In the Waterloo Region we have many great coffee shops…
On this day in 1833, a couple of U.S. gentlemen — Jacob Ebert and George Dulty — patented the first soda fountain. The various attempts over the centuries have represented a desire to capture the nature mineral waters that bubbled up from the ground in many places around the world.
In the golden era of soda fountains — until the reached their pinnacle in the 1940s-1950s — they could be found in a surprisingly rich number of venues: from traditional ice cream parlours and candy shops to pharmacies five-and-dimes, department stores, things called “milk bars” and train and bus stations. The kids pulling the sodas were called “soda jerks.”
In the early 1900s, these venues might have expanded into classic lunch bars and traditional diners (like Jimmy’s Lunch in Kitchener). If I recall, there used to be a pretty good one at Goudies in downtown Kitchener, no?
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