Taiwanese American co-founders and best friends, Alice Cherng and Belinda Wei, opened the all natural plant-based creamery in 2017 to bring diversity in flavors and ingredients to the vegan ice cream market, ranging from nostalgic Asian flavors like buttery Taiwanese Pineapple Cake to globally-inspired flavors like a tahini-based Halva. With 16 made-from-scratch
chef-driven flavors on rotation each quarter, Dear Bella Creamery provides the largest variety of vegan ice cream flavors in California - if not the entire nation. Best of all, every ingredient is 100% all natural and void of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, refined sugars, and hydrogenated oils found in most ice creams. Chef Wei brings years of experience at the helm of pastry programs at Cafe Gratitude, The Springs LA, and Erewhon to her original recipes and techniques. Dear Bella Creamery is available for nationwide shipping, with a storefront in Los Angeles, and a second store debuting in Costa Mesa summer 2022.

What's special about your business? 

We offer high-quality plant-based ice cream and frozen desserts in innovative and delicious flavors that tell stories.

What influenced you to seek help from SCORE? 

To get support starting a food business for the first time.

What's great about my mentor? 

As first-time business owners, we were pretty clueless about opening an ice cream shop. Luckily, we met Phil, who always encouraged and validated our plans and efforts. He shared with us his extensive restaurant experience and business knowledge, which provided us with the necessary confidence to go out and build a restaurant on our own. Even when it was inconvenient for him to meet with us, Phil still went out of his way to continue coaching us. We left our meetings with him every time with more courage and inspiration. To us, Phil was like our business guardian angel, who was both wise and kind. A major part of our startup success and opening our store we attribute to Phil. We feel so lucky to have met him.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting a small business? 

Find your tribe!

What would you tell a fellow business owner about SCORE? 

It's a wealth of knowledge free for entrepreneurs. It's a no-brainer!

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