J&M’s street mango and its secret to a healthy business

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WHO would have thought that the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected several countries in the world due to lockdowns and restrictions it had caused, is a blessing in disguise for some people?

Couple Miraluna Sotis and Jason Dela Torre of Barangay Tabok in Mandaue City, Cebu consider the pandemic as such, as although they lost their jobs because of it, it gave them the “J&M, The Famous Street Mango” store.

The store, located in Barangay Tabok, is now making a buzz online because of its sauces, which, according to some customers, are somewhat similar to the trending Thai fruit dip in Thailand.

Miraluna, 25, a former restaurant server, and Jason, 24, a former waiter, said they lost their jobs at the height of the pandemic in 2020 and that they had to work hard to be able to survive.

With P3,000 as capital, they opened their business but they never expected it to become a social media trend.

"At first, nahadlok jud mi kay nawad-an na mi’g trabaho, wala nami laing source of income. Nabalaka mi’s umaabot. Until nakahuna-huna mi’g idea mag negosyo," said Miraluna.

They started selling ripe mangoes, but one of their customers asked them if they could sell green mangoes.

"Prutas among gipili kay amo man gung gilantaw nga gamay ra namaligya og prutas diri sa amo. Dayun kahunahuna mi nga para mupatok ni, di ni dapat basta mangga lang," said Jason in an interview on July 8, 2022.

(We chose to sell fruits because we've noticed that only a few sell them in our area. We just made ours more unique to attract customers.)

Miraluna and Jason offered their mangoes with a homemade sauce to make them extra special. They started with chili salt. Now, they also have special bagoong, sweet chili, and kimchi sauces.

From mango, they also expanded to include cotton fruit (santol), guava, star fruit (balimbing), white turnip (singkamas), and pomelo in their menu.

Prices vary, but fruit tubs range from P75 to P100, while fruit party bilao costs P450 to P1,300 (good for 50 people).

They started selling 10 fruit tub containers a day, but this had grown to 120 containers.

Asked about their reaction on their sauces being compared to Thailand’s famous fruit dip, the couple said they were overwhelmed as they only came up with the sauces using their own recipes.

They said aside from selling the best quality of fruits, their secret is giving their buyers excellent customer service.

"Always greet customers even though there are times we have customers that are not in a good mood. Customers are always right," said the couple.

J&M, the Famous Street Manggo, which is located specifically on P. Suico Street in Mandaue City, opens from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays. On Sundays, they open for a half-day operation.

The store also accepts orders through delivery apps and their Facebook page. (HIC)

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