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About The Bay: SF Mission District Soda Shop Thriving On Nostalgia

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A San Francisco shop that looks and feels like it’s out of the 1950s is doing very well here in the 21st Century.

Taylor Peck is the king of pop and he loves to open up and let his feelings pour out. That’s because he’s bubbling with enthusiasm about his store in San Francisco’s Mission District, The Fizzary, which opened late last year.

“This is an urban menagerie of soda,” Peck said with excitement adding that he has anywhere from 350 to 400 brands of sodas and that there are in excess of 900 varieties of flavors.

Customers are pleased to find regional brands, like Huckleberry Soda, Cheerwine out of South Carolina and Faygo, a native of the Detroit area.

But you’ll find soda from around the world as well. Lebanon, Japan and Jamaica are among some of the countries that make concoctions Peck is proud to carry in his store. He suggests mixing Jamaica’s Ting with rum for an apple drink and calls it, “a good ting”.

Good things are coming to Peck, who is making a go of it with help from his own brand, Taylor’s Tonics. You can enter his world of soda by trying exotic flavors like Chai Cola or his Matte Mohito.

It’s a mom and pop shop, definitely with an emphasis on the pop. The store is located near the 24th Street BART station and if you’re of a certain era, you’ll likely take a stroll down memory lane as you recognize brands from your childhood no matter where you’re from.

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