We are excited to announce the latest recipient of a loan through our Local Producer Loan Program opens in a new tab: Townshend's Tea Company ! Townshend's is the first loan recipient in Oregon, where they were recently featured in The Oregonian opens in a new tab. Matt Thomas is the owner of Townshend's, which has two teahouses, one in Portland and one in Bend. In addition to his sales at the teahouses, he has been selling tea at our area stores since 2008.
The Local Producer Loan will help Townshend's with its expansion plans, providing funding for new equipment, a larger production facility, and additional warehouse space in Portland. For those of you who love kombucha, you'll be happy to know that the loan is specifically going to support the expansion of Townshend's line of Brew Dr. Kombucha opens in a new tab. Handcrafted in small batches with organic ingredients, Brew Dr. is available in four flavors: Nutritonic, Superberry, White Rose and Clear Mind. Brew Dr. is even available on tap at our Fremont and Pearl District stores in Portland! Wow!!! A terrific example of a local producer, Matt started selling his tea in the Bend Whole Foods Market store and now has his product in all of our Oregon stores. We are proud to support this great producer!