Two TCU seniors are introducing healthier food options on campus with their new business.
Entrepreneurial management majors Sophia Karbowski and Austin Patry recently started a business called Rollin’ n Bowlin’, which serves fresh açaí bowls, pitaya bowls, smoothies and juices. The idea, which started as a class project last year, grew into a small business that Karbowski and Patry plan to expand on after graduation.
“Over winter break we kept talking about how there is nothing that’s quick and healthy that TCU students can get in between classes or for breakfast that’s close to campus,” said Karbowski. “We wanted to capitalize on the fact that there is nowhere else in Fort Worth where their main thing is that they serve is açaí bowls.”
Though their business is only a few months old, Karbowski and Patry have already sold around 70 açaí bowls, which cost about nine dollars each.
They run the business out of Karbowski’s house.
“So far it has spread through word of mouth,” said Patry. “Right now we’re doing a lot of testing as far as recipes and portions, and we are working on the business plan where we’re going to figure out how much everything costs and our marketing strategy.”
Karbowski and Patry credit their rapid growth to the use of social media sites like Snapchat and Instagram.
They’ve created a website and an account on both platforms for Rollin’ n Bowlin’.
“Our end goal is opening up a storefront near campus, where students can walk to and from,” said Karbowski. “But for now, we settled on the idea of a food truck that we could drive around campus.”
The pair has their sights set on a food truck in Arizona and is working on the logistics of finalizing their plans.
“We do want to do a little bit of crowd funding and raise as much money as we can,” said Patry. “We don’t want to get investors involved because we want this to be our thing so we can control it as we wish.”
They plan to continue their business endeavor after graduation, but for now, they are content with marketing their brand out of Karbowski’s home.
“We just need to finish the business plan and nail everything down and so, once we do graduate, we have everything set up and we can focus on it full time,” said Patry.
For now, students are encouraged to use Rollin’ n Bowlin’s social media accounts and website to contact them.