Pop the Soda Shop Leaves The Duce

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It was just a month ago that I reported on Pop the Soda Shop's move out of its longtime retail storefront in Scottsdale -- where it stocked all kinds of craft soda and old-timey favorites like Moxie -- to a new home base at The Duce, the funky Downtown warehouse at Central and Lincoln that features a restaurant, bar, clothing shop, and even a boxing ring.

Now, it turns out that soda guru Jeff Guarino has left the premises and it's unclear where he'll take his business now.

The Duce owner Steve Rosenstein tells me he's not sure about Guarino's overall business situation, and that things hadn't been going well since Guarino got on board at The Duce. Rosenstein says he and his wife Andi always tried to help out as much as they could.

"I still believe that nobody knows soda pop like Jeff," he adds, calling Guarino's departure "unfortunate."

Meanwhile, Rosenstein still has the soda fountain and has new staff who'll be on the premises regularly.


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Debbiedoesphx
Debbiedoesphx

I think The Duce is going to find out VERY quickly what a "small" big city Phoenix really is, and that you can't come in and use everyone up and treat them like crap. They don't want to share their money with ANYONE - their employees, performers, etc.

They also live in Scottsdale. This isn't a business for them - it's a little hobby and a place to have their rich Scottsdale buds party after sporting events. What have they done for Phoenix? Nothing. They're not involved with ANYTHING in downtown Phoenix outside of their little world...

Max Fischer
Max Fischer

Sorry to hear it, and I hope that they are able to resurface and be even bigger and better.

I have to say, the Duce was such a tremendous letdown. Great concept, looks cool, and possibly the worst staff/customer service you will find in the entire state. These guys make Walmart and MVD employees look like Nordstrom's staff.

davelog
davelog

Hey Jeff, set up Pop at 7th Street and Dunlap. A Jack in the Box just went under on the ENE corner and the building is just waiting for ya. Come to the 'slope, we'll keep you in biz.

John
John

I was upset when the Scottsdale store closed. Ecstatic when I heard it was opening in Duce, disappointed when I found out the Duce store wouldn't carry very many sodas and I'd have to special order an entire case if I wanted something. Now, with so many emotions pouring over this place, I think I'm ready to give up.

Max Fischer
Max Fischer

Sorry, just to clarify, I am talking about Duce, NOT the soda shop people. I had a great Malted at the soda shop, which was not Duce run.

Vicelord
Vicelord

I'm sure he would like to run a business, not a drive thru robbery target.

davelog
davelog

Well maybe he should consider moving the shop to Happy Gumdrop Land. There are far worse places in town to operate a business.

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