Highland Park soda pop store welcomes mob scene

Photos by Martha Benedict

A horde of shoppers, many flashing $20 bills,  swarmed into Galco’s Soda Pop Stop on Sunday as the Highland Park retailer welcomed a “cash mob” of consumers dedicated to supporting independent businesses.  Sunday’s shoppers had pledged to spend a minimum of $20 as the most recent event organized by the Los Angeles Cash Mobs. After flooding into the store, the cash mob began loading up on soda pop, candy and other goods before lining up at the check out stand, said Martha Bennedict, who took photos of the scene.  Members of the mob  then used their dollars to support another Highland Park business – El Arco Iris – where they sat down for dinner at the family owned Mexican restaurant.


  1. Great idea!

  2. here’s a better idea: how about Galcos charge reasonable prices then I might be more willing to support my local business.

    • Here’s an even better idea: How about you recognize that places like Wal-Mart have redefined pricing on purpose to turn you against your local market who can’t possibly compete for a million reasons, none of which are very good for your community.

      • Here’s an even betterer idea. I’m comparing Galco’s prices to Galco’s prices. Their prices nearly doubled after the whole soda thing and their quality went way down on anything not sugar water.

    • Here’s a better idea: get a job that pays more.

  3. Beer’s probably the healthiest thing sold at Galco’s.

  4. Still, hard to argue with giving this kind of support to small local businesses!

  5. Tina Gulotta-Miller

    Love it! Spending money in our community has been a priority for us. Yeah Galco’s!

  6. Amazing how confrontational some people can get over sugared water.

  7. A business with tremendous history- they started in downtown L.A. a century ago on Hill and Ord Strret, now Chinatown, then historic little Italy… I am so happy Mr. Nese and Galco’s calls Highland Park its home. Both Galco’s and Mr. Nese are rare gems with tremendous community spirit. Cent’anni!

  8. Am I the only one who finds it difficult to breathe in there? I adore the retro feel and amazing selection of soda, beer and candy but I hope the owners take some cash and do some updating. Wish I knew about the cash mob, I would’ve liked to participate!
    Way to go HP!!

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