This month, we are celebrating one of our fun, vibrant team members: John! John loves working for Dlush because he loves his team. He appreciates their hard work and how they always have each other’s backs. This isn’t the first time John has been on a team, either. He excelled in sports, playing football, basketball, and track. John isn’t just limited to structured sports, either. He loves the outdoors more than anything in the world! He enjoys hiking, surfing, camping, boating, and anything that can feed his adventurous spirit.
John loves everything about the outdoors, especially the beauty of nature. In fact, John is planning on painting the beautiful La Jolla cliffs landscape this summer. He has always loved art, and he is excited to pursue it as a hobby alongside his future career as a HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning) Technician and Electrician. What powers this amazing man? His favorite Dlush drink, the Cucumber Mint Fizz! Next time you see John at Dlush, tell him a Kevin Hart line (his favorite comedian) and make his day!
This month, we are recognizing an amazing member of our Dlush team, Angel! Angel has been with Dlush for several years now, starting even before Dlush offered food items! In fact, he helped to develop the menu. He loves to combine his creative nature with his love for food, so working at Dlush is a perfect fit. Angel’s favorite thing about working at Dlush is that he gets to have fun while working, because the job is never dull.
Anyone who knows Angel knows that he has a good heart. He loves spending time with his family, and his favorite thing is to see people happy. Aside from work, Angel loves soccer. His favorite team is the Mexican National Team. What powers this friendly, kind person? Guardian Angel Iced Tea, of course!
This month’s team member spotlight is focused on Gregory! Gregory has been with Dlush since the summer of 2014, and he has managed to work hard while keeping a huge smile on his face since day one. Beyond the counter, Gregory pursues his passion for astronomy and astrophysics by stargazing and learning about outer space. He has a fascination with the night sky, so he is always thinking about the size of the universe, the infinity that is space, and everything that is out there. His favorite telescope is the Hubble telescope, which is fitting, since April 2015 (AKA right now) is the 25th anniversary of the Hubble telescope! Back on planet Earth, Gregory enjoys staying involved with Nu Alpha Kappa on campus, as well as staying busy with work and learning more about the universe (because there is ALWAYS more to discover). As a wise man once said, “reach for the stars, and if you don’t grab them, at least you’re on top of the world.” Curious about what powers this superstar? Gregory always goes for the Chocolate Dlush with Yummy Yoba. It’s his favorite!
Dlush wants to spotlight our very own Deyna! This San Diego native is an incredible mother, athlete, and Dlush team member. Before graduating from UCSD in 2012, Deyna ran track, was an AS Senator, was on the board for Black Student Union, and worked for Rimac. In addition to being an incredible student, Deyna is an incredible athlete. Even after having her son, she still went on to compete in Track & Field and won conference. Deyna participated in the 400 hurdles, the four by four, and the open four. Her tenacity, dedication, and amazing spirit are just some of the reasons why Dlush loves having Deyna on the team. How does she manage everything? When she needs a pick-me-up, she orders an The Dlush, because it tastes amazing and gives her a boost!
Who is that mysterious man behind the microphone? You’re probably talking about Eman (Emanuel)! Eman has been with Dlush since before Dlush came to UCSD, so he is definitely a member of the Dlush family. To help you all get to know this guy better, we asked him a few fun questions:
Dlush: If you could be a drink, which drink would you be and why?
Eman: I would be a Saigon Surge, because I am full of energy, full of sugar, and then I crash.
Dlush: Which word/phrase do you use most often behind the microphone?
Eman: Oh yeahhhh!
Dlush: What was the craziest drink order you’ve ever filled?
Eman: There was this one time when the customer asked for a Sassy B mixed with Cookies and Cream with yoba, mint, and two shots of espresso.
Dlush: What is your biggest drive in life?
Eman: I want to inspire others. I love seeing people happy, because that is what makes me happy.
Dlush: Finally, what is your favorite Dlush drink?
Eman: I love Sassy B because of the strawberry flavor with the delicious banana with ice cream.
