Powell Sung, manager of Lollipop Moment, is excited to be providing Langara students and faculty with his bubble tea refreshments and isn’t worried about competition from other vendors on campus.
Previously Duke’s Gourmet Cookies & Cappuccino inhabited the location in the Langara Students’ Union (LSU), but over this past summer Sung won over LSU board members who agreed to lease him the space.
“I didn’t think I had a chance of getting it, I know everyone would want to come in here,” Sung said. “I really appreciate the student union building giving us the chance here.”
Sung commented it’s hard to compete with big names like Starbucks Coffee Company, and instead he is looking at different markets by providing friendly and affordable service. “If a Starbucks opens near you, don’t think you can beat them, that’s impossible,” Sung said.
Instead, Sung said he wants to bring the “quality of the French restaurants and the speed of McDonald’s,” providing a balance between delicacy and efficient service.
Currently, Lollipop Moment is offering seasonal pumpkin pie, but Sung said he doesn’t plan on introducing too many seasonal products this year.
“Starbucks might have 10,12 different drinks for that season, maybe that will happen next year,” Sung said. For the time being he wants to ensure his employees learn and understand his existing products.
“He’s really great, he’s really helpful because in my past experience even though I work in a bubble tea place I never got a chance to make bubble tea or coffee,” Betty Chiang, a part-time employee, said of Sung. “I’ve really learned a lot from him.”
Students also seem to be enjoying many of the products offered by Sung.
“I usually get the banana bread,” Cherie Lau said, a first-year design formation student. Adding she enjoys bubble tea, particularly the honey green tea with pearls.
Reported by Tyler Hooper