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Chau Truong designed the crimson and inexperienced “lounge” house of Tin Tea with a homey and welcoming motif to reinforce the enjoy of sipping bubble tea and sharing time with family and friends. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


Prior to she opened Tin Tea, Northfield’s most effective Vietnamese meals store closing yr, Chau Truong felt empty and purposeless. In spite of a hectic existence as a St. Olaf School scholar learning psychology and industry, Truong mentioned taking categories on-line throughout the COVID-19 restrictions left her feeling deflated.







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Chau Truong, proprietor and basic supervisor of Tin Tea, loves to observe the sunsets outdoor her Freeway 3 bubble tea and bahn mi retailer. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


“I really like customer support,” mentioned the 20-year previous from her top most sensible perch of the car parking zone window of Tin Tea. “I really like speaking, networking and being inventive. I additionally like to resolve issues.” Understanding answers has been handed all the way down to Truong, the one daughter of hard-working folks Tung and Liem Truong, who immigrated to the USA from Vietnam 30 years in the past.







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The menu at Tin Tea options cold and hot milk and fruit teas, smoothies, spring rolls and bahn mi sandwiches. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


Like her devoted folks, Truong mentioned she more than likely labored 60-70 hours every week closing yr as a way to get her new industry off the bottom. She’s been concerned with each facet of the industry, from designing the shop, to advertising and marketing and social media, and inventing the recipes for the cold and warm beverages.







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Chau Truong, proprietor and basic supervisor of Tin Tea, is a junior psychology primary with a industry focus at St. Olaf School. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


She concocted her personal recipes for the milk teas and fruit teas through looking at on-line tutorials. The meals recipes for the spring rolls and hen, beef, tofu and vegetable bahn mi — a crusty baguette sandwich with smeared with pate, pickled greens, onion, coriander and cilantro — come from her mom. This isn’t the primary time she’s needed to steadiness college and a role; throughout highschool, Truong labored as a barista in two other espresso stores in Faribault. Along with her circle of relatives, Truong is getting masses enhance from her neighborhood. “I do know the entire Vietnamese industry house owners in Northfield who run the nail salons,” she mentioned. “They have got been very supportive. They’re common shoppers and be offering useful recommendation. They’re so entrepreneurial.”







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Whimsical crammed animals line the manufacturing house of Tin Tea. Many of those had been presents from unswerving shoppers. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


However the enhance comes with masses of outdoor evaluations. Truong mentioned she’s heard many shoppers ask why she doesn’t upload the preferred Vietnamese soup pho to her checklist of menu choices. Others have pressed her to extend her meals menu and open a cafe. Prior to opening on June 25, 2021, she performed a large number of analysis into present tendencies within the meals and beverage business, in addition to what different Vietnamese choices had been to be had round southern Minnesota. Truong mentioned the closet town that includes unique bahn mi and spring rolls used to be in Burnsville. “I just like the simplicity of our menu,” she mentioned. Tin Tea’s beverage menu options milk teas, fruit teas, and scorching teas, each caffeinated and decaffeinated, in addition to fruit flavors, like mango, kiwi, elderflower and dragonfruit. The lengthy checklist additionally comprises wintermelon, rose white milk, lavender milk and hazelnut. Additionally at the beverage menu are smoothies, and the bubble teas to be had with tapioca pearls, referred to as boba, crystal boba and popping pearls.







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An outsized bubble tea graphic designed through Chau Truong’s brother hangs within the “lounge” of Tin Tea. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


Location, location, location

Truong mentioned she loves her retailer’s location off of Jefferson Street as a result of how visual Tin Tea is from Freeway 3. “I really like the entire parking areas we’ve got, the visibility we get from the freeway, and the sunsets we see from right here,” she mentioned. Folks warned her {that a} strip mall location shouldn’t have a large number of foot visitors. That hasn’t been an element in any respect, particularly with the entire heart college, highschool and school scholars who talk over with the store in droves.

