Ask anyone around town today, they'll tell you, he's the "happy-go-lucky," smiling in his sleep, ambitious entrepreneur. Motivational speaker. Retail Magician!
A couple business ventures, a couple awards, not too shabby on the popular scale. Daniel Lewis has moon walked across stages while accepting awards. paraded the streets in blue leotards with iced tea samples strapped to his back and has served up his well-known tea blends to Hollywood celebrities, influencers and even royalty! Coasting through life's everyday adventures, one could easily say Daniel is living the Canadian Dream!
But what would he say?
High school drop out. Gang fights. Drugs. Guns. Charges. Working dead-end jobs, fighting for his life when tragedy suddenly strikes. This was far from a dream. He would say, "I'm just a simple kid with a desire to impact people's lives in a positive way." After being thrown into a whirlwind of unexpected events, his story has now become his message of inspiration and motivation to anyone who has ever felt helpless, hopeless and given up on their dreams.
Daniel, (29) spent a large portion of his childhood and teenage years chasing a career in music. After making a local name for himself in the rap and hip hop community, Daniel went on to perform at many music venues throughout Canada and in the U.S. During his pursuit of building a name and image in music, It seemed that Daniel had unfortunately made some negative relationships based on some of the content in his music. In 2009, Daniel became the victim of a nearly fatal stabbing, being stabbed four times on account of one of the messages in one of his songs four years prior to the event. Luckily, Daniel survived the aggravated assault, and would eventually go on to use this tragic situation as momentum to inspire change first for himself and then for others.
About a year and a half after the stabbing incident, Daniel went on to start a tea company called T By Daniel. The idea was inspired by his new found passion of finding or creating a tool to impact people's lives in a positive, as his life had been so positively impacted by the many people who aided him during his unfortunate circumstance,and also his new love and appreciation of the health benefits that tea had to offer. It seemed crazy at first, but Daniel decided to launch a tea company built on the foundation of impacting people's lives in an unforgettable way.
Seven years later, the mission proved to be successful! T By Daniel went on to win a numerous amount of awards recognizing business and community excellence, T By Daniel remains a top 5 Star rating across many review sites such as Google, Facebook, YELP!, Trip Advisor etc.. The T By Daniel shop has become a staple destination spot and brand in Daniel's hometown, Brampton, Ontario. Daniel went on to write his autobiography, which was picked up by Chapter's Brampton and also on Amazon. Daniel and his wife and business partner Renata, have gone on to serve their teas to many celebrities, dignitaries, entertainers, superstars and even HRH (His Royal Highness) The Prince Of Wales, Prince Charles, and Camilla - The Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal Tour for Canada's 150th celebration.
The goal remains the same to this day, to inspire and impact people's lives in a positive way, using tea as the means to do it, one cup at a time.
Daniel refers to his story as one of tragedy to triumph.