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Tea Time with Hale Tea Co.

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Tea Time with Hale Tea Co.

Hale Tea Company was brought to Savannah, Georgia by the Hale family in 1989, from London, England where they started a tea shop that dates back to 1872. Meg, a local SCAD graduate, is now the owner and operator of the company and she’s determined to continue its beautiful legacy. No doubt you’ve seen boxes and tins of Hale Tea at a variety of shops in town, and the herbal remedies collection is sold at Hygge.

Meg shared with me a bit about what she’s learned from both her own research and the institutional knowledge passed down to her by the Hale family.  Whether you prefer hot or iced, caffeinated or decaf, we hope you can add ‘enjoyment of tea’ to your regular rituals and self-care to-do list.

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A Hygge Weekend: Asheville, North Carolina

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A Hygge Weekend: Asheville, North Carolina

One awesome paradigm shift we’ve noticed, especially this past year, is how supportive we all are of each other taking breaks and setting boundaries.  I think we collectively got to a place of exhaustion and burnout, and we hope that this is a turning point towards a new trend. 

Our favorite self-care activity is simply to take time away from your phone and do as the Japanese call, forest bathing (shinrin-yoku). When we posted that we were headed to the mountains for the weekend, and asked for suggestions for Asheville, North Carolina, ya’ll showed up big time.

So, we compiled the highlights of this funky mountain town just under five hours from Savannah. Drop us a note in the comments section if there’s a “must-see or do” that we might have missed!

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Our May Reads for Mental Health Month

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Our May Reads for Mental Health Month

Books are great tools for learning about mental health, and reading is scientifically proven to increase our level of empathy towards one another. It gives us a window into the lives of others. Hygge Savannah is taking time to acknowledge May as mental health awareness month.

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Artist Feature: Ana Maria Leonardi, Mother's Day Edition

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Artist Feature: Ana Maria Leonardi, Mother's Day Edition

Our “shop mom”, Ana Maria Leonardi, keeps so many things going behind the scenes at Hygge Savannah. Inspiration from her is hidden in plain sight throughout the shop, whether you’ve noticed or not. We asked Mama Leonardi a few questions before this mother’s day about her creative process, what she does for her mental wellbeing and of course, motherhood. She answered in her native language, Spanish, and so we kept the integrity of her answers here, with loose translations to English.

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Thoughts From A Bed: Mental Health Awareness

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Thoughts From A Bed: Mental Health Awareness

It’s about to get real. Real talk or “deep talk”--as Jessica Pan refers to in her recent novel, Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come--is a staple of Danish and Hygge culture.  All the pleasantries are nice, but you usually don’t need to talk about the weather and everyone in the family is doing fine.  We are all about getting real and slowing it way down at Hygge Savannah.  In the spirit of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, there’s no better time to dive right in. 

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