There’s a new café in town. Across from the Manumea Hotel at Vailima, is the newly opened Blended Taste Cafe.
Owner, Azarel Mariner Maiai, told the Samoa Observer she called her café Blended Taste for one reason - to provide a variety of food to satisfy customers.
“Blended taste aims to bring different food to different people,” Mrs. Maiai said.
“I think that Vailima is a very good place given that a lot of our community live up here in this area and there are not many options for food going on, so we wanted a small café to cater for the traffic that is going up and down every day.”
Outside of the café, you will enjoy the vibrant colours that portray the meaning behind the name Blended Taste. As a woman of strong faith, the colours also portray the wonders of the mystery ahead of her.
“Looking at Blended Taste, I wanted something that was real and represented who we are. There are carvings of Bible scriptures in there mainly because everything that this business has earned was God-given.
“We handpicked bright colours because they bring meaning and at the same time illustrates that we are not just providing food, but a place where you can just relax and enjoy your coffee.”
The fulltime working mother, who is a newbie to running a business, says establishing Blended Taste was a challenge and despite the busyness, she wanted to try something new in 2018.
“I never wanted to go down this path, but I guess the New Year’s resolution is also trying something new and trusting God, by letting go of yourself and just believing that God will be taking care of everything. I give it back to Him and lay it at His feet.
“I trust that He will be guiding and teaching us because this is all new for us. We can only see where He takes us and we are looking forward to it,” Mrs. Maiai added.
She believes any development that is founded in God will flourish.
“He gives us the talent to try new things and this is all very new for us, but we are daring to try it.”
Mrs. Maiai said they had rented the place for six months and there was no progress at all, but they relied on God’s perfect timing.
“I think life is all about balance as well, having to be a working mother and also having to run a business is always a challenge, but I guess this is where your trust in God comes in to balance all things in your life.
“I reckon it is good time management and all about managing your stress and eating well, also seek help from your family if you are not able to meet all the requirements that you need.”
Mrs. Maiai shares her New Year’s resolution could not have been achieved if it weren’t for the support of her families and friends.
“We were able to accomplish this from the good support of friends and families. It all started from the love for food from family members and I think that above all else God is a creative God.
“I think that is a good thing about being in Samoa, you have a lot of the support from your families and friends who are there to help.
“The success of any business is having the support of your family.”
Mrs. Maiai acknowledged the good support from the Scalini’s, their colleagues and Bonnies Complex for their helping hand.
“A lot of these are all part of God’s way of working through them to and hopefully we could help them in the future in any small way we can.
“I am grateful for people who went out of their way and helped us in building Blended Taste. We thank God for them and we pray that He will bless their businesses and whatever they place their hands on.
“We hope that in a couple of months from now that our business will grow and that it will meet the needs of the people around here.”