I'm No Longer A Slave to Fear...

Industry Observer

... I am a child of God. That's how my new favorite song goes and I believe it. Now in the fall of our lives as some would say, we are embarking on a new adventure. We have sold our real estate publication to a most capable young couple just last year and now are launching the project we've been working on ever since. Although we're still "silent partners" for a while in Homes and Land of Lancaster County, we have nothing to do with real estate any longer... other than being a real estate owner and observers.

So with that said, here's what we're doing. A few years ago while in my kitchen grabbing a glass of freshly made iced tea, I heard that voice I so often hear say "People will pay money for this tea." I've heard friends say for year, "You should bottle this, I'd buy it." So we did, finally. 

After a year and a half of research, formulating, learning about the food and beverage industry, lots of money and sweat, we introduce a Zero calorie and Low calorie 100% USDA organic iced tea called WayTea™. It is a flavor based on the homemade lemon sweet tea we all grew up with here in Lancaster County. The initial offering is 2 flavors, WayTea™ Original with 15 calories per 16 oz. bottle with only 4 grams of pure organic evaporated cane juice (sugar), and WayTea™ Zip with 0 calories/0 carbs per 16 oz. bottle and no sugar or artificial sweeteners.

My mother always had a fresh pitcher of tea on the countertop when we were young but we still went for the sugary sodas more. My attitude towards soda changed one day when my grandfather was recollected in a conversation. My grandfather died 4 years before I was born and I was told they would never forget old Clarence, he always had a Coke in his hand. Wanting more years than the 57 years he had, I decided soda was not a good thing to drink anymore. I looked for an alternative and turned to the iced tea I was making with almost as much sugar as sodas. I found a sweetener called Stevia with 400 times the sweetness of sugar with none of the ill effects, no glycemic index, doesn't promote the bacteria that causes tooth decay etc. instead and experimented until I got a taste I liked. 

We just had our first test run bottling and are excited to introduce WayTea™, the WayTea™ Ought to Be! 

Now the reason I named this what I did?... at an age when most are thinking about retiring soon, we are refiring with a new passion for bringing healthier alternatives to the marketplace, raising funds for the Kingdom of Heaven here on earth and because 50% of all profits will go to help young boys become real men.

More to come...

WayTea Bottles


Comments (8)

Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -

Congrats to you as you begin this new endeavour.  Heres to stepping out on faith.

May 18, 2015 11:43 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Sounds like a great endeavor!  Keep the faith!

May 18, 2015 11:45 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Bob, it is good to see you back. Congrats on finding a great buyer for your former business and good luck in the tea business. I have tried to contact Joe Smith on numerous  occassions but cannot reach him. Maybe he has gone on before us.

May 19, 2015 01:12 AM
Bob & Bonnie Horning
Mount Joy, PA

Michelle, I thank you and the most awesome thing is just listening to the Lord as He leads us.

Paula, Thanks for the encouragement.

Mike, I appreciate your steadfastness. I have not heard from Joe either but found that his prophecy over us wasn't quite what I thought it would be... but this is that which he spoke over me. I trust Joe is just onto other things for the Kingdom. Blessings.

May 19, 2015 02:53 AM
Diane Rice
Rice Prprty Mgmnt & Rlty, LLC, South Holland, IL - Lansing, IL

WAAAY to go!

May 19, 2015 08:53 PM
Bob & Bonnie Horning
Mount Joy, PA

Diane, you are Way too clever for real estate, you're now the head of my marketing team! More ideas please. Many Blessings and good to hear from you again.

May 19, 2015 11:32 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Hey you need to post an update about your new venture ! Hope all is well !

Jul 29, 2017 01:15 PM
Brooke Young

Can I get Way Tea in IL? Sounds wonderful and I’d love to support you. And I don’t even drink iced tea! But I’d find ways to promote it.

Jun 26, 2019 03:15 PM