Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Source - M Live
Published - Mar 9, 2018
Original Article

KALAMAZOO, MI - Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop opened today in downtown Kalamazoo.

The business, part of a California-based group of franchise shops that describe themselves as "one-stop shops for all of your soda pop and candy cravings," is owned and operated here by Tom and Heather Holmer, of Kalamazoo.

The store at 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall is in the former location of the Plata y Oro jewelry store, utilizing 1,300 square feet of space renovated to include fixtures of wood and displays that give it a vintage look.

"Rocket Fizz is a retro candy and soda pop shop," Tom Holmer said. "We have far more than just that. But our sodas are our primary thing. We have about 500 varieties of soda.

"We have our own taffy here (with) roughly 102 varieties available. But along with that, we've got toys and tins and gag gifts and rubber masks and you name it, we've got a little bit of everything."

That includes hundreds of colorful concert posters, movie posters, small toys and tin signs, as well as candies and bottled soda pops from all over the United States and some from abroad.

"It's all about fun," Heather Holmer said. "People downtown want to come down here and have a good time and we hope to help people do that."

The candy will include old-time treats such as Mary Janes, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bottle Caps and Nik-L-Nips (wax bottles). But items that were "penny" candy through the 1970s, now sell at higher prices.

The Holmers said individuals pieces, such as taffy, sell for 10 to 15 cents each, depending on the bulk. Customers can fill Cellophane bags with candy that sell for $7.99 per bag of, at a larger size, $9.99.

"We've got our candy bars. It's not just inexpensive candy," Tom Holmer said. "There is gourmet candy here. There are some high-end chocolate bars that are here. We're going to have European and Japanese candy, imported directly here. So that's what's going to make it kind of interesting, the constant changing variety.

The Holmers expected to have the business up and going last June in the 100 block of East Michigan Avenue, but those plans were forestalled and changed.

The business is one of more than 90 franchise locations that are part of a concept that got its start in 2007 in Camarillo, Calif. Early last year, Novi became home to the first Rockett Fizz location in Michigan. Another was opened last year in suburban Grand Rapids.

Business hours at the Kalamazoo store are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The business will employ five people, including the Holmers, they said.

Gallery: Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

"Rocket Fizz is a retro candy and soda pop shop," explained owner Tom Holmer. "We have far more than just that. But our sodas are our primary thing. We have about 500 varieties of soda. We have our own taffy here (with) roughly 102 varieties available. But along with that, we've got toys and tins and gag gifts and rubber masks and you name it, we've got a little bit of everything.

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

"Rocket Fizz is a retro candy and soda pop shop," explained owner Tom Holmer. "We have far more than just that. But our sodas are our primary thing. We have about 500 varieties of soda. We have our own taffy here (with) roughly 102 varieties available. But along with that, we've got toys and tins and gag gifts and rubber masks and you name it, we've got a little bit of everything.

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

The Rocket Fizz candy and soda pop store is owned and operated on the Kalamazoo Mall by Tom and Heather Holmer, of Kalamazoo.

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Lucia Williams 4, searches for treats with her father Jesse and brother Emanuel at The Rocket Fizz candy and soda pop store on the Kalamazoo Mall.

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

The Rocket Fizz also sells toys and tins and gag gifts and rubber masks . "You name it, we've got a little bit of everything," said store owner Tom Holmer.

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Melisa Riley works downtown and said that she's excited to have a fun store downtown. The Rocket Fizz candy and soda pop store on the Kalamazoo Mall Friday March 9.

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo

Rocket Fizz soda pop and candy story opens in Kalamazoo