“We get shoppers from as a ways away as Faribault, Owatonna and Medford,” she mentioned.

In the future, Tin Tea had 3 buses pull up from Shattuck-St. Mary’s College in Faribault.

“Thankfully, the coed existence coordinator known as forward to tell us, so we had time to arrange the tapioca for the bubble tea.” Some college nights, she mentioned, the lounge, which options informal seating and a couple of top most sensible tables, is stuffed to the brim with scholars. Different nights, there’s been a line stretching outdoor. “Folks simply love bubble tea,” she mentioned, smiling. “Northfield is the easiest scorching spot for a tender industry like mine. Bubble tea is a emerging craze with millennials. I sought after to leap on it right here prior to any person else did.” 







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Chau Truong and Thor Keilen are highschool sweethearts. Keilen, who’s from Iceland, spends a large number of time at Tin Tea serving to Truong arrange the industry. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


Operating a industry full-time, whilst being a full-time faculty scholar has actually been a exertions of affection for Truong. “I couldn’t do it with out my circle of relatives, my buddies and my boyfriend (Thor Keilen),” she mentioned. As proprietor and basic supervisor of Tin Tea, Truong credit her folks for educating her the way to be in contact her love via meals. “I owe them the entirety,” she mentioned of Tung and Liem. “I watched them paintings each unmarried 2d to make existence higher for his or her kids.” The shop is known as for Truong’s 13-year-old brother Tin. “I wasn’t meant to do that throughout faculty,” mentioned Truong. “But if we discovered the distance, it used to be impulsive. I had a dialog with my circle of relatives about operating the industry whilst increasing my schooling, and we went from there.” With preliminary lend a hand from her folks for the startup investment, she now has 9 staff, part of whom know the way to arrange the chewy tapioca pearls, which calls for an hour and a part of cooking in boiling water. “We now have now not had any kitchen injuries,” she mentioned proudly. The Truong circle of relatives left Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Min Town, for the USA 30 years in the past. Tung got here first, adopted through Liem and child Dat 4 years later. The circle of relatives settled in Faribault, the place Tung labored a tough manufacturing unit process. Chau and Tin had been born right here. Truong mentioned she loves Vietnamese meals. “The meals is so wholesome with the entire recent veggies; it’s so just right and so reasonable,” she mentioned. “It’s the meals that ties me to my tradition.” Together with her maternal grandparents, aunts, cousins and uncles nonetheless dwelling in Vietnam, she has visited the south Asian nation a minimum of 4 occasions in her younger existence. She plans to spend her wintry weather ruin from St. Olaf in Vietnam with members of the family. Truong will start her junior yr at St. Olaf School this autumn. She is a psychology primary with control focus. “I really like my professors and my friends,” she mentioned.

A 2020 graduate of Faribault Top College, Truong used to be elegance valedictorian, elegance president, captain of the tennis workforce, math workforce, science workforce, and president of the Nationwide Honor Society.

But even so her circle of relatives, Truong credit the ladies on the Northfield House Chamber of Trade who’ve mentored her on each facet of operating her personal industry. Jane Bartho, period in-between director of the Chamber, mentioned she used to be inspired through Truong’s skill to identify a industry area of interest and right away fill it. “Her tale brings me to glad tears,” mentioned Bartho.







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The Truong circle of relatives comprises folks Liem and Tung, brothers Dat and Tin and industry proprietor Chau. (Picture courtesy of Chau Truong)


Julie Buchwald, promoting gross sales and team of workers creator for Leisure mag, mentioned she used to be inspired through Truong’s sure spirit and top power. A couple of weeks in the past, Chamber participants, neighborhood participants, circle of relatives, buddies and Tin Tea staffers assembled to observe Truong minimize the ribbon in entrance of her industry. “I felt tremendous pleased with myself that the industry had made it a yr,” mentioned Truong. “It used to be so nice to percentage that second with my team of workers and my circle of relatives.”







