By Elissa Thompson
With black and white tile floors, bar stools and soda fountain, a quaint little shop sits at the back of Britt Drug Store on Central Avenue in downtown Belton.
The soda shop is rumored to have been in existence before the 1900s.
It is loaded with many sweet treats to choose from like floats, malts, milkshakes and banana splits.
The most recent owner Dale Kachner and his wife Ami, took over the drug store before Christmas as part of a dream they had to own a soda shop.
The pharmacy has supposedly been in Belton since 1912, and rumors say a soda shop might have been there even before the 1900s.
“(It is) at least 100 years old as pharmacy,” Kachner said.
Junior nursing major Kelsey Pepper was doing some homework while drinking her Dr Pepper float. She likes the humble and comforting aspect of the shop.
“Being able to talk to the owner just made me want to go there more often. I like knowing where a place comes from and what it was built upon,” she said. “It wasn’t just built on cement and dirt, but hope and a dream.”
Not many of today’s soda shops have a warm and familiar inviting feeling.
Various businesses are trying to keep up with the ever-changing technology world, and forget about a time when life was much more simple.
“The place was welcoming and somewhat reminded me of home. It’s always nice to have a place away from home to go to where you’re reminded of the comfort of going home,” Pepper said.
It has the appearance and aura of a soda fountain from the ‘40s and ‘50s.
“When you’re away for college, it’s easy to get caught up in the books, football games, and girl’s night out, but then to come to a small family built soda shop,” Pepper said.
Freshman English education major Sarah Tipton said, “I loved the family atmosphere, the retro feel and how I could get a personalized mint chocolate chip milkshake. Can’t find that anywhere.”
The soda shop has many reasonably priced treats which are perfect for college students on a tight budget.
To accommodate the younger generation, the Kachners offer coffee floats and milkshakes, but they are not on the menu, so one would have to ask.
In addition, everything in the shop is handmade with antique machines.
While it may be small, it tends to cater to a variety of people.
Kachner is hoping the shop will soon become a favorite for UMHB students.
“This past weekend around 40 students came to try it out. I love the atmosphere UMHB gives to the community,” Kachner said.
The business offers dollar-a-day coffee, fudge, and the pharmacy delivers prescriptions for free.
While they have limited Wi-Fi, Kachner said they are trying to improve that so they can accommodate students.
Prices are reasonable and portions are large.
The soda shop is open weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -5:30 p.m. and on Trade Day Saturdays, which are the third Saturdays of the month.