Sage Fall Dance 2014

Leaders of the Pack

photo by LAURA PESKOSKY
INGRID SAUER
Owner, Insanitea

After six years of stability and financial security in the field of retail, Ingrid Sauer needed a fresh challenge. "I wanted to take a go at the American Dream, a blind leap taken in hopes of living a more fulfilling life with fulfilling work. A dull feeling of complacency urged me to find my own niche, since I never felt like I fit in anywhere," says Sauer, the founder of InsaniTea, a Montclair, N.J. tea house. Perhaps that feeling made Sauer sympathetic to the plight of tea, so often overshadowed by coffee. "I wanted to give tea a welcomed place," Sauer says. "I also wanted to provide a place for the rest of the "odd types" out there to feel safe and comfortable. InsaniTea has become a safe haven for local artisans." In addition to serving and selling loose-leaf teas, InsaniTea also carries items created by local artisans and crafters, everything from pet treats to tarot readings. InsaniTea also features local bands and hosts classes taught by a neighborhood music teacher. Her willingness to try new things has helped InsaniTea stand out in her gay-friendly community. "Stay true to your original vision without ignoring the need for positive change along the way," she advises her fellow risk-takers. "Be flexible and give up your days and nights in an effort to succeed."
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