The Friday before the Saturday the Waldo Canyon Fire broke out, Megan and I took Bubby and Mac to Squeak Soda Shop. I'd had a visit to Squeak on my Things To Do With the Grandsons list for several months. I'm glad we chose that particular day to go, because the soda fountain is located near where the fire was most furious and likely wasn't open the rest of the time my grandsons were in town.
I had heard great things about Squeak for quite some time, and I wasn't disappointed when we finally made it there.
Squeak is not only filled with confections, it looks like a confection. Located in a strip mall, the interior is filled to the brim with bright colors and award-winning artwork by local artist Tricia Smith. It's a fun and imaginative hangout for kids and kids at heart.
Of course, the sodas and treats within are the real attraction. Squeak boasts more than 60 flavors of custom sodas. Things such as Grandma's Apple Pie, Green Apple, New York Egg Cream, Cherry SqueaKola and more. All sodas are made fresh upon ordering, and customers can choose the color of the soda, as well as their choice of sweetener (pure cane sugar or Splenda). Bubby's choice was Watermelon, Megan ordered Peach, and I got Blueberry. We all tried one another's—and agreed the Watermelon was best.
Squeak offers its sodas in bottles to go, as well as with labels you can design, made from scratch—a great idea for parties or gifts. Other thirst quenchers include floats, flavored milks (using any of the soda flavors) and shaved ice.
The food menu features a variety of paninis, grilled cheese sandwiches, all-beef hot dogs, quesadillas, and "walking tacos." The "Lil Tykes" menu options are grilled cheese, hot dog or quesadilla, all with chips, popcorn or apple sauce (though the popcorn wasn't available during our visit due to an oil shortage, per the counter person), and a mini ice cream for dessert. The Bubble Gum ice cream was a highlight for Bubby—until he realized it had real gum in it and was compelled to spit out each chunk of gum after sucking off the ice cream as "you're not supposed to swallow gum."
The food menu is secondary to the ice cream and candy menu at Squeak, for there is lots of both—especially candy. With more than 50 varieties of candy by the pound plus racks of packaged candy (Pop Rocks, Lollipops and more) plus jar upon jar of candy sticks, it's a candy lover's dream come true. And it's a great bribery tool for moms and grandmoms doing their darnedest to get the kids to eat their lunch if they'd like to choose candy to purchase before heading home.
Bubby and Mac were a bit out of sorts during our visit—I'm pretty sure they'd not yet acclimated to the high altitude, having just arrived from the desert the day before—so we didn't play any of the board games or the Wii available for guests. We also didn't get to purchase any of the advertised "made daily" Cotton Candy because there wasn't any made that day.
We all still had a fun and different lunch at Squeak, though, as the photos of my sweeties show.
Thankfully the "Purveyors of Fizzy Living"—along with most other businesses on the west side of the city, where the fire raged—survived the flames for I'm pretty sure we'll be visiting there again next time the boys visit. Plus, I now have a visit to Squeak on my Things To Do With PawDad list.
Interested in visiting Squeak Soda Shop? Find details here:
Squeak Soda Shop • 812 Village Center Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80919 • (719) 265-4677
When did you last visit an authentic soda shop or soda fountain?
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