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Meet Ruben and Alicia Santos of Kokitos in Fort Worth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ruben and Alicia Santos.

Ruben and Alicia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
We saw a necessity in the area we lived for a place like ours. Thanks to a family member that had a similar dessert shop in Dallas, they showed us the ropes and shared some of their recipes! With the help of friends and family, we were able to open the first Kokitos on Camp Bowie Blvd in 2011 and actually make this a reality. Since then we’ve been able to grow and open our second location on McCart Ave.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
In the beginning, we had to work 24/7 because we obviously didn’t have the help and number of employees we have now. Of course, that’s normal with almost anyone starting a business but it definitely was challenging. Again, thankfully now we’re able to have an amazing staff that makes the load a little lighter!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We specialize in fruit, smoothies, and a variety of Mexican snacks. Our menu ranges from corn in a cup, to our Fruity Gummy drink and so much more. We’re most known for our drinks! Every time someone orders one they instantly take a picture.

As a company, we’re most proud of the fact that we’re able to employ and provide a living for our employees and the fact that we have very loyal customers that have been with us since the beginning. What sets us apart from others is the quality of our products, our cleanliness and the fact that we give our customers the best experience we can. There are many other places like ours out there but I think we provide a modern twist and try out best to give everyone a fun, yummy experience.

What were you like growing up?
Alicia: I started working at a very young age so that’s definitely a part of who I was growing up. I think we both had very hard-working parents and that’s something that stuck with both of us! I was the youngest of all my siblings, a little more shy than most and just always wanted to be doing what my older sisters were doing!

Ruben: I definitely agree with the fact that we were raised to be hard workers even back then! I was into superheroes and mostly just loved hanging out with my friends in our neighborhood! I was definitely not a shy kid growing up and would get grounded every now and then.

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Image Credit:
Briana Santos

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