Rocket Fizz finally opened and Mountain View is thrilled to have more exciting retail downtown. It is a soda and candy store. Now… those words don’t even begin to do the store justice. Mark McLaughlin moved to Mountain View to open the store and he loves our thriving, diverse community. Rocket Fizz is full of retro candies that we remember from our childhood and hard-to-find soda from small bottlers all over the country. If you have something obscure in mind that you would like to see, no matter what country you grew-up in, stop by and introduce yourself to Mark. I’m pretty sure he could help you out.
For example, he carries Cheerwine from North Carolina, Faygo and Rock-n-Rye from Michigan, Fitz’s from Missouri, and Ale-8-One from Kentucky, just to name a few of the American sodas. While I was talking with Mark, a customer came in who is a big fan of cream soda and he is in the process of tasting each of the cream sodas that Rocket Fizz carries. Apparently, it’s a very serious hobby and similar to wine tasting. There are quite a few dedicated cream soda (creme soda) fans, as well as ginger beer (ginger ale) fans in the area. This particular customer told me how pleased he is that Rocket Fizz is just around the corner his start up and that he visits the store almost daily.
Rocket Fizz also carries their own brand of sodas. Those are the really crazy ones that you want to give as gag gifts. The dictator series includes Qaddafi’s Cream My People, Fidel Castro’s Havana Banana and Kim Jong’s Orange Nuclear Bomb. Some of the other ridiculous soda flavors made by Rocket Fizz include Sweet Corn, Peanut Butter, S’mores, Marshmallow, Cotton Candy, Bacon and many others.
The store is at 298 Castro Street and has over 100 flavors of salt water taffy. You’ll see lots of candies that you had completely forgotten about and a flood of childhood memories will hit you, hopefully pleasant. Some of the vintage candies include Charleston Chew’s, Marathon Bar, Crows, Dots, Turkish Taffy, and Abba Zaba.
Have you heard of Bean Boozled? It's a game where each person has to determine the flavor of Jelly Belly they've just sampled... Would you know the difference between juicy pear and boogers, or coconut and baby wipes? I know, it's totally gross, I'm just sharing the facts with you. I hadn't heard of it before, but now I'm caught up on it. (Thanks Mark) Rocket Fizz sells the game and the refills for it.
Rocket Fizz has a ton of retro toys, like the kind you used to see advertised on the back of comic books, nostalgic, but with a modern twist. Pranks, magic tricks, and silly things that everyone will enjoy at the next office party. If you need to get a White Elephant/Secret Santa gift, this is definitely the place to go.
I really enjoyed hearing Mark say that he moved to Mountain View just to open this store and that he loves our community. When you shop at a store that is owned by someone in your community, 68 cents out of every dollar that you spend there stays in the community. Shop local and keep your money in our community and support local retail. We don’t have very many stores (compared to restaurants) in the downtown area and we should embrace them and let them know how much we love them! And how much we love Mountain View.