful to many many hands, including those of Yuko
Okumura, now acting as Conductor of Operations. When asked
about the cafe serving tea, she answers, "
The tea bar vision
has evoled from its first intention as a cozy sit down
tea shop, then into a take out business serving teas,
small pastries and live foods to go, into a self-serve
tea tasting business where people can drop in and purchase
Quilter's Comfort teas and other products. "The expense
of transforming the current location didn't seem reasonable.",
says Patricia. She and Yuko in collaboration with others,
are developing plans that once actualized, will all them
to offer ther teas and other products directly to the
community. Sometime in the Spring of 2012, if not before,
is when they hope to offer new services.
Arts Cafe & Quilter's Comfort Teas presents many opportunities
on the "Cafe Menu" for the community to connect
and participate through classes, workshops and presentations
for individuals and small groups. When asked about Tea
Tasting Parties, she only says, " Let's see what
the New Year Brings!"
the "Cafe" has had a follow up interview with
BLOOM Magazine that is due to appear in its January/February
issue and we have been interviewed by Bloomingtononline.net.
The Hart Rock
Poetry Series and Open-mic is scheduled to re-open here
in January 2012 as are talks facilitated by Dave Parsons
Of Dasharound LLC and others.
Arts Cafe is now the home of the Indiana Holistic Health
Network, Local Food Bloomington (celebrating its 10th
year) and Green Dove Network, Inc.. The Indiana Holistic
Health Network is undergoing a major transformation and
currently is no longer posting free directoyr listings.
If interested in advertising, please contact email@example.com.
The open classroom
space and the Reiki Peace and Wellness office are available
for reservation by Presenters and Wellness Practitioners.
For more information, about the Café visit http://www.hartrock.net/cafe.htm
the Cafe Class, Workshop and Presentation Menue visit
information about Reiki and other wellness offerings visit
schedule your appointment call 812-334-8155
Comfort Interview in BLOOM Magazine and Release of New
We are now in
the last days of July. It has been a wild and unusual
month with temperatures rising up into the upper nineties,
and low hundreds and very little rain! A few days past
we did receive a brief break in temperatures on the tail
of some welcome and much needed rain. There is a field
I pass most of the times I travel into town and some years
I have seen them cut hay two, other times three times
by this time of year. This year they managed to get in
one cutting and because of the weather may be able to
get another. The grasses have been growing at an extremely
Things are progressing
with the business and I have been searching for a house
to move everything into. I have reconnected with Seed
Core (Small Business Administration) as I update my business
plan. Every reviewer (all randomly chosen) has responded
positively to the idea, and I have a few individual investors
for that reason. One investor came on board after reading
the Bloom Mag article. I am no longer shocked over the
rates for rental and purchase properties and though not
setting my sites low, am being creatively open to what
may be the perfect beginning place for my tea production
and possible beginnings of a tea cafe. I'd wanted to find
a place to rent with option to buy and park myself. Now
I am open to different possibilities about what may be
a place to establish and define my business, and be open
to knowing that when ready, I will go forward into something
long term. Tomorrow, I go to see two possible locations.
With June came
the release of All Ears and All Ears 2 - No Caffeine,
custom blended for the Unitarian Universalist Church of
Bloomington's Chalice Circles (Small Group Ministry) program
to support deep listening, is a success! At that time
I also released Orange Earl Green. Because of the interest
offering prepared tea (the Indiana Artisan Law makes it
possible to directly retail to customers), I participated
in a festival to give myself the opportunity to experience
how I would go about serving tea in public spaces and
how I might organize my products to offer ready made directly
to customers. This also created an opportunity to receive
great feedback on my products and presentation. In July
tasters gave QC the go ahead to release Chamomile HipHop.
All tea blends are available for retail purchase.
If you are in
Bloomington, Indiana, in addition to the above establishments,
you can find Quilter's Comfort teas on the menu at Player's
Pub, Roots on the Square, Rachael's Cafe and Max's Place.
Want to buy some to enjoy at home? Stop in the Players
Pub, Bloomingfoods Eastside or Downtown store (down the
alley off Kirkwood); or you can purchase teas directly
from me, by making an appointment to pick up your teas
from my Reiki Peace and Wellness Office.
this fall? Green Dove, blended with a mind toward peaceful
intentions and what for now are being referred to as the
Thank you for your purchases.