One of the goals of The Tennis Foodie is to highlight emerging startups that changed the game in the business. Recently, I connected with Champloo Sweets, a husband and wife operated dessert company that specializes in French macarons and other bite-sized confections.
I had the privilege of interviewing Asia Lalas, one of the owners of the business. Please see the exclusive interview transcript below:
TF: Can you introduce yourself?
AL: Yes! My name’s Asia, and I run the business with my husband, Fred.
TF: How did you come up with this business?
AL: I loooove baking! I’ve been baking since I was young. I went through job after job seeking for something fulfilling, and I wasn’t finding it. I was getting paid very well before, but I wasn’t happy. So I told Fred I wanted to bake and be my own boss, and it’s blossomed from there!
TF: Why is your brand called champloosweets?
AL: Champloo, means “to mix” in Okinawa. It’s also one of our favorite anime, “Samurai Champloo” which mixes a traditional Edo period with Hip Hop elements. On our business, we wanted to infuse our own culture with our desserts and also use non-traditional flavors you might see at other bakeries. That’s what makes our desserts Champloo!
TF: What are your current offerings?
AL: We specialize in French macarons. We also offer flat pan cookies, cream puffs, and our house made cookie butters.
TF: Do you have any plans on expanding the selections soon?
AL: Yes! I have so many ideas in my head that I just have to focus on executing them one at a time.
TF: If there was one order that you really loved so far, what is it?
AL: Probably our most recent wedding! The bride asked for an ombré macaron tower and she put her caterer’s cake on top of it. It turned out beautifully and the project was so smooth from beginning to end.
TF: Do you plan to put up your space soon for your regular customers?
AL: Ahhh, that’s always the hardest question. I want a shop space, yes! But I just haven’t found the perfect place yet, and I also want to keep building my foundation and following before I open my doors. So it’ll be private orders and farmer’s markets for a while! 🙂
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