We all have a favorite restaurant or coffee shop that we enjoy spending time in. You know the places that we're talking about. The barista that remembers you prefer almond milk in your coffee, or that shop owner that asks about your mother every time you check out. These are the types of establishments that really make a difference to their customers. This next story is about that but with a twist.
John and Stella Chhan
Like many others, John and Stella Chhan came to the United States from Cambodia as refugees in 1979. Ten years later, they made the wise decision to purchase a business. As hardworking citizens, the Chhans showed up to work well before the sunrise kissed the sky and they rarely took a day off from their duties.
Opening A Business
The couple ended up finding a place to settle down in California. They moved to a beachside community between Long Beach and Huntington Beach called Seal Beach. About a year after moving, Stella and John opened up a business right along the Pacific Coast Highway, in hopes that beachgoers liked donuts enough to wander into their sweet store.
The Chhans opened up a donut bakery that they named Donut City. They figured that it would be a solid business investment, especially considering how much Americans enjoyed their sweets. It wouldn't take long for the donut shop to prove that it was a very wise investment for the Chhans.
John and Stella Chhan, along with the occasional help of their two sons, did everything themselves. They made the donuts, bagels, muffins, and croissants, packaged them, cleaned the floors, refilled the donut trays, and worked the register. And they always did it with a smile on their faces and a friendly welcome to each of their customers. Eventually, though, the customers began to notice that something had changed with the Chhans.
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Where Was Stella?
All of a sudden, John was the only one doing all the work in the shop. None of the customers had seen Stella behind the counter. Was she away on a vacation? Or did something happen to the happy couple's relationship? Everyone was confused as to where their favorite donut shop owner had run off to.