This summer has been an exciting time for Dlush’s new UC San Diego Price Center location. Opening at the start of the year, we stress-tested our new outpost with spring semester students, staff and faculty and are now in the process of implementing some of the feedback we’ve received. From creating more healthy menu options that still taste great (I can personally vouch for this), to adding new breakfast offerings and recommitting to our philanthropic and environmentally-friendly goals, we’re excited to usher in the new school year come August. If you’re in town and around campus over the summer, definitely pop in and check it out–or weigh in on your thoughts and suggestions in the comments box below.
- When did you start working at Dlush? I started at the Fashion Valley location during high school.
- What’s your favorite drink and food item? My favorite drink at Dlush would have to be the Gingerbread Chai. Not only does it taste absolutely delicious, but for some reason the smell reminds me of Christmas morning at Grandma’s house. My favorite food item would be the turkey monster sandwich. It sounds healthy, but it’s definitely what a girl needs on a bad day (or even a good day for that matter!). It definitely covers all the taste buds.
- What do you love most about Dlush? What I love about Dlush is how unique we are–we never lose the chance to stand out and be different. We are a bright star in a dark sky.
- How did you learn to make (and remember!) all the different drinks? It was hard to remember all of the drinks at first, but after a while it became second nature.
- You’re one of the very best baristas at Dlush–so what’s your favorite drink to make? The most fun drink to make on the menu would have to be a Happy Camper. Pulsing jello in a frozen lemonade just seems like a kid’s dream.
- So what do you do when you’re not at Dlush? Other than have a job/life at Dlush, my activities on my own time are pretty intense. I’m a wife, so that speaks for itself. Keeping a healthy home is number one for me. I love to read anything I get my hands on, from the back of a cereal box to a history text book. I also love sports, especially soccer! My husband and I play together. I love to bake and have a bad sweet tooth so you know if you ever come to my house there will always be some type of dessert just waiting to be eaten. But what I really can’t live without is gym time. I’m big on exercise, health and clean living.
- How would you describe Dlush in one word? If I could sum up Dlush in one word I would say outrageous. Dlush is a place where you always want to hang out at–it’s a great place for friends.
- We’ve never seen you without a big smile on your face–what keeps you motivated? What keep me smiling would have to be thinking about how hard my husband works for us. So why not do the same? Staying on track of my goal to be as strong as my partner puts a smile on my face.
- Where do you think we will find you in 10 years? To tell you the truth, I don’t really know what I see myself doing or being in 10 years. I think about where I am and it’s hard to think about a life change. Obviously I don’t think I’ll see be working at Dlush (although I’ll still be a fan and customer!), but I do hope I’ll be at a place that bring me great happiness like Dlush does for me now.
We’re lucky to work with some pretty talented folks that share our vision for Dlush. We’re excited to share that our newest location in the Price Center at UC San Diego is already starting to garner some national attention for the high-energy design that is distinctively Dlush. Many thanks to our friends at Colkitt&Co and Hollis Brand Culture for helping us bring our vision into reality. Check out some of the most recent coverage, below.
- restaurant design+development: http://bit.ly/dlushdelights
- Food & Beverage Magazine: http://bit.ly/newguyoncampus
Q. How long have you been with Dlush?
A. I have worked at Dlush since July 2005, coming up on 9 years!
Q. How has Dlush changed (or not) over the past 9 years?
A. Since I have started at Dlush, I have treated it like my baby. In 9 years, I have watched it grow and mature so significantly, that its almost unrecognizable to the Dlush it was when I started. We have undergone a few setbacks, but have taken them as lessons that have strengthened the brand rather than weaken it. Over these 9 years we have served millions of guests and learned a ton from them as well. We are good at listening and adapting and ultimately have created a much more enduring brand then existed 9 years ago.
