30 Before 30: A Side Hustle

In 2014, Carolyn Phillips and her husband created a list of 30 things they wanted to do before turning 30. One of those things was to create a side hustle which would later turn into Alchemy Pops.

Carolyn threw a party for her friends and served a cool concoction, alcoholic ice pops, or Poptails! The treats were a hit and she knew she found something special. She began experimenting with different flavors made with locally sourced ingredients found at farmers markets. She would have friends come over to her home and try the pops (sign us up!) Some of the early flavors were watermelon basil, cantaloupe mint, and blackberry lemonade. Eventually, she bought her first pop cart on Craigslist and began hustling.

Her first event with the pop cart was in 2015 at a charity car wash. The benefit was to help a young girl suffering with cancer. The goal was to help alleviate some of the stresses of the medical bills. Carolyn said, “[It] is an amazing feeling to set up on the site as a business, but also as someone there to help and give back”. She continued by saying, “That’s when I first realized the potential of using my business to give back to others which I later dubbed our Pops For a Cause program”. You can learn more about this program here.

Carolyn has since served thousands of pops and smiles at events and at her new retail store located at 411 S Main St in the Near Southside district of Fort Worth. Stop by to check out delicious seasonal flavors before they leave!

Learn more about Carolyn’s exciting pop journey featured in Chris Guillebeau’s new book coming this June, 100 Side HustlesUnexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job.

The first Alchemy Pops pop cart set up at a wedding at The 4 Eleven, where the first Alchemy Pops Shop is located!

The first Alchemy Pops pop cart set up at a wedding at The 4 Eleven, where the first Alchemy Pops Shop is located!