Interview with Friday Afternoon Tea

006 – Blending the Perfect Tea Shop with Friday of Friday Afternoon Tea


It is Episode 6 of Roll Play Grow, the podcast for tabletop role play gaming entrepreneurs, creators, and fans.

Today’s guest is the amazing Friday Elliot of Friday Afternoon Tea. Friday has been blending teas and selling them online for over 10 years, and she recently opened a brick and mortar location. Her blends are truly unique and special, because of a superpower she tells us about at the beginning of the episode. Friday creates blends that are based off a huge swath of nerd culture, including Critical Role characters, tv show characters, books, music, and more. Honestly, y’all, there is SO MUCH good content packed in today’s episode, and Friday is a truly delightful person. She talks about everything from running an online storefront to failing at kickstarter and then adapting to succeed on the next attempt, hiring staff, building community, and a whole lot more. I know I shouldn’t pick favorites, but this is honestly one of my favorite episodes, and I know you’re going to want to be best friends with Friday afterward, just like I do.

If you’ve been hanging out for a bit, you know that before we dive in, I’m going to give a quick shout out to one of my favorite dice companies: Dice Envy. I interviewed David, their founder, in episode 1 and we learned about all sorts of goodies that are coming this year. If you’re in the market for some dice, I highly recommend you check them out and when you fall in love with their selection, use code lightheartadv to get 10% off your order! You’ll get amazing dice, support a small company, and help support this podcast.

I’m also excited to share that we’re now affiliates for Friday Afternoon Tea as well! So while you listen to this episode, take a moment to go peruse her selection and once you find what you like, that same discount code, Lightheartadv will get you 10% off your order. Check it out here. 

Now sit back and get ready to laugh a lot and learn even more from Friday.

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Time Stamps

  • 00:00:00 Introduction
  • 00:02:12 Friday Introduction
  • 00:09:31 Specializing in fandom based tea blends
  • 00:12:16 How did you learn to blend teas
  • 00:15:34 Sourcing tea leaves
  • 00:20:19 How did you go from liking tea to starting a business?
  • 00:26:13 How Friday’s product offerings changed over time
  • 00:30:06 Selling at conventions
  • 00:35:18 What Friday learned about Kickstarter
  • 00:44:03 What has been the most challenging part?
  • 00:46:24 Hiring a team
  • 00:49:35 How did you pivot when Covid hit?
  • 00:55:35 Do you have any upcoming projects
  • 00:57:35 Where can people find you?
  • 00:58:45 Wrap-up

Find Friday and Friday Afternoon Tea at:

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  • Friday Afternoon Tea
  • Grab a cup of tea with blends based on your favorite nerdy series. Use lightheartadv for 10% off your order
  • Dice Envy
    Dice Envy creates beautiful dice in a variety of materials. Use lightheartadv for 10% off your order
  • Found Familiar
    Delicious coffee meets Dungeons & Dragons artwork. Use code lightheartadv for 10% off your order.

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