Meet Mark! Our Pop'D Proprietor
What was the first thing that gave you the idea of making Pop'D soda?
Oh man, I wish I could say it was my idea, but it was all Sophie! I had been connected with the Lancaster business community through Assets' Social Enterprise Pitch contest, a competition for business owners focused on helping people and the planet. I was working to support young entrepreneurs and wanted to expand this business concept by adding more Pop’D products to the menu (popcorn, popsicles, and pressed poptoast sandwiches) and opening a snack shack. When I told Sophie, she realized that people were gonna need a crisp, refreshing drink to wash down those munchies. So she went to work creating the most flavorful drinks she could!
Thus Pop’D was born!
We know that failure goes hand in hand with success, so what is one failure you've experienced?
Which Pop'd product is your favorite?
The Tummy Tamer!! It's so unique. And I swear it elevates my mood. There's no added sugar. It's spicy, but not too hot. Mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm!! Gimme more.
What are some interesting facts about yourself that most people don't know?
I gave up my steady full-time job as an energy attorney to get things pop'n at a popcorn shop! I'm a Pennsylvania State Champion in Track & Field. Our team won the Team Championship for AAA Boys in 2004 and the gold in the 4x800 meter relay. (Shout out to that crew, our coaches, and Ryan Whiting who went on to become an Olympian.) In doing so, us four knuckleheads set school records in the 4x800 and the 4x400 meter relays, at least one of which I believe still stands almost 15 years later. I'm kinda peculiar and maybe a bit eccentric? I like analog film photography, (we can attest that Mark is an amazing photographer) tie dye, embroidery, cyanotype printing, and foraging plants. A female Tabby cat named Pumpkin Pie adopted me. She's a precious rescue kitty, and I love her.
If you could have any super power, what would it be?
Oh man. I think my super power would be helping fight anxiety and depression. Ha! That would be nice. ️
We love nothing more than getting up close and personal with the people who keep Pop’D poppin! Check out our blog about Mia, our social media manager, and stayed tuned for more fun Pop’D team blogs!