Trendsetter to Know: Eric Caraig

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

Name: Eric Caraig

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Age: 28

Title: Co-Founder of Pop ‘N Tea Bar

Married/Single: I’m dating but we aren’t married yet, maybe soon?

Kids: Not yet.

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes…

waking up at 6ish, drive, listen to podcasts or current music that I enjoy to get me hyped. Then get to the shop and drink green tea (usually every morning). Now the fun starts…working on new concepts, creating new designs and creating cool marketing content to show the world our culture and how we created Pop ‘N Tea Bar from all those things we loved growing up to showing you all what inspires us today within the brand. Outside of the shop you can find me cooking. I love cooking, me and my girl cook quite often…besides good food, I try to stay active, if I can fit in a game of soccer during the week, I will. But it’s been very hot lately, so I haven’t been doing that much. More like chillin’ at home with the A/C blasting, maybe watching a movie and eating…lol.

I was born…

to inspire people and help people grow by sharing them my skills and my culture. Real talk though affirmations work. Anyways, I was born in Long Beach, grew up in Cypress, not too far from Bolsa Chica or the main beaches like Huntington. Also lived down the street from Matt (one of my business partners), about a couple streets away.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

is the outdoors! I love being outdoor, always loved camping or going on off-road adventures with friends and exploring.

I’m listening to…

Soulection radio, lots of vibey music. If you don’t know Soulection, check it out!

My family…

lives in Orange County, CA and is probably at the beach right now, so lucky.

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

my family.

One thing I cannot live without…

well that’s a tough one…I guess a good slice of pizza!

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a race car driver.

I’m inspired by…

everything and everyone.

The one person who motivates me is…

my mom!

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

my windshield. It just cracked…lol.

The perfect day would be…

being with the people I love the most and just having a good time. It could be anything from eating good food to traveling the world, doesn’t even have to be expensive…

My first job was…

working at a cool boba shop, at the time, and learning the ropes of a successful small business.

My favorite escape…

driving a sports car on the open road. Ever since I was young my father and uncle would always do this with me (and they would always pull the “don’t tell your mom about this…”). I love the thrill of cruising, better yet, doing it with your friends!

My life…

is great. Can’t complain, living my best life right now and there’s so much more to it.

I’m currently working on…

lots of things, but as of this exact time I’m working on creating the next best concept of Pop ‘N Tea Bar, sorry it’s a secret so can’t tell you just yet! But follow us on IG to find out at @popntea.

Always…

do your best in everything you do!

Never…

get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.

Favorite Quote…

“Checks over stripes, that’s what I like.” – Aubrey Graham

Biggest Dream…

realistically, to grow multiple businesses to support my family and future family (also to inspire the youth) along with having a couple homes in AZ. I love how you can really maximize on real estate out here, and a must, couple back at home. For sure one in OC and possibly one in LA.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

when people chew with their mouth open.



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