BENJAMIN PRIEBE The Standard
UXBRIDGE: There's something brewing in Uxbridge, with the launch of The Barn Owl Tea Co. by a local husband and wife duo.
Ethan and Sara Zon, fresh from their official launch at the Highlands of Durham Games, embarked on their largely web-based endeavour to provide customers with affordable, fine, loose-leaf teas.
The Zons, along with their 16-month-old daughter, have a longstanding love of fine teas, and decided to turn their hobby into a business venture, making their taste available to all, minus the white gloves and fancy atitude.
"My wife's family are all tea-drinkers," said Ethan. "In their house, tea is the crux of every meal and every conversation - it goes nicely with my background in wine-tasting, we both know how to appreciate an excellent cup of tea."
While they hope to grow into a storefront in the future, the Zon family is offering their wares on-line at www.BarnOwlTea.com, and is hoping to become known in the local community, as they live on Church St. in Uxbridge.
The site features more than 24 unique varieties of tea, hand picked and tasted by Ethan and Sara.
"We literally drank hundreds of cups of tea and spent weeks finding the right suppliers, with the quality we wanted for our customers," said Ethan.
Hoping to dispel the mysterious perception of loose leaf tea, the couple has made easy to understand tasting and brewing notes for each and every tea.
"We've got strong black teas for breakfast, delicate green and white teas for serving cold, flavourful teas for bartending or cooking - there's no limit to how people can use our tea," said Ethan.
Visit www.BarnOwlTea.com and use coupon code BOTGO10, for a ten-per cent discount until August 31.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Stock up on napkins, because Ribfest is returning to Elgin Park this weekend for three days of mouth-watering barbeque.
The event runs through the weekend, with gates opening at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19. On Saturday, the festivities continue from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., with the event wrapping up on Sunday, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
This year, attendees can chose from four great ribbers offering an array of barbeque styles: Horndogs, Crabbys, Texas Rangers and Sticky Fingers.
In addition to the great food, there will also be entertainment throughout the weekend at the Rotary Bandshell, along with a beer garden. As well, Astro Amusements will be on hand to provide activities for children throughout the weekend.
New this year is an out of this world attraction as Ben Davidson brings his mobile observatory to Elgin Park. This interactive display offers interactive education on the solar system and the science behind how the sun affects our weather – from hurricanes to power outages!
Admission to Ribfest is free, and attendees can visit www.uxbridgeribfest.com for more information.