August 2015 | DINING
At Farmers Markets in Uptown and Downtown
Number of years in Oakland: 1
Flakes are a delightful and healthy frozen dessert that tastes like fresh fruit with the texture of real snow. We cut out artificial fruit syrups flavoring use in shave ice. Instead, we infuse the fruits inside the ice before it is shaved into snow. Our special combination includes fruit flakes with a scoop of ice-cream, this mixture redefine what it means to enjoy a cup of frozen dessert.
From owner, Phong Hoang
Q: What inspired you to start your business?
Growing up in Oakland, any kind of frozen dessert was a luxury in my family. My parents saved up money monthly to buy us some frozen desserts; they were tasty, but unhealthy and expensive. Oakflakes’ goal is to make sure everyone can enjoy a tasty, more healthy, and affordable frozen desserts. Shave Ice has one of the most beautiful textures (snow like), yet it is too sweet and never taste anything like the flavor intended. Our goal with flakes is to ensure quality of the fruit is captured in every single bite.
Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Oakflakes is a new kind of frozen dessert, it is fresher, healthier, and it is as beautiful as it is tasty.
Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Oakland is such a beautiful place; it is centrally located in the heart of the bay area. Food is the soul of Oakland, it is so diverse. People from all different cultures share a part of themselves through food, and I believe Oakflakes can add to this diversity.
Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Lake Merritt, Uptown, Downtown, Fruitvale district, Laurel district, Oakland Hills- each area has its own unique quality and culture. Getting to know the people of Oakland is a blessing.
Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The people! The smiles on people’s faces, the love we all share, the pride we developed, and of course THE FOOD!