Mia opened the first Te’amo at the University of Chicago. Today Te’amo already has opened three other locations in Chinatown, Michigan Avenue, and Schaumburg, and there are three more locations are coming up this year. Besides their healthy drinks, Te’amo is also known for supporting many all female-owned enterprises and being committed to empowering women in business.
Mia is the founder of Te’amo Boba Bar, a Chicago-based bubble tea chain. “Te’amo is from Spanish Te Amo, which means I love you. I use this name to express the love for tea. ” Te’amo promotes a healthy lifestyle and uses organic non-dairy ingredients. The store doesn’t use a heavy amount of cream like other traditional milk shops do but recreates organic ingredients.
Mia has great business acumen and is deeply aware that building partnership with other businesses is crucial to a small business. She has sniffed the potential of the K-pop fans segment and worked with United Center to sell drinks to fans inside the center. With her own success, Mia also wants to help other female enterprises. She shared partial profit with local organizations, for example, the Kawin organization, to support local women's businesses.
In their continuous efforts, Te’amo is popular and expanding fast. The opening of their Schaumburg location caused traffic jams in the mall.