Many people would say that a career in show business isn’t permanent. After all, the abundance of talent found everywhere can pose a threat to the careers of some artists in the industry. This is why some showbiz personalities opt to invest their hard earned money to something profitable in order to save for their own futures. Take, for example, Ara Mina.
In an exclusive interview with PUSH, the former sultry actress shared the small triumphs and travails she faced in business. Ara is now the successful owner of a cafe restaurant, Hazelberry Cafe. Before she could even reach the level of success in business, she shared that many of her ventures were sadly fruitless.
“Ang dami ko nang tinayong business. Nag-Italian restaurant pa ako, yung Osteria Italia na naging Osteria 88. Four years din yung tumagal,” she told PUSH. Apart from the Italian restaurant, Ara revealed that she also became a part owner of several bars including Cosmopolitan Bar and Café which closed up shop due to an altercation between the other owners.
“Sa Marikina, nag-put-up naman ako ng Café Mina na one year lang tumagal. Sinarado ko yon bago mag-Ondoy. Tapos nagtayo kaming Bubble Gang Toppings nina Ogie (Alcasid), Bitoy, Rufa Mae, etcetera. Mga eight months din lang yon tumagal,” Ara added.
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Apart from restaurants, Ara admitted that she also tried to dabble on talent management. In fact, she said that she had put up a casting and talent management agency in the past. “Naalala mo, nag-casting agency, yung Posh Model. Naging talent pa namin noon si Uma Khouny bago siya pumasok ng PBB,” she recalled.
Because of the things she experienced in managing restaurants, at some point, Ara wanted to give up on her venture. “Ayoko nang mag-restaurant, ayoko na. Nagpahinga ako ng seven years. Nag-online business na lang ako ng Ara’s Secret. Pero bago yon, nagtayo muna ako ng kiosk,” she narrated.
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It was when she lied low from showbiz that Ara rediscovered her passion for baking. She shared how she had to experiment a couple of times in order to find the right recipe for her red velvet cupcakes. She also joined several bazaars in order for her products to gain exposure.
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When asked how she thinks her current business became successful, Ara only said “Nakatulong din talaga ang social media. And I can say na sa lahat ng business ko dito ako talaga pinaka-hands on kasi ako ang gumagawa. As in talagang idea ko lahat.”