“We didn’t think a lot about what could happen, the what-ifs—what if we have financial problems, what about COVID-19,” Wang said.
Wang and Li considered multiple names for their coffee shop. They coined the word Beanvoy because it reminds them of the long international voyage each coffee bean takes to reach their coffee shop in Southlake.
Before opening, Wang said he steeped himself in learning as much about the industry as possible. Along the way, he met Martin Rojas, an experienced coffee roaster, who proved to be a valuable asset in connecting Wang and Li with industry vendors. Rojas also helped train the business owners and baristas on how to use the equipment.
Although opening the business during the pandemic was not ideal, Wang said he has been able to see some benefits in hindsight.
“We did a lot of learning in the beginning,” Wang said. “It was kind of good for us that a lot of customers didn’t come in together, so it gave us time to try different things.”
Their most popular menu items are espresso, cold brew coffee and boba tea. In addition to their assortment of beverages, they carry sandwiches made in-house and fresh items from Pinch of Salt Pastries in Southlake and Main Street Bistro & Bakery in Grapevine.
Now that they have been open a year, they are happy to say they have many regular customers.
“We wanted to build a place for the local community to gather friends together, have a cup of coffee and chat,” Wang said.
Beanvoy Coffee Lounge, 2801 E. Southlake Blvd., Ste. 100, Southlake. 682-477-4090 www.beanvoycoffee.com Hours: Mon.–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m.,Sat. 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m., closed Sun.