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New candy store/soda fountain on SoCo?

tthorn Jun 21, 2007 10:39 AM

Anyone know about the name and location of this? Read something about it recently but can't find any info online. Thanks...

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  1. jareha RE: tthorn Jun 21, 2007 12:20 PM

    It's called Big Top and it's located on the 1700 block of South Congress. A craigslist employment posting [1] from the shop's owner offers a description and plenty of details.

    1. http://austin.craigslist.org/fbh/3421...

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      GenieinTX RE: jareha Oct 29, 2007 07:50 AM

      I went there this weekend. My friend ordered a vanilla Dr. Pepper. I post about this because of the way they made it. They pour Dr. Pepper syrup in a glass, vanilla syrup in the glass, then put in the soda water. So, an actual soda fountain soda. They poured some cream on top too, wow it looked good. I had already ordered a malt or I would have had one. Luckily this place is right next door to my hair salon, so I can go in when I get my hair cut. It was $7 for both my malt and her soda.

    2. kitchenknife RE: tthorn Jun 21, 2007 02:27 PM

      so is it open yet?

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        jareha RE: kitchenknife Jun 21, 2007 10:09 PM

        That I don't know. I'll walk by tomorrow and find out.

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          jareha RE: jareha Jun 22, 2007 07:22 PM

          They're not open yet. The posting I linked above says Big Top should "open in mid-to-late June" so I imagine they will finish their renovations any day now.

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            bookgrrl72 RE: jareha Jun 30, 2007 10:19 AM

            We walked by this morning and they are at least two weeks away from completion, but probably closer to a month. The walls are partially painted and the ductwork is in, but they've got big holes in the floor and walls, and no fixtures at all. The guy on duty at Monkey See, Monkey Do said "sometime next month, it's going more slowly than we'd planned." HTH.

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              kitchenknife RE: bookgrrl72 Jul 2, 2007 10:08 AM

              thanks for the update!

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                tthorn RE: kitchenknife Jul 3, 2007 02:21 PM

                Thanks for all of these updates. Now it all makes sense!

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        mkrell RE: tthorn Sep 21, 2007 10:57 AM

        so does anyone know if this is open yet? anyone been there?

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          Lixer RE: mkrell Sep 21, 2007 11:14 AM

          I drove by last weekend and it appears to be open, though I haven't checked it out yet.

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            tokyomonamour RE: Lixer Sep 25, 2007 08:14 AM

            It's not open. I made a special trip to check it out. Gas wasted. The sign in the window gives no hint as to when they think they'll open. Just "soon"....

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              jareha RE: tokyomonamour Oct 4, 2007 05:14 PM

              A person I chatted with today mentioned the store has opened. I can't wait to stop by and check it out!

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          mylesrose RE: tthorn Oct 5, 2007 07:37 AM

          It is open. Went in Wed night. Tons of old school candy and a soda fountain. Whatever candy you had as a kid- they have it. They sell Blue Bell Ice Cream at the counter too. A bit pricey for the bin items- $2 for 1/4 lb on some items. They did have a big selection of sugar free candy too. Well worth checking out...but not on First Thursday.

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            jen66 RE: tthorn Oct 18, 2007 02:25 PM

            just went with mu husband, love the place but the guy charged us $17 for one shake, an egg cream and some malt balls. If shakes are that expensive now we'll pass in the future

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              gypsysong RE: tthorn Oct 23, 2007 11:16 AM

              Went there over the weekend for hand-mixed Dr. Pepper and and egg cream. Yummy!

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                Torckus RE: gypsysong Oct 23, 2007 01:16 PM

                Do they have any English candy bars?

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                  LeroyT RE: Torckus Oct 25, 2007 05:29 PM

                  Not too much english candy. I saw the one (flake?) that is like a roll of thin sheets of chocolate. I ended up buying a tin of bacon mints. Funny, but horrible, as expected. They taste like really bad bacon. I couldn't resist. bulk candy is 2.77/# and up. I think they take the concept a bit far with victrola music and the attendant wearing a fez, but that's maybe just me. I can't see them being open for more than a year, I kinda want to be wrong, but not enough to actually go back. I think we should start a pool to see if big top or the cupcake trailer shuts down first.

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                    Lixer RE: LeroyT Oct 25, 2007 07:04 PM

                    Ha! Although I haven't been to the Big Top yet, I think it should be Hey Cupcake. If you're doing one thing out of a trailer, you had better at least do it well!!

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                      Honey Bee RE: Lixer Oct 26, 2007 07:33 AM

                      The Hey Cupcake stand near campus has closed and the owner has started operating out of a trailer on South Congress. If you can't sell cupcakes to college students who live on dorm food or fast food, then I don't think the odds of long-term success are very good.

                  2. re: Torckus
                    mkwng RE: Torckus Oct 26, 2007 09:06 AM

                    re: English candy bars, Fiesta and Specs are good options.

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                  chrischris RE: tthorn Jun 8, 2008 04:57 PM

                  Any new thoughts on this place now that it's been open for a while?

                  I do like going, but I don't buy a whole lot. It's a lot of fun to browse, though.

                  What I like:
                  -The chocolate covered goodies. Chocolate covered potato chips? Yes, please!
                  -The variety. There is a lot to look at and taste.

                  What I'd like to see:
                  -Get rid of the foam cups. They have lots of delicious-sounding drinks, but I have yet to order one. If they'd just use something other than foam, I would be all over those phosphates.
                  -More fresh stuff. It's a sweet shop. How about some fresh sweets? I would LOVE to see fresh candy apples, caramel apples, or fresh marshmallows.

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