Meet Stacey Kwong, Co-Founder of MILK + T, an inclusive and welcoming boba store with three locations in Los Angeles, Beaverton, OR, and Las Vegas! Listen to our conversation to learn about her motivation behind opening a boba shop and how she is handling COVID-19's impact on her business and team members.
We celebrate Stacey successes in being a business owner in three states, leading with her vision of creating a place where anyone can feel welcome.
We support her business, MILK + T, and all small businesses during these challenging times.
We are inspired by her courage and conviction to always put the needs of her team members as well as those who need help more first above her own.
From slangin' mac and cheese in middle school, to reselling iphones in high school, to starting a failed clothing line in college, Stacey Kwong was born wired to start her own business. But growing up queer in a strict Asian American household with less than stellar report cards meant finding her passion wasn't always easy.
It wasn't until she and her business partner found success through boba with MILK+T, a Los Angeles food truck concept featuring the first self serve boba bar on wheels. With 10’s of 1000’s of delicious, high-quality drinks sold, MILK+T proudly grew to 3 owned and operated stores in 3 states including Los Angeles, CA, Portland, OR, and Las Vegas, NV.
In June 2019, with an urge to give back, Stacey and her business partner started BOBAWASTED-- a brand focused on bringing the boba community together. Rather than competition, BOBAWASTED believes in working together. A portion of the proceeds go towards Andie Bear and Dance With Mweyne, both organizations helping children in need.
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ABC NEWS Feature: https://abc7.com/community-events/boba-tea-shop-in-little-tokyo-gives-back-during-coronavirus-outbreak-with-free-lunches-to-those-in-need/6053873/
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