About Us

We (Renee and Steve) met twenty years ago in “Corporate America” in Raleigh, NC. Renee was born and raised a Southerner. Steve had relocated to North Carolina…a “Southerner by choice”. Over several years of working together, we discovered we had a lot in common – backgrounds in accounting and finance, a passion for excellence, a deep appreciation for Southern culture, a dislike of coffee, a love of snacks, and a growing dislike for “Corporate America”. We often wondered how we could combine our mutual interests into a business that would allow us to do what we liked and like what we did. After some personal and professional soul-searching, Southern Serenade was born in 2006.

In creating Southern Serenade, the mission was quite clear…to share the best teas, snacks and unique tea gifts out there while blending them with a little Southern charm. Drawing on Renee’s Southern roots and Steve’s Southern discoveries, we've shared exquisite teas and snacks along with some memories and observations on Southern life that warm the heart and soul for the past ten years.


During that time, we've met a lot of special people -- some business partners and some customers -- but all are counted among our friends.  We hope that you'll do the same and share Southern Serenade with your friends, too.