jC’s Sweet Ice Featured on Talktainment Radio

jC’s Sweet Ice Tea will be featured on Talktainment Radio today, August 14, at 4pm. All you have to do is visit www.talktainment.com at 4pm on your computer or mobile device. Keep your phone nearby as you’re listening; we’d love to hear your comments about jC’s! We hope to upload a recording of the feature soon; stay posted if you are not able to listen in live.

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jC’s Sweet Ice Tea On Sale

You love jC’s, and now there’s even more reason to love it! You can receive 5% off your purchase, courtesy of ThirstMonger! Visit our page here and enter the coupon code JCSSITEA5 at checkout. Enjoy!

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jC’s Updated Locations Map

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jC’s at the Midwest Fair Trade Fest, May 12

jC’s Sweet Ice Tea is proud to announce we will be part of the Midwest Fair Trade Fest at the 4H Center on The OSU campus! Join us and other great fair-trade vendors to experience a day of cultural performers, workshops, and fun! So save the date – Saturday, May 12, 10am – 5pm. You can purchase your tickets at Global Gallery at 682 N. High Street, and the Global Gallery at 3535 N. High Street.

Learn more about the Midwest Fair Trade Fest at www.midwestfairtradefest.com and follow Global Gallery on Facebook and Twitter for more information.


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Look for jC’s Sweet Ice Tea at local Farmers Markets

jC’s will be available at the following Farmers markets this Spring, Summer and Fall, 2012:
Pearl Alley, Columbus, Ohio, Tuesdays and Fridays
Easton Farmers Market, Columbus, Ohio, Thursdays
New Albany Farmers Market, New Albany, Ohio, Thursdays
Jefferson Township, Blacklick, Ohio, Saturdays

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New partners where you can find jC’s!

Very soon, jC’s will be available at the following locations:

This weekend, pick up a bottle of jC’s at Huffman’s Market in Upper Arlington. 2140 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221.

Also starting this weekend, you’ll find jC’s at Weiland’s Gourmet Market at 3600 Indianola Avenue.

And starting October 1st, jC’s will be one of the proud vendors at Celebrate Local, a new store at Easton Town Center. Celebrate Local is a collaboration of Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI), Global Gallery, and Easton Community Foundation. The store is meant to be an avenue for Ohio vendors to sell their great products and services to customers directly to support our local economy. The story will be open throughout the holiday season.

For a full list jC’s partners, click HERE.

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jC’s at the Ohio Proud Fall Harvest

jC’s Sweet Ice Tea will be featured at the Ohio Proud Fall Harvest at Easton Town Center. The event takes place on Saturday, September 10 from 10 AM to 6 PM. The market will be set up around the Easton Water Fountain. Come by and enjoy some sweet Southern ice tea while supporting Ohio Proud partners.

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Metropreneur Columbus announces exciting jC News!


JC’s Sweet Ice Tea is the latest beneficiary of The Boston Beer Co.’s Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream program.

The Columbus-based business has received a $10,000 loan from the program, which assists entrepreneurs in the food, beverage, and hospitality industries.

“Our product can be found in a number of locations around Columbus, including Whole Foods, and right now we simply can’t keep up with the demand for our product, which I suppose is a good problem to have,” says Jackie Chapman, owner of JC’s Sweet Ice Tea. “This loan is giving me the opportunity to grow my business, which otherwise I would not have been able to do.”

Chapman plans to use the funds to purchase more inventory, increase the volume of production, and to drive down overall costs so she can keep up with demand.

“This is what it’s all about: giving small businesses that boost they may need to keep up in the struggling economy,” says Jim Koch, founder of The Boston Beer Co. and brewer of Samuel Adams. “Any small food and beverage business owner in Ohio is encouraged to apply.”

Loan amounts range from $500 to $25,000.

The Boston Beer Co. brought Brewing the American Dream to Ohio in February.

To save on the cost of owning her own storefront or paying high rental rates, Chapman has been preparing her product, based on a family recipe, in a shared kitchen at The Ohio State University. However, beginning today she will be moving operations to Himes Vending Inc. on Groves Road, which is available from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

“My husband and I can make a lot of tea in that amount of time,” she says.

Though she’s wanted to be her own boss since earning an MBA from Ohio University, Chapman’s business plan didn’t come together until about 15 months ago, when she was ordering a sandwich at Creole Kitchen in Columbus’s King-Lincoln District and began telling Chef Henry Butcher about her sweet tea.

“I knew that sweet tea and Creole would be a great match and so did he,” she says. “He loved it and so did his customers. Although we’ve added 16-ounce bottles of tea, we began by only selling gallons to Chef. He still gets gallons to this day.”

Chapman’s sweet tea can also be purchased at Whole Foods in Columbus and Dublin, The Hills Market, the Hudson Street Market, Bexley Natural Market, Carfanga’s, Clintonville Natural Community Market, Sarefino’s Pizzeria and Italian Deli in The North Market, Casa Sazone, and Smothered Gravy.

Stores in Whole Foods’ Mid Atlantic region carry the sweet tea as well.

In addition to the funding available to small businesses in the food and beverage industry, Brewing the American Dream also provides the tools intended to help those businesses achieve financial independence and realize their full potential.

Among those tools are speed coaching workshops that connect business owners with Samuel Adams employees who provide advice on various topics, such as sales, accounting, graphic design, public relations, marketing, information technology, and packaging.

Chapman learned of Brewing the American Dream when she attended one of those workshops in June at the Economic and Community Development Institute.

The next two workshops hosted by Brewing the American Dream will be held Oct. 24 at the Shaker Launch House in Cleveland and Oct. 25 at the Emanuel Community Center in Cincinnati with local partner Bad Girl Ventures.

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Columbus Business First features jC’s

The article, “JC’s Sweet Ice Tea gets $10K Loan from Sam Adams Founder” explains how the “Samuel Adams Brewing The American Dream Program” has granted JC’s Sweet Ice Tea LLC a $10,000 loan. Read the entire article HERE.

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jC’s featured in Edible Columbus, Summer 2011

The article “Local Nonprofit Takes Care of Business(es),” details how Jackie Chapman started jC’s Sweet Ice tea, and the help she received from Mr. Bob Leighty and the Economic and Community Development Institute.
Read the entire article HERE.

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