Stef Boadle, founder of More Tea and Co. Co Place

When Steph Boadle moved to the peninsula about 5 years ago, she knew it was time to create her own brand.  She had left behind a corporate career, which involved such things as launching Jetstar in Australia (while managing an ad agency), and attending Harvard Business School in Boston on a scholarship - studying entrepreneurship and negotiation.  

When it came time to do her own thing, Stef knew it had to be something she was passionate about.  Being a reformed coffee drinker and an avid tea lover, she wanted to make properly brewed tea accessible to people outside the home.  Not one to do things by halves, she gained her tea certification and she used this expertise to choose only the finest quality teas from across the globe.  But the star of More Tea became Stef's invention, her beautiful glass and bamboo tea bottles. She designed these to give people the option of taking their quality, properly brewed tea on adventures with them. In recent times, there have been imitation bottles popping up here and there, but the peninsula can lay claim to being the birth place of the original (and arguably the best) of these.  Thanks Stef! 

Stef has now opened a great little creative co-working space, Co. Co Place in Mornington and she says, "I can’t tell you, even in my own business, how much More Tea has gone in leaps and bounds, just from being around and being re-inspired by other people.  The more productive someone is next to you, it just feeds you.  I'm over the moon with how it's worked out and I can’t wait for the future."

What are a couple of your favourite blogs/websites and why?

Definitely Ted. It's a great way to stay connected with what is going on, and different views of the world. I do receive the Harvard Business Review blogs.  Again, a great way to keep up to date with what’s new, and see some of the great things that people are doing. I follow a few tennis players on Instagram for inspiration and training tips. Instagram becomes like a lot of little blogs for me.  Most of the products I buy I find on Instagram, and I like to support small business.  The social media examiner is a blog I will read, it is fabulous. And I’ll tell you where I get all my recipes, Melbourne Food Files.  It’s really great because I’m not the best cook but its all simple good food.  And impressive.

Can you tell us one or two of your fave local spots?

Definitely the Milk Bar in Mount Martha and the Mount Martha tennis club.  And the Golf Club in Cape Schank.  Those are my happy places.

Describe your style:

I definitely dress to where we live and who I am. The uniform here is cons. No heels allowed! I'm very simplistic, tom-boyish even.  I’m either doing active stuff in my active wear (I play tennis a few times a week), otherwise it’s mostly jeans, t-shirt and cons. Relaxed style. Even if Im going to Melbourne, I can still be me.  My style is just to be who I am. 

Do you think Mornington Peninsula fashion has a certain look or feel?

it is definitely that fitness and active lifestyle. Nothing over the top. No one takes themselves too seriously around here and if they do its pretty obvious.  I don’t think there is a set uniform but there are a lot of people who are just happy in their own skin.

by Penny Ivison