Give Local, Support Local

Whenever we help plan a community event, we like to use as many local vendors as possible. Not only do we get a good feeling from supporting our home economy, local vendors usually know the facility very well, offer competitive value and help us repeal some of the impersonalness of our online worlds.

Just last week, Urban Tea Loft, located one block from our Gangplank Chandler offices, announced their sudden closing following co-owner Eric Legrand’s brain surgery. His wife Glynis, who runs Urban Tea Loft, wants to stay home to help her husband recover.

While we would have loved to plan their going-away party, their abrupt decision did not allow the time. Fortunately, Chandler Vice Mayor Jeff Weninger spearheaded an event designed to help the Legrands out and support our HQ’s community.

From the press release:

Customers of Chandler business Urban Tea Loft were shocked when owner Glynis Legrand announced their abrupt closure two weeks ago. Considering their regular customer base as extended family, Glynis disclosed personal details regarding this decision on Facebook – co-owner and husband Eric Legrand had developed a severe medical condition, requiring brain surgery. This announcement has spurred fans to action.

Chandler Vice Mayor, Jeff Weninger (co-owner of Dilly’s Deli and Floridino’s) and local businessman Tyler Hurst have organized a fundraiser to support the Legrands during their recovery.

“Urban Tea Loft and the Legrands have made a lasting contribution to Chandler. I’m confident this community will help the Legrands through this crisis and I look forward to Urban Tea Loft reopening someday.” -Jeff Weninger

“We’re overwhelmed and touched by the generosity of our customers.”
-Glynis Legrand

If you are already a fan, or want to experience Chandler’s close-knit community, join us in giving back to someone that has always paid it forward.

What: A portion of sales from each restaurant donated to the Legrands
When: All day, Thursday August 2nd
Where: Floridino’s Pizza and Pasta, Dilly’s Deli Chandler, Pittsburgh Willy’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Coach and Willie’s, Jimmy and Joe’s, Chase’s Diner, The Living Room, Sushi Room, El Zocolo, and BLD .

SanTan Brewery (Wednesday, August 1st only)

Web: or hashtag #urbantealoft

We’re happy to help support one of our own. Best of luck to the Legrands and the future of Urban Tea Loft.