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Valley soda Pop Drinks shop offers an endless stream of options

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Go ahead, you know you want to.
Photo: Wade Vandervort

It’s Friday night. You just want to relax, cuddle with your honey and watch a movie. A night out will cost you way too much or at least the headache of dealing with whatever obstacles MoviePass is making you overcome this week. Plus, you have that sweet entertainment system at home. But you’re craving your go-to movie snacks: popcorn and soda.

Enter Pop Drinks, a modern-day soda shop with an old-school vibe. High school friends-turned-certified public accountants-turned-business partners Brandon Debenham and Riley Stubbs noticed a hole in the market and decided to fill it with as many carbonated beverages as possible at their two Valley locations. And along with the pop comes real movie theater-style popcorn with real movie theater-style butter, along with a variety of cookies.

Many menu combinations involve a soda base, a flavor shot, a cream and/or a fruit puree. The most popular drink is the Jojo, featuring Dr. Pepper, raspberry puree and coconut cream. There are also lots of choices with Vegas-based names, like the High Roller, which combines lemonade, blue curacao and peach. If fizziness isn’t your thing, check out the array of iced teas, hot chocolates or iced coffees, all of which can be customized, too.

And don’t worry about running out of new drinks to try. The partners had a mathematician work out how many combos they offer. There are over 240 quintillion options. That’s a lot of pop.

POP DRINKS 8716 S. Maryland Parkway, 702-260-9559; 4975 S. Fort Apache Road #109, 702-248-0369. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.

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