I was recently on my way home from work when I noticed my car was almost completely out of gas. I’m usually pretty good about filling up, but hadn’t driven in a while and needed to quickly refill my tank. It was pouring down rain, and I was not on a major road, so I found the nearest gas station I could and quickly stopped. While filling up my tank I noticed an unusual sign on the door of the gas station. It was advertising a line of sodas known as “Exotic Pop”. If you’re not familiar with Exotic Pop, they are a company based out of Houston that specializes in rare and sometimes “exotic” snack foods and sodas. It’s quite a concept instead of operating traditional storefronts like competitor RocketFizz, Exotic Pop acts as a distributor providing these drinks and snack foods to independent stores and restaurants to stock. I had been dying to visit an Exotic Pop retailer since I learned about the company about a year ago, and this provided me with the perfect opportunity.
Once I entered the store I saw something that I was truly not prepared for, The decor package was very obviously from an old Texaco Star Mart, and while it hadn’t been updated, it was in great shape. I honestly wasn’t expecting the store to end up on my blog as I figured I’d buy a couple bottles of soda from an ugly convenience store and leave. Little did I know I was about to step into a Texaco Star Mart from the 1990s.
I ended up leaving with 4 bottles of Canada Dry I had never seen before, including one that is now my new favorite Cream Soda. This was a trip that I did not plan, and honestly would not have taken had I not needed to stop at this gas station. I guess it just really goes to show that you can’t judge a store based solely on its exterior!