We had the good fortune of connecting with Alivia Lloyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alivia, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
This business helps the community by providing them with resources such as Tea, Natural Products, Holistic herbs, and vegan food options. We like to promote natural self healing which is not only a trend but a true remedy to life. There is a community of over looked people who have a passion for self awareness. We like to call this tribe of collective minds our Communi’Tea.
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.
Being a graphic designer for 9+ years and helping people brand their business helped me strengthen my capabilities for when I opened a business of my own. I design all of our branding and marketing materials for social media platforms. I feel it’s what sets this business apart from others. It’s unique and still learning itself, but it’s definitely branded with mind, body, and spirit in mind, from the colors to the name. Sum’Mo is a southern slang term for “some more”. My Grandmother, like many in down south Georgia, always told us to get sum’mo food or sum’mo tea. Although, tea in the south is normally just sweet black tea, we take black tea and make lattes along with many other herbs and botanicals. We provide loose leaf herbal tea and also have Speacial’Tea Lattes such as Rose Tea and many more. We are excited that our community have been very supportive of our journey.
The logo is a Hamsa Hand that represents protection and also self awareness which is important. We promote to our customer base to be that in or community. We protect them and they protect us. With that being said, we now offer vegan plant based options during lunch and we look forward in growing in that area so that we may provide resources to fit that lifestyle that many Americans live.
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 first thank God for giving life to me. I’m thankful for the freedom to vision and accomplish dreams that comes to me. I would like to thank my mother, whom was unaware of the seed she planted. My mother opened a business while I was young and instilled business knowledge in me, that then motivated me to work for myself. She is why I am passionate about providing a service or product to the community, that lead me to find the most humble place on earth. I would like to give a huge shoutout to my husband for sticking by my side on this ride. Him putting up with my long nights and early mornings researching and constant talks of “what if’s”, you the real MVP! All the Holidays I switched out gifts and trips in exchange for business investments. I’m sorry for not allowing you to upgrade my ring, but I know you understood the humility it took. Last but not least, will it be arrogant to thank myself?… I love me, and I’m so happy for me. We live in a time where you can’t say “I” But look Mama, I Made it! Thank you.
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