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Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor

Blog of Emshika Alberini: Restauranteur, Advisor, Investor

 

Chang Thai Café Celebrates 10 Years

Meg Brown

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Emshika Alberini had a successful corporate career by the time she relocated to Littleton. Just over ten years ago, she never would have considered herself a chef, despite growing up in Thailand with her entrepreneurial mother and grandmother, both of who owned and operated their own restaurants.

Emshika, however, decided to pursue a career in business, moving to the U.S. initially to earn a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Sage College in Albany, N.Y.

The inspiration for her now popular Chang Thai Café came from Alberini’s sister, Ann. “I talked with my sister a lot after I moved to Littleton,” Alberini explained. “I was missing my family and planned to open a restaurant with Ann so she could be near me. I would manage the business, she would manage the cooking.”

Alberini continued, “Dreaming of our future helped me cope with everyday life so much easier.”

Then suddenly, the dream was put on hold on Alberini’s birthday in 2007. “I received a phone call at 5 a.m. I thought Ann was calling to say happy birthday, but it was the police in New Jersey calling to tell me she had passed away from a fire in her apartment.”

 Many of Chang Thai’s recipes came from Emshika’s mom.

Many of Chang Thai’s recipes came from Emshika’s mom.

 Her mom is one of the chefs at Chang Thai.

Her mom is one of the chefs at Chang Thai.

In grief, Alberini continued working in the corporate world. She wasn’t a chef and she didn’t know how to cook, so how could she start a restaurant on her own? “But then I remembered,” revealed Alberini, “I love to eat!”

Alberini took action with zero money and a business plan she had written in college. Bank after bank turned her down, until a family member allowed her to borrow a credit card and Alberini saved enough in a small savings account. Soon after, Chang Thai Café opened on Main Street on Oct. 31, 2008.

Despite early setbacks and Alberini expecting her first child, Chang Thai Café took off. Within the first year Alberini was able to pay off her start-up costs and Chang Thai has since been awarded Editor’s Pick Upscale Thai Restaurant by New Hampshire Magazine and Viewer’s Choice Thai Food by WMUR viewers.

Chang Thai has also been named a Top Woman-Led Business and Alberini a Most Intriguing Woman Business Leader by Business New Hampshire Magazine. Earlier this month, Cherry Bombe Magazine, a publication for women in the food industry, also listed Alberini on the Cherry Bombe 100. She was invited to speak at the annual Cherry Bombe Jubilee earlier this year in New York City. Alberini, a believer in continuous growth, is currently developing a food and beverage line inspire by her family recipes.

With 2018 marking Chang Thai Café’s tenth anniversary, Alberini is reflecting on how the restaurant got started. “I entered the food industry as a result of Ann’s spirit and have felt her guiding me ever since,” said Alberini. “Chang Thai is dedicated to her. I believe that we EAT WITH LOVE, which is what Chang Thai Café is all about.”

For more information, visit www.changthaicafe.com or call (603)444-8810.

Local chef invited to speak at Cherry Bombe Jubilee

Meg Brown

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NEW YORK CITY—Emshika Alberini, owner and chef of Littleton’s Chang Thai Café, was invited to speak at Cherry Bombe Jubilee, a daylong conference dedicated to women in the food industry.

Jubilee was started by Cherry Bombe Magazine co-founders Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu as an outlet for women in the food industry to come together, network, make friends, and build community. The event was sponsored by Whole Foods Market New York City and included Food Network TV personality, Nigella Lawson as the keynote speaker. Alberini has been a

supporter of Cherry Bombe over the past few years and was featured on Radio Cherry Bombe in 2016.

According to Diamond on her Instagram account, “No one exemplifies the Bombe Squad better than this awesome individual. Joyous, positive, grateful, hardworking, smart. She came here from Thailand with very little and has built a small empire for herself in New Hampshire. Emshika, you’re an inspiration!”

 Local chef and businesswoman, Emshika Alberini pictured with Food Network TV personality Nigella Lawson at Cherry Bombe Jubilee, a New York City conference dedicated to women in the food industry. Alberini owns Chang Thai Café and POP-M in Littleton.

