Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain and Candy Shop Opening in Cedar Rapids [PHOTOS]
Cedar Rapids is about to have a sweet new business that both kids and adults are sure to love. It will not only include an old-fashioned soda fountain but a candy and toy shop, as well.
The new store is called Sweet Mercantile. General Manager Sarah Wick tells me the new store will open, in part, this weekend. That's when she says the candy and toy shop portion of Sweet Mercantile opens to customers.
As far as the ice cream and wonderful creations from the old-fashioned soda fountain are concerned, Wick shared with me that the "soda fountain will hopefully open sometime next month." When customers enjoy their favorites from the soda fountain, the Gazette reports they'll be sitting at a soda bar that was built in Dubuque, in the 1920s. *You can see it in the photos at the bottom of this story.
The soda bar isn't the only thing that will transport you back in time. The entire store will have an authentic look from the 1910s and 1920s... some of the glory days of the soda fountain. Owner Mary Kay McGrath told the Gazette, "We kind of wanted it to be like the dime store. There used to be two or three soda fountains in the Czech Village."
The Sweet Mercantile soda fountain and candy shop will be like a nostalgic trip back in time. It's located at 98 16th Avenue Southwest and is open from 10 am to 6 pm daily.