Retro soda pop, candy shop to open up in downtown Ann Arbor

ANN ARBOR – A new type of retail spot will shortly be producing its debut

ANN ARBOR – A new type of retail spot will shortly be producing its debut at 306 S. Main St.

Rocket Fizz, Soda Pop and Candy Store will open up in the former WSG Art Gallery space in early August.

Area owners Tom and Heather Holmer fell in adore with the franchise when they frequented a Rocket Fizz even though on getaway in Lake Tahoe. They opened their 1st Rocket Fizz retail outlet in Kalamazoo in 2018, and just after large achievement, opened a further spot in Traverse City in 2019.

They experienced plans to open in Ann Arbor in 2020, but place the job on keep owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rocket Fizz offers 1,500 kinds of packaged candies ranging from Skittles and Package Kats to blasts from the earlier like sweet cigarettes and Bun Bars. It also sells imported candies from Europe and Asia, which includes flavored crickets and scorpion suckers for prospects on the much more daring side.

A different highlight is its saltwater taffy — all 110 flavors of it. Rocket Fizz sells the taffy by the piece or by the bag, which has turn into a attract to the shop above the years.


Rocket Fizz co-proprietor Tom Holmer stands outside his shop at 306 S. Most important Avenue in downtown Ann Arbor on July 7, 2021. (Meredith Bruckner)

“So, if you get a bag, we insist that you fill it up obnoxiously,” said Tom Holmer. “We’ve had a ton of exciting with that in Kalamazoo the place children consider to discover a system that works. We have acquired names for the techniques and all that.”

In addition to candy, Rocket Fizz carries a lot more than 500 versions of soda pop. Rocket Fizz can make its possess soda, and is known for its much more weird flavors like Pickle Pop, Ranch Dressing and Mustard sodas. In addition to its individual drinks, it also sells craft sodas from all around the nation.

“We have stuff that you can typically only get in Kentucky or Maine, or whatsoever the circumstance may well be,” said Holmer. “For anyone who likes to try a whole lot of flavors, it can really expand the palate.”

Rocket Fizz also sells gag gifts, tin symptoms, live performance posters, toys, online games and extra.

“Rubber chickens, we’ve got the horse masks — heaps of whimsy,” mentioned Holmer.

So, why Ann Arbor?

“The vibrancy of Ann Arbor was some thing that was very beautiful to us,” stated Holmer. “There’s a awesome buzz in this city and we seriously felt as we seemed at the landscape it feels like retail is setting up to appear back below, but there is not a complete large amount of kid-pleasant retail in town.


“I assume we have been type of equipped to include that wrinkle to downtown for households here.”

Rocket Fizz Ann Arbor will be open 7 days a 7 days.

Several hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sunday: Midday-8 p.m.

For far more info and updates forward of the opening, stop by Rocket Fizz Ann Arbor’s Facebook site and Instagram.

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