We had the good fortune of connecting with Mayly Tao and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Mayly, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind my success and the success of my brand is creativity and consistency. Continuously understanding that to really create the brand you love, you must be the brand that you love. Choosing to be the face of the brand was something I never thought I wanted to do until I stepped into it. Associating the small wins and successes of myself always overlapped into the success of my brand. The best advice I have for someone starting a new brand is to immerse yourself and believe that it will be a successful brand one day, if you continuously work towards that goal.
What should our readers know about your business?
What sets DK’s Donuts & Bakery from all the other donut shops is we hope to create an experience- whether that’s in the store when you see over 120 different types of traditional, specialty, or hybrid donuts or a surprise box of custom donut letters shows up on your desk at work or a Texas sized donut commemorates your Dad’s birthday- this experience is filled with joyful choice and unmatched taste & freshness. I am proud of myself and my staff for being able to create this experience nationwide, and for our locals 24/7/365. I got here through hard work- a daily grind in and out of the bakery- and offline as well. It wasn’t easy, but I overcame each challenge like it was a puzzle piece I needed to figure out. I tapped into my resources, I google’d some things, I asked for help, and I persevered to figure out the solution. Some lessons I’ve learned along the way is to research and reach out to someone who’s done it before so you won’t have to learn the hard lessons yourself. I’ve learned that you can’t make everyone happy, but you can conduct your business with integrity and grace. I’ve learned that people naturally gravitate towards your energy. I want people to know that anyone can build a brand like I have with a strong team and a dream.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start off the day with hopping on a beach cruiser and going to Gjusta for brunch- a lox plate and a hot tea to jump start your day with the hippie Venice vibes to start off. Then we would bike down to the beach and have a drink at Hotel Casa Del Mar for breathtaking vibes. Continue on to have a Bay Cities godmother sandwich and ride the Ferris Wheel at the Santa Monica Pier. At night, a glass of whiskey at the Wellsbourne and a night cap in DTLA at the Ace Hotel.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This shoutout goes to my environment- first I want to thank my mom, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide. Without her dragon mom tendencies, I would never be here. I want to thank my friends and the local Los Angeles community for following & supporting my journey thus far. This is dedicated to all the first generation immigrant families who had to see their parents struggle to make it here in America, and the childhood that was potentially lost from the need of their labor to help their family.
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