Our Story

chandelier made from tea cups

Why We Chose the Orange Mound Community

Orange Mound is the oldest African American Community in America. In 1895, a portion of the land from the vast Dederick Plantation was sliced into narrow lots and sold to African Americans for a small sum. Houses were constructed by the same men who had built the finest homes in Memphis, and the neighborhood was complete in every respect with schools, churches, businesses, a library, a fire station, and parks.

Making a House a Home

The house which serves as an office and as a place of refuge for our ladies was built in 1902 and stands stoically on the corner of Semmes and Carnes in the heart of the Orange Mound community. At My Cup of Tea, women from the community who have limited knowledge and marginal exposure to home economics, parenting models, and employment are taught valuable life skills such as, job readiness, cooking, sewing, gardening, and other domestic skills. 

My Cup of Tea at The House of Orange Mound exists to stabilize and edify our women–Orange Mound employees who provide excellent teas for tea enthusiasts. We are dedicated to the renaissance of historic Orange Mound, the recovery of neighborhood hope, and the reality of respect each of our courageous employees have earned.

women working in a garden

Cultivating Community, One Tea Leaf at a Time

At My Cup of Tea, our mission isn’t just to provide women in our community with employment; our goal is to provide them with the tools they need to thrive financially, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We provide financial workshops, adult education assistance, Bible studies, and other programs to equip and empower our team and our community to thrive.

Many of the teas and flavors you’ll find in our shop are created with teas and fruits grown right here in our garden in the heart of Orange Mound. Gardening is a vital part of our business, but it also provides an opportunity for individuals to enjoy cultivating a living organism that brings beauty and sustenance into the world. Our garden is also the location of many heartfelt conversations among friends. Many of our women have experienced difficult situations and life circumstances. A garden provides the perfect opportunity to speak to the fruits of the spirit and cultivating a life well-lived..

When an individual becomes part of our home, she also learns a number of valuable skills, like cooking, sewing, gardening, and other activities that play a role in our ability to create truly handmade local items that are sustainable and support our mission. Here’s a look at a few of the accomplishments our wonderful team has tackled.

women sewing

Sewing & Embroidery

In addition to tea, we also offer tea cozies, tea towels, and aprons for sale, all of which are sewn and embroidered here in Orange Mound. For our ladies, sewing and embroidering provide an opportunity to not only create unique, locally-made products for sale in our store, but it also serves as a creative outlet. Each fall, Christmas, and Easter, our ladies create new seasonal items that make the perfect gift or decorative item for your home. 


Wig Shop

One of our newest ventures is an onsite wig shop that offers an opportunity for some of our ladies who are passionate about cosmetology to share their skills with our community here in Orange Mound. We welcome ladies to visit our wig shop for quality hair care and a friendly face!


Laundry Service

Do you dream of having your laundry washed, dried, and folded for you? Dream no more! Our ladies also provide a laundry service. In addition to saving time for busy moms and families, the laundry service allows us to serve those in Orange Mound who do not have access to laundry facilities at home or an affordable laundromat nearby. If you are interested in having your laundry cared for by our ladies, please get in touch. This service allows us to provide more opportunities and income for our wonderful women. 


Furniture Refurbishing

Do you have a chair in need of reupholstering? A wood furniture piece that needs sanding and refinishing? In addition to their gardening, sewing, cooking, and cosmetology skills, our ladies have helped complete some phenomenal restoration projects for individuals wanting to provide a facelift for their home or office decor. 



Our Stories
  • Deborah Tuesday, September 8, 2020
    Deborah is an accomplished seamstress at My Cup of Tea. Meticulous stitching and eye-catching patterns characterize Deborah’s masterpieces. Tea cozies, aprons, tea towels and her latest creatio...
  • Bretta Thursday, August 6, 2020
    Some of our customers and supporters already know Bretta from her short video clips, “Tea Tips.” But like all of the women who work at My Cup of Tea, Bretta is a complex and extraordinary ...
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