KALAMAZOO, Mich — If you’re looking for unusual stocking stuffers, how about buffalo wing flavored soda? A rubber chicken? Candy canes that taste like pickles?
At Rocket Fizz in Kalamazoo, the store is full of that stuff.
“We hear people come in and people say, ‘I have to come back here for stocking stuffers. This is the place to go for stocking stuffers,’” notes owner Tom Holmer. “And then right around the holidays, they all start showing up.”
While he describes Rocket Fizz as “a retro candy and soda pop and novelty shop,” he lists off quite a variety of edibles and what he calls “all kinds of weirdness.”
“Funny scarfs and glasses and cups and tin signs and clocks … There's just a lot to see and a lot to laugh at and a lot to have a good time with.”
Holmer says the shop will go the extra mile to help customers nervous about the pandemic. “We do do some deliveries in spots, as well of gift baskets and Rocket Fizzes within the Kalamazoo/Portage area,” he explains. “We do have a Facebook shop as well that we utilize. If somebody wanted to do their shopping online, they can go to our Facebook page and find the shopping right there.”
Curbside pickup is available. “People will call and request certain things we make what we call Rocket Boxes.” The phone number is 269-888-2588.
Other places to shop local:
- Rocket Comics, 4235 Portage St., Kalamazoo
- Nature Connection, 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo
- Little Sprout Boutique, 3009 Oakland Dr., Kalamazoo