We had the good fortune of connecting with Anna Cho and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Anna, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I love boba, those little black tapioca balls. I used to drink boba teas a few times a week when I was younger. But as many know, those drinks contain high level of sugar and almost 0 health benefits. So as I get older, I want to take care of myself more and try to stay away from those sugary drinks. I started to make my own fruit syrups, confitures and jams at home. When I make them from scratch, I can control the sugar level and know that there’s no artificial ingredients. Then I start mixing them up with teas, sodas and other drinks. I realized that creating and mixing different ingredients together is really fun, and I want other people to enjoy my drinks as well.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Basically, I make beverages such as fruit teas and Japanese cream soda (flavored soda with ice cream on top) with my own fruit syrups and confitures. I like to use seasonal fruits and ingredients that are not very common in drinks such as lemongrass, shiso leaf, tomatoes and basil leaf. I also love to make my drinks beautiful with different garnishes.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Tei Tei Robata Bar. I love Asian foods, especially Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese food. Tei Tei Robata Bar is a Japanese restaurant that has been opened since 1998. Tei Tei is specialized in Robata- Japanese charcoal grill from Hokkaido. The reason why I love this restaurant so much is because every time I go there, food is always top notch quality and service is so helpful and attentive. It honestly feels like dining in Tokyo at Tei Tei Robata Bar. It’s located on the busy Henderson Avenue, where many other old established restaurants and bars are.
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?
My mother. From the very beginning, she has been always there to support me emotionally and financially. She never told me anything like “you can’t do it”, or “why do you want to do this?”. She is businesswoman and entrepreneur, failed and succeeded many times in life. She always gives me advices and uplift my mood when I felt like I couldn’t do this anymore. Another woman is Naya Kim, owner of The Pn Event. She was one of the first people that knew about my business dream before I actually started. As soon as she heard about it, she tried to help me out so much. She was my first client that booked me for a birthday party. She was the one that told me to start selling my drinks and The Dallas Farmers Market. She was the one that introduced me to her many other clients. And she also was the one that gave me so much business advices. To be honest, my path would be probably very different and difficult if she didn’t help me.
Personal: b.lyin Photography All the drink pictures: Anna Piano Photography The one with 2 other ladies: Abie Mae Photography The last one: Bella and World Photography