We had the good fortune of connecting with Shawn Zhao and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Shawn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think risk is something you have to take if you would like extraordinary returns. But it is very important to differentiate risk and calculated risk. Many mistakes happened in my early years of life because I didn’t not fully realize the difference. It’s been very important in my career. The risk-taking mindset made me pursue the food&beverage business versus still being a financial analyst. It is not necessarily good, but it definitely opens up more doors in my life of adventure.

What should our readers know about your business?
We believe tea house serves as a center of social interaction and tea provides a way for people to connect with each other. When we first design TeaMorrow, we intend to make it a cozy space where people could chat, read, socialize and share their life moments with others. However, we know it is more than that. We encourage people of all backgrounds to come here and creatively discover this platform. TeaMorrow might bring out the artist and poet in you and you are also defining who we are and what we are capable of. We are very proud to provide the best customer service we can and keep raising the bar as we know when customers are tasting our drink and food, they are also feeling our hearts. It is not easy to get where we are today: through every single cup of tea and order of food we served with hearts. We make mistakes everyday, and sometimes many a day, but we are not afraid. We know we just have to carry on and do the best. I would like to share something from a friend which is my inspiration: when you are attacked, if you just get up and run, it will be the end of the game; but if you get up and fight, it could be a very different game.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
1 love this one: FOOD TeaMorrow Tea House (of course 1st stop) Grand Central Market Din Tai Fung (Arcadia Mall) VISIT Magic Castle Angels Flight Griffith Observatory HANGOUT Malibu Beach Disney Universal Studio

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I won’t even hesitate a second when asked this question: I would definitely love to dedicate my shoutout to my parents. Along the whole way of my TeaMorrow journey, they have been incredibly understanding and supportive in any possible aspect. They offered many suggestions and advices based on their experiences and wisdom which I disagreed and did not follow. Of course there were arguments. Of course I therefore suffered badly because of my inexperience. But they had been amazingly respectful and supportive regardless which route I finally took. I learned many things in the hard way. But at the end of the day I am very happy that my parents and I are much closely bonded through out this journey! In addition, I would also love to give my shoutout to my friend Tiger. There will be no iconic hokkaido milk tea and popcorn chicken served with charming smiles without this friendship and team efforts.

Website: https://www.teamorrow.com/
Instagram: TeaMorrow
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Image Credits
Diana Koenigsberg Dillion Meng

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