Soda Pop Dreams


I’ve always thought it’d be fun to open a soda bar—like the old-fashioned soda fountains that pharmacies used to have in them—except the unique twist would be “mixed” soda drinks with unique flavor combinations and fun names for the drinks. I also think there’s a huge opportunity for someone to introduce lychee soda drinks (from Asia) to the U.S. market. I imagine someone is already doing things like this somewhere, a la what Locopops in Raleigh has done for frozen pops.

Well, this video featuring John Nese, the owner/proprietor of Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Los Angeles, California, re-ignited my latent soda dreams today. Nese waxes philosophical about corn syrup, the only diet soda that tastes good, the best cola (a.k.a. best alternatives to the classic RC Draft), and re-use vs. recycling. He also shares some interesting insights about nichification and how having a unique product offering can differentiate you from the place next door.

Galco’s Soda Pop Stop … I – want – to – go – there:



Posted on 12-08-2009


  1. Becky says:

    December 8th, 2009 at 10:57 am

    That coffee soda sounds potentially yummy! And I like his point that when we have a choice, we’ll try something new.

  2. Kevin D. Hendricks says:

    December 9th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Super-duper frosty-freezy, sasparilla, rainbow sherbet phosphate. That was the drink ordered from Mr. Quimper’s soda shop in one of the puppet skits I remember doing back in the day (yes, I was involved in my church’s puppet ministry. Shut up). I always wondered what a phosphate was.

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  4. George Dunn says:

    December 12th, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    When i was a kid, which was longer ago then i can remember, every drug store had a soda fountain. It was my favorite pastime. Interestingly enough, the guy who mixed these wonderful concoctions was called a soda jerk.

    I guess jerk must have meant something different way back then. It was always said with pride rather than a sneer.

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