Family owned and operated for over 100 years, Galco's Soda Pop Stop sets the standard for iconoclastic mom & pop shops everywhere. Like his father before him, John Nese tends aisles crammed with over 400+ kinds of soda, but if you're looking for Sprite, you'd better try 7-Eleven. At Galco's you can find all manner of root beer, cream soda, ginger beer, brews and sarsaparillas, but no mass market commercial brands. Beyond offering an ode to soda pop and micro brews, Galco's and John Nese have become a symbol of longevity and success for both Highland Park and small business owners throughout Northeast Los Angeles.
Above, owner of longtime Highland Park fixture Galco's Soda Pop Stop John Nese describes the history of the shop's various locations and its roles in the community.