Q. What did you start out doing at Dlush and what do you do there now?
A. I started fresh out of college, the first “career” job for me. There was a post for a marketing and advertising intern (unpaid) at my school and I applied. I was also serving and bar-tending at the time to pay my way but somehow Dlush still won most of time as it continues to today. I started with very entry level tasks like making packages for prospective investors, organizing hiring events, helping to promote the 1 store we had through marketing and worked to develop infrastructure for a corporate division in order to open many more Dlush outlets. While I still do all those entry level tasks today, they have evolved into something I could never have imagined at the time. I make may make those investment packages but I also participate in those prospective investor meetings and present right alongside the founder. I organize hiring events or oversee the organization of them and then I do the hiring and decide who I want on my team. I continue to help market the brand but now we have many more stores and I help with the overseas marketing by traveling to our stores in Kuwait and Doha, Qatar. The corporate office is comprised of myself and the founder so my start as an unpaid intern has developed into being the number 2 in the company- not too bad!
Q. What’s one menu item that you constantly crave?
A. I drink the Naked Angel Ice-T drink every time I’m at Dlush. It’s my favorite and its amazing. Now that we offer food at the UCSD location, I crave a lot more than just tea! I think the Japanese Soba Salad of the Cous Cous Goddess are delicious and put some filet mignon or chicken on them-mmmm!
Q. If you could sum up Dlush in one word, what would it be?
A. Opportunity. I have never failed to see the bigger picture at Dlush. I see this brand for what it truly is–a fantastic product and a unique experience. Our only goal is to make our guests happier when they leave then they were when they came in. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless. Our endeavors to give back to the community and to be a San Diego brand have lead us to participate and help in some amazing causes, meet tons of influential people and of course support a huge passion of mine- San Diego Charger Football!
As I said before, Dlush has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people- influential business leaders, celebrities, professional athletes, etc.- and to travel to unique places- Kuwait, Dubai, Qatar, Vietnam and I am so thankful for all of them. But the most amazing memory to this day was when I emailed Howard Schultz (CEO of Starbucks) about the impending loss of our flagship store at Fashion Valley Mall and after reading my email, he called me directly on my cellphone to speak to me about the store and what I was hoping he could do for me. Although this conversation did not change what happened, having a mentor like that take the time of out his day to call me on the phone was truly the most amazing thing that has happened to me to this point.
Q. Can you share a favorite Dlush memory with us?
A. I have so many, it’s hard to say! Company parties, retreats and just time we get to spend together as a family makes me super happy. The people that have worked at Dlush throughout the years are wonderful young adults and I am always happy to get to work with them and especially spend time with them both on and off the field.
Q. How do you balance the demands of a growing business with your personal life? Any tips or tricks for us?
A. Work hard. Play hard. Period.
I am very blessed to love what I do so much and be so passionate about it that it doesn’t seem like work (well most of the time…:)) but I am just as passionate about my family, my friends, my boyfriend and traveling that I make time for that as well. I also work out with a trainer 5 times per week. Everything is about time management and making time for what truly matters.
Q. Dlush just opened a location at UC San Diego. Can you tell us about what it’s like being part of the on-campus community?
A. It’s so great! I love the youth and vitality of a college campus, especially UCSD where many of the future leaders of San Diego are attending. This is a complete turning point for us and a way to create a flagship space at an institution that shares our values — education and helping to develop children and young adults is the most important thing we can do.
Q. Philanthropy and social entrepreneurship is core to the Dlush mission. We’re curious what causes you’re personally most passionate about.
A. While I was in college, I had many girlfriends affected by breast cancer in their families so that has always been a cause I have supported. I have walked the 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk 5 times and was so happy last year when Dlush gave out drinks for the 5K Race for a Cure. I also love our partnership with the Entrepreneurship Department at USD! That school is very important to me and to still be involved with it is important to me.
While there are so many other great causes out there and so much need, my favorite causes always center around children. We do many great things for the Rady Children’s Hospital and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. I am very proud to be apart of a socially responsible organization. Last year I went on a giving trip with Toms shoes and was able to give out the Toms shoes to children in Honduras. Watching a company put their money where their mouth is is an important step to a brighter future.
Q. We have to ask: Have you tried every single item on the menu?
A. Of course! And everything is delicious!