Soda shop opens in Winnetka

Local business creates flavorful soda concoctions

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Kate Dieffenbacher

Fizz & Pop serves all kinds of candies and treats including sodas, cotton candy (bottom left corner), crispie cakes, and chips

Offering as many as thirty different flavors, soda joint Fizz & Pop has bubbled to life in the Winnetka Laundry Mall.

Along with the delightful soda flavors available, Fizz & Pop keeps the shop stocked with unique treats.

In the 50s, and the soda shops, they had the big soda machines with the big lever which were operated by people who wore paper hats and were called soda jerks. So we have three soda jerks and one of our mottos is ‘don’t be a jerk,”

— Leigh Anne Beath

Junior Emma Neumann who recently visited Fizz & Pop ordered a vanilla cherry root beer concoction. 

“I thought the employees were really nice, and it was great service,” said Neumann.

The variety of flavors keep things interesting at Fizz & Pop. The current most popular flavor is “The Styles” which includes watermelon and strawberry and is inspired by Harry Styles.

Some concoctions consist of fruity flavors, while others are more dessert-centered like the bananas foster dessert drink or the strawberry shortcake drink.

The signature flavor sold at the grand opening on Feb.26 was lemon lime with peach. There were also free treats and raffle prizes, helping to promote the small business.

“I have an Instagram page, but most of it has been word of mouth and people coming back and bringing other people. It’s been really wonderful and better than we had anticipated initially,” said manager and creator, Leigh Anne Beath.

Besides the unique soda concoctions, there is a variety of nostalgic candy including Zotz, Fun Dip, Ring Pops, and Sour Punch. There are also other treats you wouldn’t find anywhere else, and products from family owned or woman-owned small businesses.

Beath said the variety of cotton candy flavors from The Chocolate Storybook are hard to keep on the shelves as are the crispie cakes from The Crispery.

These extravagant creations could not be made without the three “soda jerks”: Kit, the assistant manager, as well as Sarah and Hellen. They help to come up with the concoctions and help customers choose the right drink for them. 

“In the 50s, and the soda shops, they had the big soda machines with the big lever which were operated by people who wore paper hats and were called soda jerks. So we have three soda jerks and one of our mottos is ‘don’t be a jerk,’” said Beath. 

With the launch of this new business, Beath is already pleased with its progress thus far.

“I have moved around the world for the past 15 years, and now I’m settled. I’ve always been in retail management and merchandising and wanted to do something, so this is the first on my own adventure,” said Beath.

Fizz & Pop is open Tuesday through Sunday 11:00-7:00, and has been growing ever since opening. 

“We want to be a gathering place that’s happy, fun, polite, and friendly, and for people to find things that they could not find anywhere else.”