Precious Jones was born in Oconee County and has lived in and around Athens all her life. She graduated from Oconee County High School and after getting married and having kids, she went back to school and attended Gwinnett Tech and Georgia State University, earning a degree in Commercial Photography and Graphic Design. When those fields turned digital, she changed course and followed her childhood dream of becoming an entrepreneur. In 2017 she started MEplusTEA, combining loose leaf teas from around the world with locally grown herbs. She incubated the idea through the West Broad Farmers’ Market and now sells her teas and herbal wellness blends to customers around the world. MEplusTEA utilizes recyclable and biodegradable packaging and all ingredients are grown with sustainability practices. Precious lives in Jackson County with her husband, Anthony and they have three children, two sons at home and a daughter who lives in Athens.
What do you love about your current career?
I love the freedom to just be myself and do what I love
What do you love to do in Athens?
Pre-Covid, I enjoyed catching up with fellow entrepreneurs at Hendershots. Now with all the necessary precautions I enjoy joining online zoom chat sessions hosted by local entrepreneurs.
If you could see any band or show, who would it be and where?
It would definitely be Nina Simone live in our living room.
If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go and why?
Norway. Simply because it’s the happiest place on earth and also one of the safest.
What book do you find yourself re-reading or referencing or gifting most often?
Becoming by Michelle Obama.
What is your favorite movie or the first movie you saw in a theatre?
The first movie I saw in a theatre was Robocop. I will never forget it.
What is something interesting about you that most people don’t know?
I am an introvert that loves being alone in nature.
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and where?
That would be Maya Angelou at Grand Central Station.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stay true to who you are and the world will adjust accordingly.
If you could put anything on a billboard, what would you put?
Meplustea.com. Just kidding. Personally, I would put “One Shot at Life, Live It.”
What are three words or phrases that come to mind when you think of the word “home?”
Peace, family and communication.