If there was a "premier" place to slake your thirst for sweet treats in the early 1900's, it has to be Soda Fountains. They had it all - a fun place to hangout, open to children of all ages, plenty of seating and a wide selection of exotic and tempting beverages. Does anyone remember the G.O. Guy drugstore chain?
Photo courtesy Washington State Archives, ph004635, n.d.
At one time, G.O. Guy operated 12 drugstores in the Seattle area. It made getting a prescription filled something to look forward to. Entertainment provided by "soda jerks".
Photo courtesy Washington State Archives, ph004634, n.d.
The G.O. Guy chain was founded by George Guy in 1888. Ever the entrepreneur, Mr. Guy also laid claim to being inventor of the Ice Cream Soda. While serving up a soda, he accidently dropped a dollop of ice cream in it while serving another customer. A customer tried the new concoction and loved it giving birth to a new best seller - or so the story goes.
Black Diamond never did have a "real" soda fountain but we did have Koerner's Drug and Confectionary, later to become simply the Confectionery.
Photo courtesy Black Diamond Historical Society and the Black Diamond History Blog, circa 1940
JoAnne Matsumura wrote a wonderful history piece about Alice Davies and her confectionary. You can read her article by following this link to The Confectionery .
Though we don't have "soda fountains" anymore like those of G.O. Guy or Confectionery's like Alice Davies's store, is there a parallel operating today? My nomination would have to be Starbucks. Can you believe how many Frappuccino's walk out of Starbucks every day not to mention all of the other sweet treats?