BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – At 23ABC, we will continue to highlight the many small businesses in core country and recognize them for their efforts and sacrifices as they survive the COVID-19 pandemic. 23ABC’s Lezla Gooden visited the Tea Bar in southwest Bakersfield, which has a wide range of specialty drinks. There you will learn more about how they manage to keep their doors open after a year in the pandemic.
The Tea Bar is a family business that has been here for more than a decade. Owner Ivy Nguyen said they were only able to survive because of their passage, but since they are currently running a business during the pandemic, they are happy to announce that they are hiring additional staff.
Amanda Sanchez told 23ABC that she only discovered the tea bar a week ago and now visits the family business on a daily basis.
“I keep coming back because they have the best boba tea in town. That’s why I like coming here.”
She is one of the many customers that Ivy Nguyen, the owner of the Tea Bar, has served since it opened 11 years ago.
“We have seven teas, but 30 different flavors. And not just teas. We also have fruit smoothies and Italian lemonades,” explained Nguyen.
Nguyen said they were able to keep their business open during the pandemic because of their drive-through window.
“They know we can’t eat because of this COVID. It’s just a transit and lucky for us to have it because it kept us alive throughout this pandemic.”
Nguyen shared that they used to have two tea bar locations. The other was on the Rosedale Highway, but due to the pandemic, that shop didn’t survive. But now, a year later, they are grateful to announce that they are currently recruiting for their location outside of White Lane.
“I hire baristas. Three to five people to prepare for the reopening and the summer,” said Nguyen.
If you want to apply, you can go to their website or pick up an application from the inside.
The Tea Bar was also voted the number one Boba tea in Bakersfield by Yelp users. Nguyen said she was grateful to have been able to keep tea going at such a challenging time for many companies.
“It means a lot because my husband and I built his from the ground up and invented the name and built it ourselves. It means a lot to me. It’s like my baby.”
Nguyen said that since the vaccine is out soon, she hopes to reopen fully. Until then, they are grateful for the continued support from the community.