"We're the only spot in the world where you can get a 6-pack of beer, a pack of cigarettes and some poke to go.
Before, I was building websites and doing brand identity for a software company outside of Seattle. 45th Stop & Shop was just a side investment with my parents. My mom's poke was one of my favorite foods growing up, so building this with my parents seemed like a fun thing to do.
Honestly, we didn't expect to be a hidden-gem, or for things to blow up this fast. We're just a little mini-mart! It's not super nice inside, which is why so many different types of people are comfortable coming here. We built the market out as an additional line of revenue, like, 'OK. If we have a bad day selling poke, maybe we'll have a good day selling beer."
But it's what people love about this place. It adds so much more value when people say, 'I know the best poke spot in town, and it's in a convenience store!' The neighborhood has helped us so much and been so supportive. We haven't invested a single dollar in advertising or marketing. It's just all been word of mouth, and we're so grateful for it."
Best Advice I've Received
"To take breaks for yourself, because no matter how much you love something or how much passion you put into it, there's no way that your body won't ever give out. Putting stress on your body and mind will only create negative outcomes, so take some time off to yourself to do you for a little bit."
"Just focus on your product. If you have a good product, it will speak for itself. So make the most of what you have, and invest back into your product and your people."
What I Love Most about Seattle
"The people, and the diversity. A lot of people will say that a city like Los Angeles or San Francisco is diverse because population-wise, they have so many different types of ethnicities and nationalities.
Seattle is a city where everybody just mingles. There are so many mixed, multicultural groups, and nobody cares about race that much."
My Seattle Musts
"Eat Vietnamese at Rainier BBQ. Then, head out and hike Lake 22. It's not too long, and the reward is pretty amazing. From there, head to Gas Works Park to look at the view of the skyline and at night time, hit the Capitol Hill area for a Seattle Dog."
"Abstract on Netflix has the best industrial designers and tells their stories. It's more about the design, and really dives a bit deeper into where the designers came from and learning about them and their inspirations, which is really cool."