Trendsetter to Know: Benson Tran

Benson (right) with co-founders of Pop ‘N Tea Bar Eric Caraig (left) and Matt Kwong (middle).

Name: Benson Tran

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Age: 30, but still a kid at heart

Title: Co-Founder of Pop ‘N Tea Bar

Married/Single: Not single, not married, but putting a ring on it.

Kids: Someday

City you live in: Avondale

A typical day in my life includes…

waking up between 6:30 am – 7:00 am, letting my dogs out so they can do their business, and then I get ready for the day. I run two businesses so my first stop for the day will be my nail salon, Aloha Nails & Spa. Around 2 pm, I am on my way to Pop ‘N Tea Bar. Oh, almost forgot somewhere from morning to 2 pm I fueled myself with a cold brew coffee. I get right to business and do what I need to do at Pop ‘N Tea Bar until 5 or 6 depending on the day. Leaving Pop ‘N Tea I sit in traffic for 45 minutes to get home. Once home, I chill out for a bit and wait for my girlfriend to come home and we’ll have dinner together. After dinner it’s a movie, a show, or something entertaining to watch to wind down for the night and get ready to do it again tomorrow.

I was born…

in Boston, Massachusetts, but grew up in sunny Southern California.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

is the outdoors during fall, winter, and spring. There is such a thing as nice weather in AZ, lol.

I’m listening to…

Ben Baller’s podcast ‘Behind the Baller’ currently, or my playlist on Spotify consisting of mainly hip-hop.

My family…

is beautiful and very supportive in everything I do. I am blessed and grateful to have them in my life.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Lewis Hamilton, because I always wanted to be a race car driver.

One thing I cannot live without…

ice cream and we’ll leave it at that.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

an astronaut.

I’m inspired by…

great minded people and their dedication to their craft.

The one person who motivates me is…

my girlfriend Mimi, she keeps me in check and pushes me to continue to moving forward.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

to stop violence. We don’t need that and it doesn’t help or fix anything.

The perfect day would be…

simply just at home with my girlfriend and our dogs hanging out, doing nothing.

My first job was…

at a teashop where I fell in love with the environment, the idea, and the business.

My favorite escape…

driving with my favorite podcast or songs and just cruising.

My life…

be like, ooh ahh ooh…jk…my life is great and I can’t complain. I am blessed everyday.

I’m currently working on…

the same thing I’ve been doing with Matt and Eric and that is to build Pop ‘N Tea Bar to become bigger than we can imagine.

Always…

stay humble, work hard, and be grateful for what you have.

Never…

give up during time of distraught.

Favorite Quote…

“If you love what do and do what you love, then you love what you do.” – Levi Bent-Lee

Biggest Dream…

is to become successful and a role model to my brothers.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

when someone shows a face of disgust when they haven’t tried something yet. Really grinds my gears, lol!



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