Soda can dating
When shared, the simple milkshake, stirred and whirred and blended into frothy bliss, has been the basis for many a romance. Robby took over Central Drug in 1996, and last year he realized that many of his customers would probably appreciate seeing some of the store’s original furnishings.
At first glance, the wooden booths with the white marble tops seem pretty ordinary. Soda shops like Pike’s in Charlotte or Mike’s on Main in Hendersonville are built to make you remember the past — even if that past never actually took place there.Kids earn their first paycheck here; Robby hires two high school students every summer, and it’s the most sought-after job in town.The counter buzzes with activity every afternoon after school.“And Bessemer City is a town of about 5,000, so when someone new is in town, everyone knows it.I went back to the drugstore after I saw her at the bank and called her up.” She turned him down for a Friday night date. Undeterred, he devised a foolproof plan: He would call her at 9 p.m. If she didn’t answer, he would know she had concocted a story to avoid him. “She answered,” Andy says, “so I knew she’d really had plans with her family.” They’ve been married almost 27 years.