Let’s start by having you each introduce yourselves.
Chloe Chan: Hi, I’m Chloe from Mott Street Girls. I'm one of the co-founders. Anna and I started Mott Street Girls around March of 2020. Previously we were actually tour guides at the Chinese American History Museum, which during the pandemic unfortunately closed down.
Anna Huang: Hello, my name is Anna. I'm the other co-founder of Mott Street Girls. Like Chloe said, we met at the local museum here in Chinatown, where we learned about Chinese American history. We thought it was really important to spread that history to the public.
Tell us about the meaning behind Mott Street Girls and how you guys came up with that as your name.
CC: It actually took a lot of work! I feel like that's one of the most important parts of the business. It's memorable, it's catchy. Our original idea was Overheard on Mott Street. But we were making our emails and our Instagram and we were like, you know what? That's kind of clunky and long.
Then we thought of Mott Street Girls, because it's not only named after one of the historic streets of Chinatown, but also the acronym is MSG which is a condiment frequently used in Chinese cooking, but also in other cuisines as well.