I moved to New York from Bangkok in the early 2000s to attend graduate school for organizational management. While studying, I developed the idea and business plan for a Thai restaurant. After graduating and working in the corporate world for several years, I transitioned from corporate employee to entrepreneur in 2008 when I opened Chang Thai Cafe in Littleton, NH.
In addition to overseeing Chang Thai Café, I am a multi-passionate serial entrepreneur. Along with launching my own food product line, @by_emshika (coming soon!), I thrive on working with start-up companies as both an advisor and investor. My newest business, POP-M, opened a few doors down from Chang Thai in early 2018. It is a multi-brand shop offering coffee, tea, gifts (many by local artisans), quick bites, and frozen yogurt.
I love to learn and grow; it keeps each day fresh and new. Besides cooking, I love modern art and food styling, which keeps me more in tune with art and science.
Business New Hampshire Magazine honored me and Chang Thai in their Oct. 2015 “NH’s Top Women-Led Businesses” issue. Not long after, I was presented the Intriguing Woman Business Leader award by Gov. Maggie Hassan at the Business NH Magazine Ultimate Biz (NH) Bash 2016.
New Hampshire Magazine also named me the Face of Next Generation Leadership.
In the summer of 2016, FSR Magazine featured me and Chang Thai Cafe in their national publication, while Edible New Hampshire Magazine published a feature on Chang Thai's emphasis on sourcing local ingredients in their Holiday 2016 issue.
Earlier this year I was delighted to speak at Cherry Bombe Jubilee, a yearly event celebrating women and food in New York City. Not long after that I was featured as an entrepreneur from Littleton in New Hampshire Business Review.