In its infancy, Burdett’s Tea Shop was open from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., serving lunch and afternoon tea. But it quickly became apparent that residents of the agrarian county were not going to have tea at the typical time. “They were just too busy getting ready for supper,” explains Sandy. “So we refined our hours.” Opening at 11:00 a.m. and closing at 2:30 p.m. made better financial sense for the then-fledgling tea business and has served it well for the past 15 years.
Drinking hot tea was another thing unfamiliar to many residents of the area. “We started out with a wide variety of Twinings tea in bags to get them used to it because I didn’t think that rural Robertson County was ready for loose tea.” But that has changed, says Sandy.