Vendor Spotlight: RosieJean’s Sweet Tea & Jesus

RosieJean's Sweet Tea & Jesus will have t-shirts and flavored sweet tea for sale at Backroads Market in Leavenworth, IN on May 11 & 12, 2018

Kylee Julius named her inspiring business after her two biggest supporters.  RosieJean is an amalgamation of her grandparents’ names. “They are the sole reason I am the person I am today and I wanted to honor them,” she says. “I miss them and love them so, so much.”

Kylee started her business with her husband after praying hard during the 16 months her baby boy was having surgeries to correct a cleft lip and palate.  It began as a Christian T-shirt business, but Kylee felt like God was asking her for more.  The sweet tea portion of her business was inspired by a market she attended where not one single vendor was serving tea.

We can’t imagine.  Abby would have revolted.

“On the way home,” says Kylee, “I pitched yet another idea to my husband about having a Flavored Sweet Tea stand, and he said, ‘No one likes flavored sweet tea.’  Well….actually they do​;​ lots and lots of people do.”  It’s so true.

“We noticed that we were reaching people and that we had all walks of life coming to our Jesus booth,” Kylee continues. “So we started putting scripture on every cup. EVERY CUP.  We had people tell us they had the scriptures at their desk at work or as a bookmark in their bible, or just sitting around as a reminder.  We started to hear people tell us that our courage ​for starting our stand ​was helping them be more bold in their faith.” Kylee and her husband are overwhelmed daily by God’s goodness and faithfulness with their little Sweet Tea Camper.

For Kylee, the best thing about having her own business is that she makes her own hours and gets to stay home with her boys. The flip side of that, though, is that since she works from home, it is harder to turn off RosieJean’s and turn on mommy.  Even so, RosieJean’s has helped Kylee’s family grow.

RosieJean's Sweet Tea & Jesus will have t-shirts and flavored sweet tea for sale at Backroads Market in Leavenworth, IN on May 11 & 12, 2018

“The business has increased our faith, and I love that my kids are growing up with us talking about God and Jesus like normal conversation,” Kylee tells us. “I like that my kids see us struggle and have to work things out. My business partner-in-crime is my husband. H​e is not a free spirit like me, so we can butt heads when my creativity and his money sense collide. It also helps me teach my kids about their purpose. I went to school to be a teacher and have never taught a day in my life,​ I want my kids (well, everyone really) to know that each of us has a purpose from God for our life.”

Kylee’s favorite products are her custom Bibles with Bible tabs in them and the Red Hot Apple Flavored Tea. She can’t wait for Market season to kick off so that flavor can be a part of her daily life.  Other tea flavors include chocolate chip cookie dough, watermelon, and cinnamon roll. Are ya feeling like you have to try one yet?

Kylee’s favorite memory of her business so far is the time a customer signed her phone with a pen. “I use Square on my phone, and I had a lady use a ​credit ​card,” she says. “I asked her to sign it for me, and she pulled a pen out of her purse and literally signed my cell phone. I had to use polish remover to get it off, but everyone knew where to sign that day.”

All we can say is, it’s a good thing Kylee has a sense of humor.

Follow RosieJean’s on Facebook and Instagram, but make sure you come to the Market on May 11 & 12 to get some of that yummy flavored tea.

Just don’t use a pen to sign Kylee’s phone.

See you there!

 

 

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