We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor to the success of my business is going to sound cliché, it’s “listen to your gut”. As an entrepreneur you will encounter customers, mentors and others in your industry that will advise you; but ONLY YOU will know what you’re capable of. My Té company started by accident and I used my past culinary school experience to guide me in creating the tea blends. There were lots of things I wanted to do in the early stages of my business and I was told “it’s too early” or “you need more experience”. Because I don’t like being told “no” I researched and jumped into opportunities. Jumping into new situations helped me learn how to build a better business and be fearless when things don’t out.
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.
What sets TheTéSpa and myself as the owner apart from other brands is hard to tell for me. I don’t pay attention to other brands too much or what they’re doing. I don’t want to be overwhelmed with competition or ideas. Every item that you find on TheTéSpa website is an organically grown idea of mine. The work is difficult at times, because I’m a perfectionist and I want EVERYTHING to be awesome on the first attempt. But because entrepreneurship is new to me I have to learn to be patient with myself, do my research, make lots of mistakes, spend my own money, give away products and learn to take criticism. With all of these new lessons I also realized jumping right in is not a bad thing, you have to let go of “your fear” and take that leap of faith; it might be the best going you ever did. But you won’t know unless you jump.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my friend was visiting me for a week long vacation we’d eat lunch at ZaZ in Hyde Park. The food has an incredible West Indian influence the chef and staff are amazing. Because food is my love language most of my outings would involve going out to eat we’d also go to M&M BBQ and hang out on the patio at Dorchester Brewing Company. Because selfcare is important we’d pamper ourselves at BareSkin Beauty on Savin Hill with a manicure from Dani (IG @DaniNailz). We’d spend some time shopping other Black Entrepreneurs at Black Owned Bos (IG BlackOwnedBos) retail locations and also take in some of the more traditional tourist site is Boston.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to Shout-out all of the other Black Women entrepreneurs! They give me energy and the artistic push I need to keep going. I love when Black Women post on socialmedia, when I see them at pop-ups and when they open their brick and mortar spaces! These things inspire me every time to get up and keep going.
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