The last stop of our spontaneous road trip on Route 66 was to Pop's - a stylish service station and one-stop-shop for almost any kind of pop you can imagine. Pop's is located in Arcadia, Oklahoma - right off Route 66.
Especially beautiful at night, the white architecture with soft lights invites locals and tourists alike to come in to choose an assortment of pop in vintage style glass bottles (really, you can't get those just anywhere in America these days), or to sit down to a classic American burger and fries.
The front and back of the station are made of glass, with shelves upon shelves of sodas lining the interior portion of the glass.
You can choose from a creative selection of pop. The coolers are labeled with general soda flavors, and then you can pick your specialty within that category.
Some of the selections are more about the packaging that what's inside.
It's the ideology that counts.
|Leninade, Stalinade, and Cream My People - politically charged drinks available at Pop's.|
Here you can see the whole back wall filled with soda bottles. However, these bottles are not the ones for sale - they're just for showcasing the windows and are actually glued down.
In front of the station is a giant light up pop bottle with a straw that turns all sorts of different colors.
Each ring turns a new color until the whole bottle has finally changed colors.
Pop's is a relatively short distance from Oklahoma City, so it is often a popular destination for groups of friends, college students, and date nights.
You always have to drink one of your purchases while you're there, but even better is taking the rest of your 6 pack home to keep for later.
We didn't actually fill the 6 pack, but the carrier is still very useful when you buy more than two.
Here in Oklahoma, we are in the middle of several different prominent regions in the US, each of which use different terms to refer to flavored carbonated sugary drinks. Oklahomans therefore are just stuck in the middle of the cultural terminology for the drink, but most of us either use pop, soda, or coke to refer to any and all of them.
|One of my two choices was this "Hippo Size" Burley Birch Beer - very close to root beer.|
I have personally grown up using the term "pop," but it really depends on your family as to which word you are accustomed to saying. Just from my observations, it seems that using "coke" to refer to all brands of pop tends to happen most in the southern part of the state, but can be found anywhere in the state. It always confusing when someone who uses "coke" as their general term states that they want a coke, and those who use an alternate word may think they mean a coca-cola, when in reality they just meant soda.
|My other choice - both from the section for root beers.|
What is the prominent term for non-alcoholic carbonated sugary beverages in your part of the world, and do you refer to it in the same way?