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Chau Truong designed the crimson and inexperienced “lounge” house of Tin Tea with a homey and welcoming motif to reinforce the enjoy of sipping bubble tea and sharing time with family and friends. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


Prior to she opened Tin Tea, Northfield’s most effective Vietnamese meals store closing yr, Chau Truong felt empty and purposeless.

In spite of a hectic existence as a St. Olaf School scholar learning psychology and industry, Truong mentioned taking categories on-line throughout the COVID-19 restrictions left her feeling deflated.







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Chau Truong, proprietor and basic supervisor of Tin Tea, loves to observe the sunsets outdoor her Freeway 3 bubble tea and bahn mi retailer. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


“I really like customer support,” mentioned the 20-year previous from her top most sensible perch of the car parking zone window of Tin Tea. “I really like speaking, networking and being inventive. I additionally like to resolve issues.”

Understanding answers has been handed all the way down to Truong, the one daughter of hard-working folks Tung and Liem Truong, who immigrated to the USA from Vietnam 30 years in the past.







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The menu at Tin Tea options cold and hot milk and fruit teas, smoothies, spring rolls and bahn mi sandwiches. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


Like her devoted folks, Truong mentioned she more than likely labored 60-70 hours every week closing yr as a way to get her new industry off the bottom. She’s been concerned with each facet of the industry, from designing the shop, to advertising and marketing and social media, and inventing the recipes for the cold and warm beverages.







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Chau Truong, proprietor and basic supervisor of Tin Tea, is a junior psychology primary with a industry focus at St. Olaf School. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


She concocted her personal recipes for the milk teas and fruit teas through looking at on-line tutorials. The meals recipes for the spring rolls and hen, beef, tofu and vegetable bahn mi — a crusty baguette sandwich with smeared with pate, pickled greens, onion, coriander and cilantro — come from her mom.

This isn’t the primary time she’s needed to steadiness college and a role; throughout highschool, Truong labored as a barista in two other espresso stores in Faribault.

Supportive Vietnamese neighborhood

Along with her circle of relatives, Truong is getting masses enhance from her neighborhood.

“I do know the entire Vietnamese industry house owners in Northfield who run the nail salons,” she mentioned. “They have got been very supportive. They’re common shoppers and be offering useful recommendation. They’re so entrepreneurial.”







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Whimsical crammed animals line the manufacturing house of Tin Tea. Many of those had been presents from unswerving shoppers. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


However the enhance comes with masses of outdoor evaluations.

Truong mentioned she’s heard many shoppers ask why she doesn’t upload the preferred Vietnamese soup pho to her checklist of menu choices. Others have pressed her to extend her meals menu and open a cafe.

Prior to opening on June 25, 2021, she performed a large number of analysis into present tendencies within the meals and beverage business, in addition to what different Vietnamese choices had been to be had round southern Minnesota. Truong mentioned the closet town that includes unique bahn mi and spring rolls used to be in Burnsville.

“I just like the simplicity of our menu,” she mentioned. Tin Tea’s beverage menu options milk teas, fruit teas, and scorching teas, each caffeinated and decaffeinated, in addition to fruit flavors, like mango, kiwi, elderflower and dragonfruit. The lengthy checklist additionally comprises wintermelon, rose white milk, lavender milk and hazelnut.

Additionally at the beverage menu are smoothies, and the bubble teas to be had with tapioca pearls, referred to as boba, crystal boba and popping pearls.

Location, location, location







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An outsized bubble tea graphic designed through Chau Truong’s brother hangs within the “lounge” of Tin Tea. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


Truong mentioned she loves her retailer’s location off of Jefferson Street as a result of how visual Tin Tea is from Freeway 3.

“I really like the entire parking areas we’ve got, the visibility we get from the freeway, and the sunsets we see from right here,” she mentioned.

Folks warned her {that a} strip mall location shouldn’t have a large number of foot visitors. That hasn’t been an element in any respect, particularly with the entire heart college, highschool and school scholars who talk over with the store in droves.

