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  • Chocolate Chai Latte at Tea Lounge – AM New York AM NEW YORK, October 23 – Chocolate chai had a short-lived run with the green mermaid, but the chocolate chai at this cozy Park Slope cafe is a staple. All of their special lattes are available with a shot of Kahlua or Baileys if you really want to add some holiday spirit…Read More>>
  • NYC’s Best Coffee Shops With Free WiFi Whether you like espresso, a cappuccino or a soy chocolate iced mocha, New York City has just the coffee shop for you. But finding great coffee, a laptop-friendly policy with fast Internet, and a few hours of productivity is a rare combo. Read more »
  • World Tea News: Tea Lounge Franchise Opens in Kuwait KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait – A dozen years thriving in a New York City neighborhood affirms Jonathan Spiel’s vision that a local tea and coffee shop helps establish a sense of community. Kuwait entrepreneur Mohammed Al-Arbash was so impressed he asked if Spiel could export his concept. Tea Lounge accepted the challenge and opened an 800 ...
  • Brooklyn Magazine: 10 of The Best Places To Write in Brooklyn member the first time I came to this place, when a friend who had just moved to the city for graduate school dragged me here with lots of wide-eyed hyperbole about how he’d found the greatest place ever with the nicest people and the best food to work on whatever it was he was working ...
  • World Tea News highlights Tea Lounge franchise effort “This idea of creating a community-based environment in a cafe felt very appealing to me. It had to be a place where people could feel at home. I have tasked my employees with building these relationships that will support the community so in turn, the community will support us,” Spiel explained. Read more »
  • Tea Lounge Franchise featured in New York Times and International Herald Tribute After twelve years of running two small, organic tea shops in the New York borough of Brooklyn, Jonathan Spiel had to close one down when his landlord increased the rent in 2009. Facing that setback, Mr. Spiel decided to look into selling Tea Lounge franchises to expand into new markets and keep his business going. The ...
  • Tea Lounge in Crain’s New York Tea Lounge blends into Kuwaiti culture, which emphasizes gathering over tea and whose per-capita income is the world’s fifth highest. “It’s a booming economy,” Mr. Spiel said. “It’s a very social culture, which fits in great with my concept.” That concept is part café, part bar and part live-music venue. Mr. Spiel said the Kuwait outpost’s ...
  • Four New Yorkers offer advice on how to start your own business Becoming a franchise owner is hard work—in addition to learning about the company you’re working with, the process involves communicating with customers, running numbers, publicity and everything in between. But, Spiel notes, there are perks: “All the legwork—from concept to implementation—is already done for you.” Read more &raquo
  • Tea Lounge to expand to Middle East “I went through all the café franchises,” said Jonathan Spiel, Tea Lounge’s owner. “There’s nothing else like this, that has the café/entertainment/bar feature.” Now he has decided to turn Tea Lounge into a franchise and recently signed a deal with his first franchisee, a Kuwaiti businessman named Mohammed al Arbash who plans to open his first ...
  • Burger-Loving Kuwait Becomes Oasis For U.S. Franchises: Retail How does a Brooklyn lounge that boasts a bar and is popular with nursing mothers become a winning concept in an Arab country where alcohol is banned and women must be modest? “It’s a tea culture, yet there are no tea places,” said Spiel. While that’s not technically true, the desert state does have two things Brooklyn ...
  • Tea Lounge expanding to the Middle East The region also has robust consumer culture, said Jonathan Spiel, owner of Tea Lounge in Brooklyn, N.Y., whose first franchised agreement will cover not the United States but Kuwait. “It’s a very social culture, and going to malls and socializing is a big part of their day,” Spiel said. “Because of that, the malls there are ...
  • Tea Lounge CEO on hiring and firing For Jonathan Spiel, CEO of the Tea Lounge, all hires need to “play well with others.” Spiel said he often looks for people with ‘big heads’ when hiring, a term he uses to describe a person who takes their own initiative without being told to do so. Read More »
  • Park Slope’s Tea Lounge may become international chain The Tea Lounge — the neighborhood’s longtime home for laptop-clacking writers and mommy meet-up groups — will become a chain with in-the-works franchise locations under consideration in Long Island, Virginia, and Kuwait, said owner Jonathan Spiel. Read More »
  • Bars Where Your Laptop Goes Down Smooth Ok, so it’s not a bar for most of the day. But the prize for size goes to Tea Lounge; its spaciousness makes you even more glad you don’t work in a cubicle. (In fact, the place is so big that it hosted a big-band showcase two years ago.) Full of tables, chairs and sofas ...
  • Can a Sense of Community Be Duplicated? What it really comes down to is tapping into Speil’s experience in opening and closing businesses. “There’s the Franchise fee,” he explained. “There are capital costs. But really, if you are going to get into the restaurant business, you need to learn how to not get screwed by a plumber, or to not spend thousands ...
  • Tea Lounge in Nylon Magazine JAPAN Read More
  • Tea Lounge in the Wall Street Journal “Cafe’s Modesty Is Offensive to Some” Read more
  • Tea Lounge in Conde Nast Traveler “This coffee shop is large but feels neighborly and intimate. In its warm semi-darkness, surrounded by local artwork, everyone from freelancers to toddlers and nannies seems to get along. The food is heavy on hummus and veggies (837 Union St.).” Read more
  • Downbeat Magazine Highlights the Tea Lounge “With a crowd of regulars and casual vibe, Tea Lounge has become a congenial home for the progressive big band community” Read more from the January 2012 issue: Article Issue Cover
  • Brooklyn Based Calls Tea Lounge The “Taj Mahal of Coffices” Tea Lounge has everything. It belongs in the coffice hall of fame along with Breukelen and Outpost. Read more
  • Tea Lounge named one of top 10 coffee shops in NYC “From the exterior, Tea Lounge looks like another crammed cafe. Its sheer size will slap you in the face upon entry. Imagine a funky Brooklyn living room, now multiply it by 5, add both a coffee bar, wine bar, performance stage and art gallery and you will begin to understand all that is Tea Lounge.” Read ...
  • Fresh Cup Magazine review
  • TimeOutNY Holiday Bars TeaLounge featured in TimeOutNY magazine.
  • The New York Times At the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn, when members run afoul of the work requirements, suspension and shame often result. “…Ms. Colic confided as she sipped blueberry tea one day this summer at the Tea Lounge in Park Slope. “Look, you can see the sign from here,” she said, despondent, pointing to the neon green ...
  • Zagat “ You can ‘hang for hours’ at Park Slope’s ‘funky’ teahouse twins, where the ‘relaxed vibe’, ‘comfy sofas’ and ‘huge variety’ of ‘high quality’ teas and ‘very good coffee’ have made it a popular destination for ‘laptop-toters, job-hunters’ and ‘hip moms and kids’ by day, and ‘handsome locals (who appreciate the ’great wine and beer ...