Local chef and businesswoman, Emshika Alberini pictured with Food Network TV personality Nigella Lawson at Cherry Bombe Jubilee, a New York City conference dedicated to women in the food industry. Alberini owns Chang Thai Café and POP-M in Littleton.

In her speech, “Cooking With Love,” Emshika spoke on her journey from corporate employee to restaurateur.

“I never expected to be a chef when I grew up,” Alberini revealed. “I didn’t know how to cook, so how could I start a restaurant on my own? But then I remembered- I love to eat!”

The inspiration for her now popular Chang Thai Café came from Alberini’s sister, Ann. “I entered the food industry as a result of her spirit,” Alberini explained. The sisters had planned on opening a restaurant as a way to be together. Ann tragically passed away in an accident back in 2006, heightening Alberini’s desire to start their restaurant.

“[Chang Thai Café] is dedicated to my sister and I have felt her guiding me ever since.”

This year marks Chang Thai Café’s tenth year in business. Alberini is currently working on a food and beverage line, By Emshika, and recently opened the multi-brand coffee and gift shop, POP-M a few doors down from Chang Thai Café.

“Food is more than a meal; it’s how you nourish your body and soul,” noted Alberini. “To me, food doesn’t have to be fancy. If it takes you back to a time in your memory or brings you closer to your loved ones, your food has fulfilled its mission.”

To learn more about Emshika Alberini, visit www.emshika.com. To visit Chang Thai Café, stop by their 77 Main Street location or place your take-out order on www.changthaicafe.com. To learn about Cherry Bombe Magazine, visit www.cherrybombe.com.

Crystal Lynn Design Debuts at POP-M

Meg Brown

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LITTLETON—The popular multi-brand gift and coffee shop, POP-M opened its doors a few weeks ago, welcoming visitors with a curated menu and variety of gifts made both local and afar.

Crystal Lynn Design is one local artist featured on POP-M’s shelves. Designer Crystal Knapp began making jewelry as a way to showcase her crystal collection instead of jamming them in her pockets. According to Knapp, a friend suggested wire wrapping them. “I didn’t think I would love it so much,” she explained, “but as soon as I started doing it I loved it. It’s meditative. I have to look at the shape of the piece to come up with new ideas.”

Four years later, Knapp has begun experimenting with color and learning new techniques that include soldering, working with resin, and chain mail using jump rings.

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Her display at POP-M features her resin jewelry along with her own style of bracelets that she hasn’t seen in the area. Knapp is expanding her line to include custom stamped bracelets personalized with dates or messages, resin pieces based on paintings and images, and jewelry infused with fresh and pressed flowers.

 “I really like the concept and energy of POP-M,” noted Knapp. “I like how Emshika [Alberini, owner of POP-M] is about empowering other artists and businesses. I really respect and admire that and I want to be a part of that picture.”

POP-M is debuting Knapp’s new alcohol inks, which create bright, vibrant colors reflective of the multi-brand shop.

“I have a couple of crystal pendants I plan on adding [to POP-M] as they are my favorite to work with. I’m also doing more with custom wrap pieces and matching sets of jewelry.”

Knapp designs and creates her pieces out of her studio in 42 Maple in Bethlehem. She is enjoying having her work featured at POP-M as “There’s a lot of unique items in here such as Dusty’s Palace with one-of-a-kind clothes; things that you’re not going to find anywhere else on Main Street,” she revealed. “I just try to have fun and come up with unique designs that I think will look one-of-a-kind.”

For more information on Crystal Lynn Design, visit https://crystallynndesign.com/, or check out her display at POP-M, 97 Main Street in Littleton.

Photo by MegaBug Photography
Logo by Sweet Thyme & Co.

POP-M Opens on Main Street

Meg Brown

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My new multi-brand shop has opened on Main Street!

POP-M is a unique shop teaming with vibrant colors and awash in POP art.

Here, Indie brands and local artisans mingle, bringing quality and hot-off-the press style.

Our alternative café marries healthy and fresh with luscious and decadent treats.
Come join the scene!

Open Mon-Sun 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.