We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Papescu and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Offer to my clients an experience that I would love to receive myself. For that I must find key collaborators, that are excellent in their jobs and can understand and persue my goals and expectations. Motivated and talented team working together with the same purpose. When your team is involved and recognized, great suggestions, new ideas are inevitable and your business will be evolving constantly.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What surprises me the most is the instant success of Queen’s Tea House with our public. We had nearly opened our doors in October/2019, then had to close due to the pandemic in March/2020, just when we were beginning to understand our clients needs. Fast forward to February/2021 and we find ourselves booked sometimes for days in a row, due to private events as well as our policy of keeping capacity at 50% for the sake of our clients and our own families. I love to see the way mature ladies, and little girls, come in a carefully chosen outfit, how they bring in a “let’s have a great time” mind set and let them self go trying on tiaras and poses at the throne by the fire, while sipping one of our more than 30 tea flavors and enjoying a perfectly British Afternoon High tea. We, me and my husband, have worked in the retail sector in Brazil for almost 25 years and although moving to a different country and beginning again in a new sector has been challenging, we don’t regret one single move. If language, new set of rules, different culture can be a struggle in the beginning, the fact that the Governement “wants” you to succeed as small businness is compensatory. What I believe is important when making this big move is to keep an open mind, be able to adjust your expectations and make changes in your plans accordingly.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m an outdoor person and not a big fan of crowded places. My itinerary would include a lunch & stroll at Morikami Gardens. Then wake up early and head to John D. Macarthur Brach State Park for a morning of kayaking and enjoying the beautiful beach in the afternoon for sea shell collecting and snorkeling. Another option could be spend at Riverbend Park, biking along the shady boulevards and trailing some portions of the Florida Ocean to Lake trail. Visit an exposition at Norton Museum of Art and enjoying dinner at Pistache French Bistro in West Palm would be the perfect wrap up. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband and partner, Michel. We’ve been working together for the past 25 years and we’re such a great team. He’s the guy that makes my dreams, visions and strategies become real. He’ll face all the troubles and setbacks along the way with ease and patience. Most of all, his belief in my capacity gives me the confidence I need to dream higher.
Photos by Mike Huet