He made mingling – and lingering – profitable! Learn how a great-grandmother’s family ritual inspired a unique chain of no-hurry / no-worry tea lounges.
What they do:
Operate Tea Lounges in San Francisco.
A samovar is a Russian tea urn that’s a big part of the social life in Eastern Europe. It was Jesse Jacobs’ dream to recreate childhood memories with a tearoom that provided intimate, tranquil spaces.
About the business:
In 2001 Jacobs opened the Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco. With a zen-like look and feel including natural bamboo and intimate seating, it was so successful he opened Samovar Tea Lounges in two other San Francisco neighborhoods. Recent sales: $3 million