Whatever happened to …

The PoP Shoppe?

Ramona Meharg of “I Wish I Knew EDU” fame sent me this picture Friday…

There was two things of note here.

First, her Hallowe’en fingernails.

Secondly, Lime Ricky from the PoP Shoppe. I hadn’t seen this is years!

Lime Ricky was actually my favourite flavour (it’s like drinking a legal margarita in public) from this place which was a business franchise in itself. You can tell that this is Canadian – our friends from the south might call it SodA Shoppe or those from way south the CokE Shoppe. I’m doubtful that Eddie Shack would have been involved that far south.

This throws me back to when purchasing fizzy drinks was an art. You didn’t just go into their store and pick up a cardboard case of one flavour. They had these neat red and white plastic carrying cases and you could pick and choose the ones that you wanted. I always got lime and I remember my dad always going for Cream Soda. You’d throw in some Cherry and then assorted others.

Then, all of a sudden, the product seemed to have gone away. But, Ramona found some for sale in Talbotville at Picard’s Peanuts (a favourite stop in itself when we’re in the London area) and was kind enough to share the picture. The Lime Ricky and peanut lead to a nice chat with Ramona.

According to their website, they are available for sale “everywhere”. Maybe I’m just going to have to look a little harder; these days we look for what’s on sale locally and pick up a case of cans. Would today’s kids even know how to get into a bottle drink with a cap on top?

How about you, dear reader, for a Sunday? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

  • Do you remember the PoP Shoppe?
  • Can you buy PoP Shoppe products where you live?
  • Do you have a favourite flavour?
  • At their website, they indicate the challenges for their company appeared during the “Cola Wars”. Of course, the two biggies in this war are Pepsi and Coke. Do you have a preference?
  • I suppose that one of the big advantages of moving to cans is that those that throw garbage out onto the road don’t break glass bottles. If you look carefully at Ramona’s picture, you’ll see that the top holds a twist cap. Before that, you had to have a device to pop the cap. Do you still have one? In the days before twist tops, beer bottles had to be popped open with this device that had a nickname. Do you remember the nickname?

Thanks, Ramona for sharing this picture and the link to the PoP Shoppe website. I was blown away when they indicated that they had 26 different flavours at one time.

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5 thoughts on “Whatever happened to …

  1. Doug, this is one of those things that I’ve heard of and vaguely recall seeing before, but never recall trying. The pop looks sickly sweet. I wonder if it’s as sugary as it appears. My teeth are hurting just thinking about it. There’s something about brightly coloured pop that always makes me think “really sweet.” I think that I always connect it back to the sweetness of cream soda. Anyone else? Curious to hear the pop stories from others.

    Have a great Sunday!

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  2. Thanks for the comment, Aviva. I was unable to find the amount of sugar but I did find a number of articles indicating that they had changed the source of sugar from corn syrup to cane sugar. I wonder what difference that makes. Also, I found a listing of the 26 flavours – Cola, Cream Soda, Fruit Punch, Grape, Ginger Ale, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lemon-Lime, Lime Rickey, Orange, Pineapple, Root Beer, Strawberry, Tonic Water, Soda Water, Black Cherry, Cherry Cola, Diet Black Cherry, Diet Cherry Cola, Diet Cola, Diet Ginger Ale, Diet Grapefruit, Diet Lemon, Diet Orange, Diet Root Beer and Diet Strawberry – so there does appear to have “diet” versions for the sugar averse. Interestingly, there’s no Diet Lime Ricky. I wonder if Diet Lemon would be close.

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  3. Hi Doug,

    I’ve never been much of a ‘Pop Person.’ Probably because of my seven year term working at McDonald’s, but my parents both are. Mom drinks only Coke and Dad drinks only Pepsi (or ‘Peps’ as he calls it.) They always have a case of each on hand, and drink them at pretty much the same rate.

    I remember when Coke tried out the ‘New Coke,’ which made my mother into an activist. She hated it! She actually put pen to paper (the same special pad of paper she used to write absence excusals for her children for the school when we were ill) to tell Coke Head Office how disappointed she was! She received a letter of thanks from the President and when Coke introduced ‘Classic Coke’ (great marketing move!) they sent her a free Coke Poster with everyone’s name who’d written a complaint on it, seemingly thousands. My Mom’s name was on it! Now, a few decades later there’s no Classic Coke – just Coke, and all the new incarnations.

    I do remember the Pop Shoppe bottling depot in Windsor, where Ouellette meets Dougall, and think I may have had a tour as a kid, but I might be confusing it with Purity Dairy on Howard, which I know I had a tour of as a kid.

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to remenisce.

    Another Oldish Guy

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