Thuy was born and raised in Vietnam. After the fall of South Vietnam, her father was a part of the Vietnamese boat migration, known as the” boat people.” After her father safely landed in Thailand, Thuy & her family immigrated to Seattle.
Living and working in Down Town St. Pete since 1999, Thuy has embraced the ongoing development of DTSP. “I love St. Pete because it has a big city feel in a small town.”
A total entrepreneur in ever sense of the word, Thuy has thrived in our city. In addition to owning La V, she owns two nail salons, Tropez (bar & restaurant) & a food cart and is under construction for a dry cleaning business. She has fully embraced the can-do attitude of our city.
Thanks for sitting down with me Thuy!
Question: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
Answer: “ Definitely my mother! I grew up with my mothers home cooking. When I was going to school at USF, I opened my first business, a deli serving Vietnamese sandwich and coffee. I opened it when I was 21. La V was born 8 years ago…moving from a small space to a full service restaurant.”
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in DTSP, and what do you love there?
A: “Since I grew up in Vietnam, I have adapted all to all Asian food. Lemon Grass would be my go-to restaurant. I love all their spicy Thai food. My favorite dish their is the spicy seafood salad. They make it special for me.”
Q: How long have you lived or worked in DTSP?
A: “I have worked in DTSP for 8 years.”
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in DTSP? Who would you like to see nominated as a Face of DTSP?
A: “I am lucky to have meet so many interesting people here in St. Pete! Phil Yost is definitely the most interesting person I have meet. He runs Compass Title Co. in Tampa Bay area.”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: “I would travel to Bali, Indonesia! I have never been and the pictures look amazing! The people and the culture of Bali really interest me. I do yoga regularly & would love to go to Bali & do some outdoor yoga. The city of Ubud has some yoga retreats that look perfect for me!”
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theater?
“I just recently saw the new “Joker” movie. It was really dark but I loved it. It was well done. The first movie I remember seeing in a theater is “Titanic.”
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: “Work hard, be patient & stay humble.”
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: “I would like to go skydiving. I am afraid of heights & I would like to see if I can over come that fear.”
Q: What is your favorite music/ 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: “My favorite music is Frank Sinatra & that style of music. I am an old an soul when it comes to Music. Three bands I would like to see: Frank Sinatra, Imagine Dragons & Usher.”
Q: What current / former local business makes you the most nostalgic about DTSP?
A: “Tropez, right next store to La V. I love the crafts cocktails & the bar has a great feel to it. It is a very inviting & sophisticated bar.”
Q: Choosing anyone alive and a non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in DTSP would you have lunch?
A: “I would like to have lunch with Leo DiCaprio. I think he is an extremely talented actor. He really prepares himself for every role. I would take him to La V & show him how good our food is here.”
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about DTSP?
A: “I love all of the bars & restaurants. The DTSP restaurant scene is great & there are so many options to choose from. There are a lot of creative restaurants in DTSP.”
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: “I see myself to continue to work & continue to build my different business. In addition to La V, I have two nail salons, Le Nail & Nouvelle. I also own Tropez with a partner (next door) and lastly I am under construction for a dry cleaning business here in St. Pete with a partner. I hope to continue to expand. The city of St. Pete has been good to me & has really supported me so that I have the ability to expand.”
Q: (Even for friends or family), what is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: “That I am a snow leopard! I am a solo traveller and highly elusive but I am very visible around my businesses, I am also able to blend into my businesses so that I can monitor them and gain customers relationships.
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: “Relax, comfortable, & at ease.”
Q: Who would you like to see nominated for this project, The Faces of DTSP?
A: “I think you should interview Jason Saal. He is my manager. A very interesting person.”
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: “Leo DiCaprio. I think he is a phenomenal actor.”
Q: If you had a full time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose? Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer, or Nanny?
A: “I would definitely choose a full time driver.”
The Faces of Downtown St. Pete was created to showcase the diverse community we live in & the wonderful people that make it so special. If you would like to nominate someone interesting for this project, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org