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Community Highlights: Meet Vlad and Diana Orlov(a) of Waffle-Licious

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vlad and Diana Orlov(a).

Hi Vlad and Diana, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
We love to explore good, homemade food and unique places. During one of our travels, we were fortunate to try this delicious dessert, i.e., bubble waffle. That was when we realized that in the U.S., this concept is not fully developed yet. We instantly thought of sharing this dessert with people in our community. We would love everyone to try this dessert and view us as their friends rather than another business.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Owning a business is a new life experience for us. If you are like us, just starting, we encourage you not to be intimidated by it and to perceive it as something that will make you stronger in the long term. Of course, like any new business, we encountered some challenges while fulfilling city requirements. As for our challenges, we have to reiterate that, as of now, our location is relatively small. Thus, we had fewer problems and difficulties. The bigger the place you have, the more obstacles you are likely to encounter. Besides that, like any caring business owner, we want our friends (customers) to love our product instead of making a profit. Therefore, we have spent countless hours developing and perfecting our recipe and finding the right distributors. Also, we are incredibly proud that the ice cream we plan to serve our bubble waffles with is farm-made.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Waffle-Licious is a small cozy waffle shop owned by a young couple who wants to share this amazing dessert with the local community. To be precise, a bubble waffle is a Chinese Hong Kong sweet snack made in a special waffle iron. The main ingredients include eggs, flour, milk, and sugar. We believe that this gem has been long hidden from us. Therefore we have decided to take on the responsibility of making the first introductions. Not only did we polish it to perfection, but we also let you play a key role in creating the qualities of your gem by fully customizing it. We hope you will like the result and become as passionate about this unique waffle as we are! We promise you that once you try it, you will keep coming back. We love people and smiles, and we can’t stress enough how much we love good food! ​Speaking of good food, did we already mention that our 100% made-from-scratch waffles come with local farm-made ice cream? Not only do we want to support our local farmers and small businesses by collaborating with them, but also we believe that our friends, i.e., customers, deserve the best in everything, including delicious, high-quality, homemade food. As for the offerings, not only do we have bubble waffles, but we also serve milkshakes and hot and iced coffee. The milkshakes are made with the same rich farm-made ice cream and are fun to create. Just like with the waffles, you can create your milkshake.

What changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
We are incredibly passionate about what we are doing and hope to expand. We would love people in other places and states to get to know our product. Waffle-Licious is a family-oriented business, and, ideally, several years from now, we would love to start catering for birthday parties and festivals. We want our friends always to feel welcomed and cared for. Thus we will do anything to create that unforgettable experience and cozy environment. We hope that our place will eventually become your sanctuary.

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