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OPEN 4 BIZ: Cali Rosina Tea & Chocolate opens during pandemic, navigates shaky business climate

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Imagine working for years to open your own tea shop. One week after you finally make your dreams come true and open your doors, an unprecedented worldwide pandemic shuts the economy down.

It's what happened to Jodie and Josh Smith, the owners of Cali Rosina Tea & Chocolate in La Quinta. The brother-sister duo opened the loose leaf tea shop in March and have navigated choppy shutdown waters since.

Morning anchor Angela Chen takes a look at what makes this tea spot so special and how the Smiths have been handling opening a new business during the pandemic.

Angela Chen

Angela comes to the Coachella Valley as KESQ’s morning anchor after teaching graduate school classes at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and Communication. Learn more about Angela here.


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