We had the good fortune of connecting with Susanne Holly Brent and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Susanne Holly, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. Alexander Graham Bell. With all the change happening right now in so many people’s lives, this quote is even more important. Resiliency and adaptability are traits that can help navigate the new world we are now living. For myself, the quote is a reminder to not look over my shoulder too long at what was but instead ahead and what is next.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Tea leaf reading is an art. It requires both intuition and imagination to decipher the messages in the bottom of a cup. I would add creativity, as well, as it’s important to believe in one’s vision and then share it in an interesting manner. I just really love tea and I began to learn all I could about tea leaf reading both from a class, as well as books. I learned the most from actual practice. It was good to have the foundation, but then it was up to me to go out there, visit shops, from new age stores to tea houses, and any other business I thought might lend itself well to hosting a tea leaf class or readings. Most people had heard of tea leaf reading, but had never had their leaves read, and so were interested by the novelty. Of course, with the virus, people have not been able to be social, but I have confidence in the future to overcome the challenge. One day I will again be able to sit with people, pour tea, talk about future hopes and dreams, and then decipher the leaves.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to the Melrose District. There are some fun antique shops and also locally owned businesses there. Perhaps even catch a drag show. Then we might check out Grand Avenue and have a spot of tea at Cha Cha’s Tea Room and visit eclectic art galleries. . Next we would go do some shopping at Curious Nature on Central Avenue. In general, I would want to focus on downtown Phoenix. It is often overlooked and has a fabulous Art Museum as well as the Heard Museum as well as some great restaurants. As a vegetarian, I really like The Giving Tree on Seventh Street.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to thank all the people who were open to having his or her tea leaves read when I was just beginning my craft. Also, I am grateful to Cha Cha’s Tea Room in Phoenix for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to read tea leaves in the lovely little shop on Grand Avenue. As well as Curious Nature on Central Avenue who also gave me a chance to share my tea reading with the public.

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