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Pochi Crew Christmas Party 2018 - Recap

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Our team celebrated a week before Christmas and held our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange! Always such a fun time when we do this!

If you’ve never played before, here’s a quick rundown of what it is and our rules. We asked everyone to bring in a gift with a minimum purchase of $25. It has to be work appropriate of course. No labeling the gifts. All the gifts are compiled in one spot under the tree. Everyone picks numbers out of a bag indicating when it will be their turn. We go from 1 to 27 in our case. Each person has the choice to open a gift or steal from someone who already opened a gift. If a gift has been stolen twice, it is locked out which means it cannot be stolen anymore.

Lots of presents. Lots of stealing. And lots of laughs!!

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We just hit 5K on Instagram!!!

Congratulations Pochi Fam, we made it to 5,000 followers on Instagram!

You are all SO amazing!! We are astonished and so humbled by the amount of support and love we receive from you every single day, whether it is in person or on social media.

There’s no better way to give back to you than a fun giveaway! We know you loooove those and we couldn’t resist! So, if you haven’t already entered, you should go on Instagram and do that right now! Plus, this one is a special one. Let me tell you why.


My name is Malyn. I am one of the current owners and the Store Manager at Pochi. When we took over Pochi about 3 years ago, my business partners and I knew that THIS bubble tea shop could be something much more than just serving bubble tea. And we were right!

You have heard us say it before, but Pochi is great hang out spot. It is a place for making memories and sharing good times with friends and family. It is a safe place where everyone is welcomed. It is a place to be yourself. It is a second home. You are family when you are in here.

(I mean, have you been in Pochi when there’s a birthday and everyone in the WHOLE store is singing Happy Birthday to the birthday person?! It’s unbelievable!)

This is part of the reason why Pochi means so much to me and why the work we do feels like so much more than just bubble tea. I believe in everything Pochi stands for. I also believe in supporting one another and providing that support whenever we can. As a woman, I also believe in empowering other women.

So this giveaway is dedicated to the strong women out there who have shown their love and support for Pochi. The ladies who have encouraged kindness and have spread positive vibes to all around them. To the ladies who are going after their goals and doing big things. And to the ones who need a little extra support, we got you.

Thank you for all that you are and for everything you do.


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I first met Crystal, the beautiful cat lady of the Fancy Cat Studio, when I attended her calligraphy workshop in Seattle! After talking about our work, I found out she was actually a customer of Pochi’s. So crazy! She is so talented and is a super down-to-earth person to top it off. I also love supporting women and I love supporting small, local businesses. These cards are so adorable!! Also, stop by Pochi AFTER the giveaway ends (11/25) and maybe you’ll catch some of her work on YOUR bubble tea cup!!

www.thefancycatstudio.com

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LITTLE WORDS PROJECT

Our bracelets were from this nice girl gang, the Little Words Project.

I met the founder of this company at a conference called Create Cultivate. She was one of the mentors I had when attending the conference. This is where I first heard her story and mission. After the conference, I have kept in touch and have followed her company’s journey through social media.

You wear a bracelet that has a “word” or phrase that means something to you. Once you’re ready, you pass on the bracelet to someone else who needs it more. So Pochi Fam, our word is “Pochi”. If you’re wearing our bracelet, just know that this means you will always be a part of the fam with us. Plus, each word has a tracking code where you can share your story and the next girl who receives the bracelet can see where it’s been.

It is such an inspirational company and the world needs more kindness! Learn more about them HERE!

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THE LITTLE MARKET

I chose the “Be Kind"“ bag not only because it is a great, functional bag, but because of the mission behind the collaborating organizations. They seek to empower women and take a stand against bullying.

The “Be Kind” bag is a collaboration between the Little Market and the Kind Campaign. The Little Market is a “non-profit founded by women to empower women” which is already pretty awesome. Their products are all so cute and make great gifts! The Kind Campaign is also a nonprofit organization. Their organization brings attention to the girl-against-girl bullying.

 

Pochi is not a women founded or all women ran business. My business partners are both male. Half of our team consists of males as well. This doesn’t mean we can’t support women, because we absolutely do! I sure do!

Thank you all again for continuing to support Pochi in all that we do! It means the world to us to have such loyal and kind supporters. We couldn’t do this without our Pochi Fam!

Now if you still haven’t entered into the giveaway, go enter!

I realize that this giveaway doesn’t exactly scream out to our male audience and customers. This giveaway is still for you men out there though! It’s all about giving back so who are the women in YOUR lives that mean a lot to you. Who are the ladies that deserve a kind gesture? Tag them in the giveaway!

Much Love Pochi Fam.

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Can Bubble Tea Be Healthy?!

We know how delicious bubble tea can be! (We may be completely biased on this!) We also know that bubble tea is not exactly the healthiest drink either. With so many becoming more aware of what we put in our bodies, we'd like to do our part in helping! There are many options that may make bubble tea a littler healthier for you. Here are 3 simple ways to enjoy a healthier bubble tea:

Soy, Almond, and Coconut Milk

Soy, Almond, and Coconut Milk

  1. Modify your sweetness level or cut it out.
    At Pochi, we are able to adjust your sweetness level to 1/4 sugar, 1/2 sugar, 3/4 sugar, regular sugar or no sugar added. In fact, we can also do extra sugar, if you're not watching your sugar intake. To stay on our topic of healthier options, we can also substitute sugar with honey or Splenda.

  2. Choose dairy or an alternative.
    We use a non-dairy creamer for our Creamy Shakes and Milk Teas. However, you may substitute that for whole milk, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk! The almond, soy, and coconut milks are also a great option if you have a dairy allergy.

  3. Choose less or no toppings.
    Part of the experience and joys of bubble tea are the Tapioca Pearls (Boba) that go on the bottom of the drink. If you've been to Pochi, you also know we have a LOT more options than just the Tapioca Pearls. Although our jellies are Gluten Free, they do contain added sugar. Tapioca Pearls also contain quite a bit of carbohydrates. We suggest opting for less than the usual amount if you're watching what you're drinking a little more closely. We can do no toppings, 1/4 amount of the topping, 1/2 amount or the full amount. The option is all yours!

These 3 modifications to your bubble tea may not just apply to drinks at Pochi. If you visit another bubble tea shop, ask if they could make any of these modifications for you as well.

Our Recommendations for Healthier Bubble Tea at Pochi:

  1. Fresh Watermelon Slush (Summer Only) - We use fresh watermelon each Summer. It's one of our Summertime Fave's! We use only 3 ingredients! Watermelon, ice and sugar syrup. Make this even healthier by cutting out the sugar or reducing it! Super refreshing drink!

  2. Honey Green Iced Tea, No Sugar Added - A nice, cold iced tea lightly sweetened with honey. If it's not sweet enough for you, ask for a little extra honey.

  3. Strawberry Banana, No Sugar Added, No Non-dairy Creamer - We add in actual strawberry and banana fruit to this drink! Cut out the non-dairy creamer and sugar to make this drink a little healthier. (Still contains Strawberry Puree Syrup, most of the flavoring comes from this)

  4. Black Milk Tea, Sweetened w/Honey, Sub Almond Milk - Our original milk tea is a main staple here at Pochi. For a lighter twist on this classic drink, substitute the sugar for honey (or Splenda) and instead of our non-dairy creamer, ask for Almond Milk!

  5. Fresh Avocado Shake, Sweetened w/Honey, Sub Coconut Milk - We use FRESH avocados year round! The non-dairy creamer definitely makes this drink really creamy but if you can do without the creaminess, ask for Coconut Milk or Almond Milk!

Regular Avocado Shake with Boba

Regular Avocado Shake with Boba