A sip of summer in Highland Park

Photos by Martha Benedict

Nearly 800 people lined up to sample sodas on Sunday during the second annual Summer Soda Tasting* at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in Highland Park. Soda lovers holding shot glasses sipped and sampled a wide variety of hard-to-find sodas – including lavendar-flavored drinks, French imports and a root beer made from a historic recipe – while others carried boxes of their favorite drinks. Proceeds from the soda tasting will benefit the Friends of the Southwest Museum.

* The Eastsider was an event sponsor


  1. I’m not a fan of all this silverlake invasion to highland park. Silverlake has lost its culture to a more flamboyant lifestyle. Highland park , glassell park, and eagle rock are all headed there. Many latin mom and pop shops closed now and replaced by over the top priced coffee shops and vegan restaurants . Some of these venues pretend to be oxy student started ,but not so . Many families including mine are being run out. Hopefully Eric Garcetti remembers his Mexican roots ,and Italian heritage to recognize what’s best for the existing people .

  2. Vegan restaurants in Highland Park, Glassell Park, and Eagle Rock??? Oh do tell where are these vegan restaurants? Especially the ones that have replaced “latin mom and pop shops” !

    As far as Silverlake losing it’s culture to “a more flamboyant lifestyle,” you do know that the piano bar has closed? And that much of the gay culture that was a big part of Silverlake is now gone? The new Silverlake is anything but flamboyant.

    Still not sure what any of this has to do with Galco’s – a business that has been operating in L.A. for over one hundred years – many of those in Highland Park. You funny.

  3. @Martyr: You’re lost inside your imagination. Galco’s was there for decades as a grocery, but had to convert to the soda pop niche because small groceries can’t compete against the chains.

    Say what you want about Fatty’s (one vegan-friendly restaurant in ER) but all they displaced was a dying auto business. Or, say, Coffee Table (a not at all vegan restaurant in ER) who replaced a dying auto parts business. I fail to see why we have to preserve old auto parts businesses. Camilo’s and Four replaced realtors. Do we really need to preserve realtor’s shops?

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