The owner of an Oriental market and a Vietnamese restaurant is bringing a taste of her culture to downtown Roanoke.
Shilin Bui plans to open QQ Bubble Tea at the market building this month. The business will be in a storefront accessible from Market Street, close to Habana Cafe.
In addition to bubble tea, a tea-based drink mixed with milk and fruit flavoring that contains tapioca balls, the store will sell coffee, smoothies, ice cream and milkshakes, Bui said.
She wanted to open the store because she said when she goes to New York City or Washington D.C. she sees vendors selling bubble tea, but hasn’t seen it in Roanoke. (For the record, Get, a coffee shop on Kirk Avenue, sells bubble tea, as does City Bliss on Campbell Avenue.)
Bui also owns the Fresh Oriental Market at the corner of Williamson and Liberty roads, and the Pho Viet Nam restaurant on Orange Avenue next to the Days Inn.