Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Source - Charlotte Business Journal
Published - Aug 01, 2017
Original Article

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

That 1,872-square-foot space provides 60 feet of window frontage highlighting thousands of colorful candy options and 500 different glass-bottled sodas.

“It’s quite an experience,”says Rhett Batanides, franchisee. “You can be 20 years old or 120, and you can find stuff you haven’t seen since you were a child.”

Batanides, along with Newmark Knight Frank, also is the master broker for that West Coast franchise across the country.

He has helped open 50 locations nationwide to date.

This is the sixth North Carolina location and the first in the Charlotte market. Adam Williams with Legacy Real Estate Advisors represented the landlord in the transaction.

The EpiCentre location offers phenomenal foot traffic with bar and restaurant traffic. It will offer extended hours, staying open until 3 a.m. on weekends, Batanides says.

“Now, we have somewhere where you can get some sweets and we have such a wide selection,” he says.

Rocket Fizz has an unparalleled selection of bottled sodas, including 150 flavors under its own brand. There’s a mix of classics that are harder to find, and others tempt — or test — your tastebuds.

Think Buffalo hot wing, bacon and yes, even a butter soda. Others, such as key lime pie, coffee cake and strawberry short cake, bring desserts to life in a bottle.

“It tastes just like you would think,” Batanides says.

It also has a handful of sodas on tap.

Then there’s the candy. The sweets shop carries more than 2,500 different kinds of candy.

That includes 150 different flavors of taffy, classics such as Goo Goo Clusters, pop rocks and Dubble Bubble and novelty items from astronaut ice cream sandwiches and gummy dill pickles.

You’ll also find European chocolate, Japanese and Asian candy, including kits where candy is assembled before being consumed.

There’s also a selection of unique gifts. Think life-sized cardboard cutouts, concert posters from the 1960s through the 90s and items such as lunchbox sets, shot glasses and gag gifts and toys.

“It really hits that note for a lot of different people,” Batanides says.

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown

Soda, candy shop dishes up touch of nostalgia in uptown