We had the good fortune of connecting with Claire Vo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Claire, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I became a mother this year to my son Levi and it has changed me so much as a person. I did not know my heart could hold so much love for someone so tiny. Everything I do now is because of him. My son is the main reason I started to branch out into the business world and want to build a better life for our little family. To me, the most important thing I’ve done as a parent in terms of the impact on my kid would be to give him respect. I believe kids are incredibly smart and they are way more capable than we ever thought they could be if we just give them a chance. I want to normalize giving children respect and end fear-based discipline, showing them the tool to learn how to regulate their emotions. I believe this can help them to become kind adults if they can learn and understand emotional intelligence. Children are human and just like us, we all want to be seen, understood, treated with kindness, and most of all respect.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My husband and I are joining a boba tea business in Frisco, Texas called TeaLatte Bar. We focus mostly on organic and healthier alternatives for boba drinks and coffee. What sets us apart from others is that we are a brewed-to-order boba tea place, our drinks actually taste like tea! Outside of this, I also work on my small custom illustration business called Claire Thao Designs. I’ve recently been focusing a lot more on illustration as opposed to photography and coming up with more products to be available to purchase on my online shop.
When I graduated college 5+ years ago, I’ve changed my major many times trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. When I finally was able to figured out what I wanted to do, I was not accepted into the program. They said I need to change my major and I will never be a designer. It broke me down and for the longest time, my confidence in myself and in my work was at its lowest. For the longest time…I believed them. Looking back at it now, I have grown so much and learned to start believing in myself more and more each day.
It was a journey to get to this point and it involved many stressful moments, getting out of my comfort zone, self-doubts, and literal tears. But we are a lot stronger than we think we are and there is always a quote that stuck with me since College. “If you don’t build your dream someone else will hire you to help build theirs” by Tony Gaskins. This has been my philosophy on most decisions that I made and to remind myself when things get hard or when I feel like giving up. I want the world to know that you should live your life, do what you want, and never give up. There will always be someone who will tell you that you are not good enough, that you will never be able to achieve your dreams. Don’t listen to this voice, but instead focus on working to be your best self. Believe in yourself, keep pushing through, the best is yet to come.
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?
One of my college friends visited me recently and my favorite places to take her is: – Hiatus Spa & Retreat in Frisco: for a relaxing spa day and to melt away our stress, even if it’s just temporary.
– Treat ourselves to some Spanish cuisines at Bulla Gastrobar in Legacy West. This place has wonderful Paella plates to share.
– Some movies at home because we are both homebodies and love to relax on the couch with one of our favorite shows, Schitt’s Creek.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give recognition to my family, my mom and dad. They risked and sacrificed their youth and comfortability to move to a foreign land with nothing but the hope of a better life for their children. Without them, I wouldn’t be here. My dear husband, Hoang Vo. He believes in me when I don’t believe in myself, motivates me when I feel down, supported me when I want to be home full-time to take care of our son, and now venturing out into our boba tea business opening soon in Frisco together.
Website: www.tealattebarfrisco.com | www.clairethaovo.com
Instagram: @tealattebarfrisco | @clairetvo