Ariboba Joe aims to open in January of 2024 pending any “hiccups in construction” owner Ari Storms told What Now Dallas.
Storms explained the inspiration behind the upcoming boba shop to What Now Dallas saying, “During the summer of 2019, my family and I had briefly lived in Palmdale, California where we found ourselves submerged in food and drink options.”
She said “copious amounts of boba” were one of the stand-out features of her California stent.
“Day after day each family member would pass around the different flavor they decided to try, and it was always so interesting to try something new like taro or matcha. That’s where the love for boba started. A tasty drink and snack in one.”
Though her family originally only joked about opening a boba shop, Ari brought it up more seriously in 2023.
“I came to a realization that college is not something I wanted immediately after high school so I decided to sit my parents down. I said, ‘So what if hypothetically I were to not go to college and the money we would spend on college goes to the boba shop we joked about instead?’ It came as quite a shock to me that they were so on board with the idea since it’s a dream scenario for me.”
And so the work began. The family opted against a franchise in order to have full control of their products and atmosphere.
“Ariboba Joe was born out of a dream to create a clean, warm, inviting space where people of all ages can gather, and sip, savor or slurp and simply unwind,” Ari said. “Our menu pays homage to the traditional art of bubble tea while infusing it with a dash of contemporary creativity, intermingling flavors and cultures from around the globe.
“We want to be the perfect place for both purists and adventurous palates and cater to different dietary preferences by offering diary-free, keto alternatives and customization levels. Ensuring better quality beverages by crafting and brewing in-house, and carefully selecting blends of tea and coffee, we hope our customers will appreciate is our goal. We have collaborated with local roasters and tea suppliers who prioritize fair trade and high quality.”
The small, family and woman-owned shop has yet to establish a website or social platforms, but encourages locals to stop by to experience boba and bubble waffles firsthand in the new year.