You may know me as Chef Lilyholm from my 15 years of working at NIC in the Culinary Arts program teaching students in the cafeteria and the Third Course Bistro.
Or, from my years of working as a Chef in local restaurants, or as an active community participant and a fierce hockey player in the local women’s hockey league. But, if you’re here, you probably know me as the owner of Stonehouse Teas.
As a business owner, my days start early baking each day to running my team of employees, meeting with wholesale customers and being creative with new tea blend creations.
I love to meet with my customers and share stories then jump to some fast paced thinking that often leads to new business developments or new tea blend flavours.
From the beginning, I knew becoming an entrepreneur and business owner would be challenging and rewarding at the same time. I relish the challenges as opportunities and embrace them as they come, because I love what I do. The rewards come with meeting my community, working with local businesses and collaborating to bring new and exciting opportunities to our community. The collaborators that I’ve worked with across Vancouver Island and the businesses that support Stonehouse Teas bring a community of professionals, advisors and mentors, that keep me and Stonehouse Teas healthy.
I am forever grateful for the amazing customers that keep supporting our business and for being part of our family. My amazing staff that believe in me and give me the opportunity to build and create. To my beautiful family who not only supports me daily, but understands my schedule as an entrepreneur.
Thank you to everyone that is a part of my amazing journey as a business developer! I could not do it without you!
About Stonehouse Teas
Stonehouse Teas is an award-winning purveyor of quality teas, coffees, gifts, and accessories.
Stonehouse Teas offers over 120 different types of loose leaf teas, locally roasted organic Aroma coffee and other local tea accessories. We carry everything you need to make the perfect cup of tea including teapots, infusers, tea cups and travel mugs. We have a full-service cappuccino bar and serve other specialty drinks like our famous chai latte. A large selection of cold beverages including, bubble teas, frappes, iced teas and Italian sodas are on the menu as well. Our selection of scones, muffins and signature seasonal cakes and cookies including our famous carrot cake are baked daily.
The idea and concept for Stonehouse Teas was set in motion by the original owner Tanya. Having a love for all things tea and after visiting countless Teashops and Tearooms in England, the desire for a loose leaf teashop in Campbell River was born. Starting with a home based business and selling at farmers markets the business was launched in 1996. With the help and support of her family, friends and loyal customers, she opened her storefront in 2005. The timing was perfect for Christine to purchase Stonehouse Teas in 2016. Since then, Christine has expanded the seating both inside and out to offer more room to sit and visit. She has also expanded the newly designed tea wall complete with jars to smell and to see all the ingredients in each tea. The business was expanded online, offering tea and other products across the globe.