meet the bao Bears
Hello there! We are Trisha and Lloyd and we are #Baonanas.. for you! Along with our Shiba Inu Iroh, spontaneity and adventure has followed us everywhere since we met in 2010. Other than hiking, traveling (when we can afford it!), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, dancing, show-binging, biking, scuba diving, reading, taming dragons, and water-bending (okay maybe the last few were made up), EATING has always been a passion of ours. Especially when it comes to dessert. We feel your pain when you scroll through Yelp, page after page, hoping to see something new and exciting. Our fantastic supporters, known as BaonanaNation, have spoken, and we’ve listened. We’re glad we’re able to share the newest game-changer full of fluffiness and love with all of you. As we pursue our education, with Trisha pursuing Law School and Lloyd pursuing Occupational Therapy, we do have to say.. #Baonanas came to life from pure serendipity!
How we got started is kinda crazy! It involves a yellow car, a broke college couple, and the generosity of family, friends, and friends-to-be.
We were just two kids from Jersey City with a homemade banana pudding that was a constant hit at our get-togethers for family and friends. On a random day in April 2014 we decided, on a whim, to make a batch of our infamous banana pudding to indulge and give some out to friends. Passing them out for free, a close friend insisted on paying for his share to help Lloyd financially recover from a minor hit and run we suffered the month before. Thus, the idea and hashtag, “#Baonanas,” was created to easily spread the word of our banana pudding. Surprisingly, our popularity on Instagram skyrocketed and we had orders left and right from family, friends, and strangers alike. We raised enough money in two months and were encouraged by our #BaonanaNation to keep this thing going!
Since then, our mission is to keep spreading the love we received by developing innovative flavors, using quality ingredients, producing small batches, launching our online store (that you’re literally on right now! haha), vending at markets and college events, and collaborating with some of the finest establishments Jersey City has to offer. So in the words of @whatislloyds from 2014..
"What started as a spontaneous little fundraiser to repair my car has transformed into a humble business for Trisha and me. #Baonanas has also given us the opportunity to catch up with many friends who have supported and continue to support us, and for that, we will be forever grateful. For those friends, we have learned what “made with love” truly means.. So to you, we say thank you."
Needless to say, if we could find the person who hit our car on that fateful day we’d probably give that person a huge 20-30 second awkward hug. =)
Bao & Bao<3