Meet Thanh-Nga Nguyen, the owner of ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli in Seattle’s Little Saigon neighborhood. Thanh-Nga’s deli serves up all vegan food that is “100% made with love”. They make their own tofu and vegan mayonnaise and make everything from scratch and buy supplies from other local small businesses.  

Get to know more about Thanh-Nga and ChuMinh Tofu and Vegan Deli in this week’s Business Q&A.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Why is it important to you and your business that people #SpendLikeItMatters?
It is important that people #SpendLikeItMatters [and] spend their money at diverse small businesses because their support will allow us to continue our business for many, many more years and to continue providing tasty food, gifts, and services to our customers.

As a business owner, what’s the strangest or craziest idea you’ve ever tried?
As a business owner, I have not had many strange or crazy ideas. But I did have an idea 3 years ago that ended up being my best idea, which was giving away free meals to the houseless community in the neighborhood every Sunday.

What are some of your favorite local businesses and why?
My favorite local businesses are Hau Hau MarketViet-WahLam Seafood MarketSaigon Vietnam Deli and Lucky An Dong. My most favorite local business is my neighbor, Bubble Tea Fresh Fruit Juice. We’ve been neighbors for a while now and I and my employees enjoy their juice and drinks a lot!

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