We had the good fortune of connecting with Kimberly Richardson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kimberly, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
The idea for my tea company (Viridian Tea Company) came from my books. Tea and books always seemed to go well together and I was somewhat new on my own path involving tea. One day, I wondered – what if I created tea blends inspired by my books? My first blend, Goth Librarian, was inspired by my first published book and it did rather well. Soon, my sources of inspiration expanded to other books, art, science, and music and to date, I have about 40 blends of tea in my company. I also have over 10 books published with many more in the works, so I know there will be more tea blends in my company’s future.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Ever since I was a young girl, I knew I wanted to be a writer. In fact, the first stories I wrote were about a little girl named Indiana Kim who would locate hidden treasures and fight bad guys! My imagination always spilled over into reality and I wanted to share those ideas with others in the form of books and later, tea. My books range in genre from dark fantasy to murder mystery to poetry to literary to “adult” to everything in between – I love to tell stories. My tea blends are inspired by books written by either me or my friends, art, music, and science, plus my own meditation/spiritual path. I left the corporate world in 2019 and decided to become self employed through my tea company. I had many ups and downs, especially involving money, yet I always figured out a solution. A motto that I follow is: “work smarter, not harder”. When I set that quote into my life, everything changed for the better. In moving to Colorado from New Orleans, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Yet, in being creative and authentic, I have found Colorado to be a welcoming place for creatives. Between my published books and my tea company (Viridian Tea Company), I am at peace.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The first place I would take my friend to would be Mutiny Information Cafe on Broadway! They have a plethora of coffee and tea drinks, plus books, comics, music, and anything else under the sun! After spending some time there, I would then take my friend to Twin Dragon Chinese Restaurant for a lovely and quiet meal. Other places I would highly recommend would be the Broadway Book Mall, Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Garden, Tattered Cover Bookstore (any location!), and Union Station downtown. Finally, you can’t go wrong with the Denver Zoo and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shoutout to the following: ProSe Productions, James W. Bullard V, World Tea Academy, Kaiti McCloud, Cathe Smith, SueAnne Sopko Gill, Jenny Duggan, Suzette Hammond of Being Tea, Jen Mulvihill, Donald Schermerhorn, Sorella Smith, Aine Huff, Brian Held Jr. (deceased), Tanya Peninger, and many more – the list is too long.

Website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ViridianTeaCompany

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/viridiangirl/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-richardson-90b682175/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPs1aXrY1iSqKJBNPpT4itQ

Other: Eccentric Tea Woman: https://eccentricteawoman.blogspot.com/

Image Credits
Kimberly B. Richardson, took all of the photos.

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