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Small Business Spotlight: Mantra Matcha

By Mandi Kreisher

We are celebrating businesses we love here at BCB! Meet Katie from Mantra Matcha! Read our interview below to find out how she does it all.

 

Name: Katie

Name of company (if applicable): Mantra Matcha

IG handle: @mantramatcha

FB URL: Shop Mantra Matcha

Kid(s) and Ages (If applicable): 3 kids. Sloan is 5; Mazie is 3; Naomi is 1.

Where do you live/are you located? We  live in the suburbs of Chicago

How and why did you start your business?

Having been in the fitness industry for the last 7 years, health has been a top priority of mine. And as a mom of 3 girls, I always had a coffee on hand. Between work, parenting, and lot of caffeine, I still found myself exhausted. One day I was in Starbucks and noticed someone drinking an eye-catching venti green drink, which turned out to be matcha. Matcha is superfood powerhouse form of green tea loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and a variety of health benefits (such as increased metabolism and steady energy without the crash). I then learned Starbuck’s matcha is nothing more than sugar, genetically modified ingredients, and low-grade matcha green tea powder. Other matcha I found online was not much better. And the quality ones I did find, tasted almost like grass. This is when the idea my company was born.

The business concept of Mantra Matcha was brought to life in a business incubator, The Hatchery, which is located in Chicago. Through this incubator, our matcha recipes came to life with a team of great people that also formulated products for companies such as Kraft & Starbucks. Our signature packaging had design input from the same people behind RX Bars. It’s been surreal seeing the business come from a seed of an idea to a fully-operation company today!

When did you start your business? How has the pandemic affected it?

We launched last June 2021. The pandemic affected us in the beginning with the struggle to not be face to face with consumers but have found ways around it and learned the benefits to continue to build the brand around an online sold product.

How might your business change when the pandemic is over (if at all)?

We don’t believe it will change much, as we will continue to meet the needs of our consumers through online sopping.

What would someone be surprised to learn about your business?

Matcha, can be made in 100’s of different ways and isn’t only used with water. The ways you can incorporate Matcha into your day are endless including food recipes, drinks, smoothies, etc.

What is one piece of advice for new business owners that you wish someone told you beforehand?

Don’t let the set backs deter you. Something is going to come up at almost every step of the way and instead of letting it upset you, find the positive and ways you can move around it to keep going!

 

 

When you have time to yourself, what do you like to do that isn’t business related?

I love a great workout! I feel it is so important to take the time to take of yourself and workout or do something to keep your mind and body moving daily.

If you have children, how do you handle running your business and raising them? Any #parenthackstoshare?

I keep my girls very busy with dance, gymnastics, trips to the park, pool, and a variety of other classes. They are always on-the-go but love to have fun! This allows me to know they are enjoying things they love and allows me to work.

Do you have parent guilt? How do you combat it?

Yes, it is hard to balance everything. I try to make the days and times we do get together extra special and enjoy each minute that we get together.

 

 

RAPID FIRE…

Last show you binged: Who killed Sara season 3 on Netflix

Last book you read: The Paris Appartment, by Lucy Foley

Go-To (Family) Dinner: Wildfire

Favorite Beverage (Adults): Kim Crawford

Favorite Take out: Good & Fresh Bakery in Glenview

Favorite Dessert: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Summer or Winter? Summer

Thanks Katie for sharing with us. You can visit Mantra Matcha on Instagram and Facebook and let them know how much you enjoyed reading about them here at BCB!

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