We had the good fortune of connecting with Tay Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tay, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
When the pandemic first hit, and everything shut down I had to close my beauty agency. At that point I knew I needed to start a business that I can sell online. My daughter bakes cookies and wanted to sell them. When I was discussing it with a friend, she suggested that I add Alcohol-Infused popcorn to the menu. I did my research and came up with my own recipes. Me and my daughter also created a Focus Group in 5 different states, and everyone said we had something on our hands.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Starting this business, I was coming out of the beauty world and stepping into the food industry. It would be an understatement to say it was not easy. It was nerve-racking at first, trying to figure everything out, learning a new industry, operating a business all while teaching my daughters. But I had to learn to take things one day at a time and not to rush things or push my kids too hard. First starting in the cosmetics world made me a perfectionist. Now with dealing with food I want to make sure we make no mistakes. Aside from the stress, late nights and long hours, I learned to just have fun as we learn from this industry and meet new people.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’m a homebody, though I enjoy a good meal. I would definitely take a friend to What’s The Trunk pop-up on Thursdays or Granda Grubfest on Fridays to taste the best food SoCal food trunks. Of course, we would have to visit the Santa Monica Pier and lay on the beach during her vacay. We would also stop by Poppy + Rose in Downtown L.A. I’ve heard nothing but good things about the restaurant.
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?
I would like to say Thank You to all the hosts who allow us to sell at their pop-ups and markets. A special shoutout to these pop-up organizations, Vendor Pop, Tri Valley Boutique, and Salud Cafe located in Long Beach, CA. I’d also like to express my gratitude to Abigail Morada Owner of Cafe Aficionado in Northridge, CA. She is a kindhearted person, who is always open to help us grow in any way she can. A special thank you as well to Ariane Aligo, Owner of Artistic Exchange Market, for giving us opportunities to sell our popcorn in and outside of her store.