UMLF: Hey guys! We’re excited to interview you as our Business of the Month. Can you tell our readers about yourselves?
LBT: Our names are Rosanna and Michael and we are the co-founders of Link Boba Tea. We moved to Utah back in 2021 originally for work and absolutely fell in love with everything this state had to offer from food to the various outdoors activities and decided to stay permanently! One of our favorite things to do together is discover new restaurants and explore the national parks and local hiking trails. We also have two cats, Abraham and Lincoln, with Lincoln being the inspiration for our name and logo (we named the company before adopting Abraham - we would never play favorites!).
UMLF: For those who need the 411, what is Link Boba and where are you located?
LBT: Link Boba operates through our Boba Box product which is an automated bubble tea kiosk that creates a drink for the customer on demand. We offer 3 flavors at a time and are open to feedback to what customers would like to see (QR survey) and can make those changes accordingly. We are currently located at Ogden Weber Technical College (OTECH) at 200 N Washington Blvd, Ogden, UT 84404. The Boba Box is located in the Student Union building right next to the cafeteria. We are hoping to expand over the next couple of years to some other locations in the Weber/Davis county area as well.
UMLF: What inspired you guys to bring Boba to the Ogden area?
LBT: When we first moved to Utah and was exploring the food scene, one of the things we noticed in northern Utah was the lack of bubble tea shops. Coming from Michigan where there were plenty of options, we were shocked at what we had in the area. One night on our way home from SLC after getting some boba, we were thinking of how cool it would be if there could be bubble tea machines. In diving into this a bit more we discovered this was actually a possibility and decided to take a leap of faith!
UMLF: What are some of your favorite flavors you offer?
LBT: Currently we offer Mango, Strawberry, and Thai Tea flavors with our personal favorite being Thai Tea.
UMLF: Every business has its highs and lows. Can you tell us about a challenge you faced as an entrepreneur and how you overcame it?
LBT: An ongoing challenge that we have faced are the mechanical flaws that come with the Boba Box. Michael, being our resident mechanical engineer, has been constantly making improvements such as with the water heater, ice machine, cup dispenser, etc. so that the process of creating a drink flows better and has less errors. To overcome this in the future, we have put together a list of requirements on what we will need to be built out in the next iteration of the Boba Box and have been in contact with the manufacturer to see what changes can be made moving forward.
UMLF: How do you feel like the Utah Microloan Fund has helped your business?
LBT: The Utah Microloan Fund has been a huge help financially and also has provided lots of opportunities for us to learn about entrepreneurship from pricing to marketing strategies. We love that there is a community at UMLF that will always be there to help answer our questions and guide us in the right direction when needed.
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