From Our Editors
Originally opened in 1897 as an Italian grocery store, Galco’s Soda Pop Stop turned a serious corner in the mid-1990s to become one of the nation’s best purveyors and curators of hard-to-source sodas. Owner John Nese stocks over 500 different bottles of soda on his long grocery shelves, many from independent bottlers and small-print labels. You won’t find corporate-backed drinks here, and all of the sodas are made with cane sugar, not corn syrup. Obscure finds abound, like the award-winning Sunset Blossom’s Rose Petal soda from Romania, and Mr. Cumber’s original cucumber soda. There are bottles of licorice flavor Ouzon soda from Greece and Hot Lips fruit soda with no sugar added, plus a few dedicated aisles to bottled beers, sakes and wines. You can even snatch up nostalgic bars of vintage candy that are still made in the same true-to-form way as ever.