We had the good fortune of connecting with Viet Dinh and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Viet, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in New Orleans and raised in Houston. Early on I knew I was very passionate about business. Both of my parents, Ha Dinh and Tuyet Vu as well as my step dad Minh Pham, were hard working small business owners. I spent my childhood in nail salons, cooking in the kitchen and selling jewelry. This fueled my passion at a young age and I always wanted to find ways to improve the business. While kids spent time dreaming about toys and games, I dreamt of opening different businesses. Houston provided the perfect backdrop to have this mentality as it’s a melting pot of minorities all hustling to provide for their families.

What should our readers know about your business?
Red Circle Ice Cream in Pearland, TX is the best dessert in the Houston area. We provide a made from scratch, high quality dessert experience ranging from churros and ice cream to bubble egg waffles and coffee. I was most excited about creating a family friendly environment for the community and believe we have achieved our goal. Our start was definitely not an easy one. We opened just 4 weeks prior to COVID-19. After having our world turned upside-down, we pivoted the business, limited the menu and began curbside. I also delivered door to door for months during this time. Through these hardships, I’ve learned that we can survive anything if we put our minds to it. I’d like everyone to know that we strive to provide the best customer experience and that we put our heart into every order. In life, you’re allowed to make mistakes. It’s the way you respond to them that define you as a person and/or business.

We’ve also began hosting Rigs and Churros on the last Sunday of every month. It is a car/truck meet geared towards Overland enthusiasts. It has really become an entity of its own with over 150+ rigs attending each meet and we are proud to be a part of it. You can see more at instagram.com/rigsandchurros.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?

If my best friend was visiting we would be visiting Chinatown every day. The itinerary would be filled with asian food, bbq, boba, desserts and picturesque locations. I’ll list a few below.

– Hermann Park
– Discovery Green
– Water Wall Galleria
– Kemah/Galveston
– Killens BBQ
– Rudy’s BBQ
– Tan Tan
– Mein
– Kata Robata
– Sushi Miyagi
– Kim Son Buffet
– Soho Chicken
– Pho 54
– Pho Duy
– Pho Ga Dakao
– Oc and Lau
– Bun Bo Hue Duc Chuong
– Mama Mia
– Mr. Wish
– Yumcha
– Kung Fu Tea (Bellaire)
– Long Coffee
– Trendy Vegan
– Red Circle Ice Cream
-Yummy Pho and Bo Ne
-Tout Suite
-All Season Seafood
-Em’s Seafood Kitchen
-Samurai Noodle

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to thank my parents. My business acumen stems from the experiences gained by observing and assisting them in business. My mom was conservative. She wanted to make sure no matter what, we would have a roof over our heads. She provided the stability I needed to dream big, but kept me grounded. My dad went for all the marbles. He was both courageous and kind in business. Not only did he want to be successful, he wanted to make sure everyone around him was happy too. He led with his heart and never let anyone doubt his ability. The true definition of fearless.

I would also like to thank my wife. Without her by my side, none of this would be possible. When nobody believes in me, she does. She pushes me to be the best version of myself and encourages all of my dreams.

Website: https://goo.gl/maps/kLQtNKYrkj22CHzn8

Instagram: instagram.com/redcirclepearland

Facebook: facebook.com/redcirclepearland

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/red-circle-ice-cream-pearland

Other: instagram.com/rigsandchurros

Image Credits
Opulent Photography

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