“I’m just a big kid in a candy store,” said Robert Brescia, owner of Glenview's newest candy shop Rocket Fizz.
Brescia runs the Glen Town Center shop with his wife Tonya and two daughters Amber and Deana. Rocket Fizz offers 500 flavors of soda along with 5,000 kinds of candy. Soda flavors include peanut butter and jelly, ranch, corn, alien poop, bacon with chocolate, pumpkin pie, apple pie, peaches and cream and more. Candy ranges from Ring Pops to saltwater taffy, bubble gum and the list goes on.
Brescia said opening a store like Rocket Fizz has been a lifelong dream.
“There was a five-and-dime convenience store called Ben Franklin near my house in Mt. Prospect. I would ride there on my bike. It was about three miles away from my house. I would fill my pockets with candy, ride my bike back and eat it all.”
He touts his new store as an entertaining experience. “We are all about nostalgia,” Brescia said. “People come in and find things they have not found for years.”
For example, a grandmother came in when the store first opened and found Dubble Bubble, explaining she had not seen the gum anywhere for years.
“We have something for everybody,” Brescia said. “We will have a new product every week. There will never be the same product twice.”
The store opened the afternoon of Wednesday, Aug. 6. “We have been welcomed with open arms,” Brescia said. “We sometimes end up staying open later than intended. There is a constant stream of people coming in. The response has been overwhelming.” He explained the whole point of the store is to make people laugh and smile.
On its opening day, customers were already lining up to check out the new sweet spot.
“It is fun to see all the old beverages and candy from a long time ago,” said Sue Fuglem, Glenview resident. “It brings me back to when you could buy little boxes of candy for a penny.”
“We just had a Color Me Mine camp and decided to come here after,” said Mila Denizov with her daughters Natalie and Katya. “My daughters could not resist the candy.”
Tamara Duckler and her children Paige and A.J. decided to check out the taffy selection and silly gifts on display. Along with soda and candy, the shop features gag gifts along with vintage tin signs and concert and movie posters. Retro television shows, music and movies play in the background.
Rocket Fizz, located between Game Stop and Color Me Mine at 1859 Tower Dr. in The Glen, is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.