Makenna Goertzen, Charly Dixon
Drink shops have popped up all around Idaho Falls, although one unique place stands out from the crowd. Betty’s Boba is a bubble tea and waffle truck located on 1st street near Planet Doom. It is owned and operated by Shaunna Becker, Collin Becker, Abigail Freeman, and others. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Betty’s Boba offers a unique and delicious experience of bubble tea and Thai-inspired food. The Bonneville Buzz were incredibly lucky to interview Shaunna and Collin Becker and know more about this small family business.
28-year-old Collin Becker was the primary influence for opening a boba truck. Collin explained how he found his desire to bring boba to Idaho Falls. “I was sitting at a Thai restaurant three years ago; people were coming in, and they were just getting bobas… I thought that’s something I need to fill, have a mobile place where you can get food but dedicated to boba.” With his mother, Shuanna Becker’s financial support, Collin learned how to make boba, researched the electrical aspects of a food truck, and eventually built their trailer. Collin installed almost everything in the trailer. Without his dedication and help from his family, his dream of opening a boba truck may not have been feasible.
Abigail Freeman, daughter of Shaunna Becker, designed the catchy name Betty’s Boba to appeal to younger generations. More importantly, the title references their family dog nicknamed “Betty,” who fell ill with Canine Parvovirus as a young puppy and nearly passed from it. Shaunna stated how the name is genuinely sentimental, “We almost lost her [when she was a puppy], so she’s become something really special to us.” The meaning behind the name truly adds sentiment to this business.
Shaunna described how for a long time, it was just her and her children at home. She has been a single mom for 12 years and has worked with special needs individuals for 14 years. She even adopted special needs children. However, She decided to do something different when her kids brought up opening a boba truck. She hopped onto the idea and assisted her kids through every step. She stated that she has had many great experiences and wants to support her kids the best way she can.
From experience, this is an exceptional place to visit and hang out. The owners are incredibly kind and genuinely motivated. They are trying their best to get this business up and running. The boba and food are delicious and a great way to try something new. We will be revisiting them. When looking for an enjoyable and unique place to grab a drink or snack, The Buzz wholeheartedly recommends Betty’s Boba.