Sipping Tea at Peaceful Parlour

Before Thanksgiving the Network of Entrepreneurial Women gathered in Geneva for a lovely afternoon of chatting, tea-sipping and getting to know each other.


Members from the neighborhood as well as Winfield, the O’Hare area, Elgin, St. Charles, Barrington, Hyde Park, Evanston and Downers Grove introduced their respective businesses.


We sampled the delicious teas and chais at Peaceful Parlour, which was in full swing preparing for Small Business Saturday.


The eco-chic boutique has stocked up on all kinds of environmentally friendly and locally sourced holiday gifts.


So when you are strolling down third street in Geneva, step on down into this cozy store and warm yourself with a cup of tea.


The store holds whimsy and calm for the spirit.


I enjoyed taking home a delicious special blend with Dandelion leaves, which I complemented with some goodies from The Sugar Path.


Due to the holidays we won’t be meeting in person in 2014, but we have plenty of locations in mind to gather every 2nd Wednesday and every 4th Thursday of the month next year.


Photos copyright NetworkHoncho and Maike’s Marvels.


NEW – The Network of Entrepreneurial Women is a group of Chicagoland business women who are upgrading business networking with fun and creative events that inspire attendees to work together, refer each other and most of all cheer each other on as the membership succeeds. Events rotate around various suburbs on a semimonthly basis, usually the 2nd Wednesday and 4th Thursday of the month. RSVP for our upcoming events at Meetup, or like us on Facebook and check up on the calendar there.


Warming up with Tea in Geneva

“We each have gifts and we should explore them.”
~ Flying for Hope

Last week a few fired up ladies braved the cold to warm up to tea, entrepreneurial inspiration, and some ecochic shopping at NEW’s Tea Women and Wellness event.


Our energetic attendees included holistic wellness experts, charity founders, storefront managers and technological innovators.


Shari Ralish introduced us to three of her favorite blends: Smokey Chai, Peaceful Synergy and Romance. We also had snacks to complement the teas.



As we gathered in the circle, we learned how each woman reinvented herself from a wide variety of backgrounds, and were inspired by the vast amount of ideas and occupations in the room.


“It was very inspiring
to hear of all of the new business adventures taking off.
I was also very impressed with all of the women
who braved the cold and showed up ready to talk business and network.
Very professional.”

~ Peaceful Parlour


Of course we couldn’t resist shopping Shari’s fabulous eco-friendly, locally bought and fair trade products, which includes children’s toys that don’t require batteries, earth friendly home goods and decor, and energy clearing items.


With National Hot Tea Month in full swing, the tea accessories were abundant as well, including the hand-blended teas to fill them with.


Shari also offers energy healing workshops, such as Feng Shui for Romance on February 9, followed by a Downton Abbey inspired Jewelry Show that day, Animal Communication on March 22, Crystal Singing Bowls on April 22 and regular psychic medium readings.


It was a wonderful evening filled with numerous dates for future connections, and we look forward to our next Meet & Munch on February 12.


Hats were not required for this tea party, but the ones in Peaceful Parlour are quite adorable.


“Memorable experiences are
when you go to places that are different from the rest.”

~ Geneva Smiles


Photos by Maike’s Marvels and