5702 York Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90042
This historic grocery store was founded at a downtown location 100 years and moved to its current site in Highland Park 50 years ago. It came into its present form when the current owner John Nese was pressured by Pepsi to stock a preponderance of Pepsi products. John Nese did exactly the opposite and created this soda emporium that carries all sorts of esoteric brands and varieties of soda. The store also stocks old-time candy (my favorite part of visiting is seeing what were once vegetable bins filled with candy). If you prefer soda's made with real sugar over the now ubiquitous corn syrup, then this place is a gold mine. Or if you just love soda pop in all it's variety and glory (they have hundreds of types of soda here!), then this place is heaven. They also have an excellent beer selection.