“We get shoppers from as a ways away as Faribault, Owatonna and Medford,” she mentioned. In the future, Tin Tea had 3 buses pull up from Shattuck-St. Mary’s College in Faribault. “Thankfully, the coed existence coordinator known as forward to tell us, so we had time to arrange the tapioca for the bubble tea.”

Some college nights, she mentioned, the lounge, which options informal seating and a couple of top most sensible tables, is stuffed to the brim with scholars. Different nights, there’s been a line stretching outdoor.

“Folks simply love bubble tea,” she mentioned, smiling. “Northfield is the easiest scorching spot for a tender industry like mine. Bubble tea is a emerging craze with millennials. I sought after to leap on it right here prior to any person else did.”







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Chau Truong and Thor Keilen are highschool sweethearts. Keilen, who’s from Iceland, spends a large number of time at Tin Tea serving to Truong arrange the industry. (Pamela Thompson/southernminn.com)


Operating a industry full-time, whilst being a full-time faculty scholar has actually been a exertions of affection for Truong.

“I couldn’t do it with out my circle of relatives, my buddies and my boyfriend (Thor Keilen),” she mentioned.

As proprietor and basic supervisor of Tin Tea, Truong credit her folks for educating her the way to be in contact her love via meals.

“I owe them the entirety,” she mentioned of Tung and Liem. “I watched them paintings each unmarried 2d to make existence higher for his or her kids.”

The shop is known as for Truong’s 13-year-old brother Tin.

“I wasn’t meant to do that throughout faculty,” mentioned Truong. “But if we discovered the distance, it used to be impulsive. I had a dialog with my circle of relatives about operating the industry whilst increasing my schooling, and we went from there.”

With preliminary lend a hand from her folks for the startup investment, she now has 9 staff, part of whom know the way to arrange the chewy tapioca pearls, which calls for an hour and a part of cooking in boiling water.

“We now have now not had any kitchen injuries,” she mentioned proudly.

The Truong circle of relatives left Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Min Town, for the USA 30 years in the past. Tung got here first, adopted through Liem and child Dat 4 years later. The circle of relatives settled in Faribault, the place Tung labored a tough manufacturing unit process. Chau and Tin had been born right here.

Truong mentioned she loves Vietnamese meals.

“The meals is so wholesome with the entire recent veggies; it’s so just right and so reasonable,” she mentioned. “It’s the meals that ties me to my tradition.”

Together with her maternal grandparents, aunts, cousins and uncles nonetheless dwelling in Vietnam, she has visited the south Asian nation a minimum of 4 occasions in her younger existence. She plans to spend her wintry weather ruin from St. Olaf in Vietnam with members of the family.

Truong will start her junior yr at St. Olaf School this autumn. She is a psychology primary with control focus. “I really like my professors and my friends,” she mentioned.

A 2020 graduate of Faribault Top College, Truong used to be elegance valedictorian, elegance president, captain of the tennis workforce, math workforce, science workforce, and president of the Nationwide Honor Society.

But even so her circle of relatives, Truong credit the ladies on the Northfield House Chamber of Trade who’ve mentored her on each facet of operating her personal industry. Jane Bartho, period in-between director of the Chamber, mentioned she used to be inspired through Truong’s skill to identify a industry area of interest and right away fill it.

“Her tale brings me to glad tears,” mentioned Bartho.







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The Truong circle of relatives comprises folks Liem and Tung, brothers Dat and Tin and industry proprietor Chau. (Picture courtesy of Chau Truong)


Julie Buchwald, promoting gross sales and team of workers creator for Leisure mag, mentioned she used to be inspired through Truong’s sure spirit and top power.

A couple of weeks in the past, Chamber participants, neighborhood participants, circle of relatives, buddies and Tin Tea staffers assembled to observe Truong minimize the ribbon in entrance of her industry.

“I felt tremendous pleased with myself that the industry had made it a yr,” mentioned Truong. “It used to be so nice to percentage that second with my team of workers and my circle of relatives.”

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