INDIANAPOLIS — Who doesn’t remember the scene from the 1971 movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” when the children were finally introduced to the candy room?
Visitors walking into Rocket Fizz can get that same euphoric feeling. It’s like a childhood fantasy, surrounded with candy and soda pop from all over the world.
Avon residents Jon and Kim Nething opened a Rocket Fizz franchise on Monument Circle more than a year and a half ago. They love being able to give that fun experience to their customers and visitors who come in to peruse their shop.
“We all know this a meandering shop,” Kim Nething said. “When you come into our store you really have to take your time. There is something different around each corner.”
Rocket Fizz was started by Robert “Rob” Powells and Ryan Morgan out of the company’s flagship store in Camarillo, Calif. All of the stores are independently owned and operated.
“We’ve been really well received here in Indianapolis,” Jon Nething said. “If you’re not happy when you walk in the door, you will be once you get in here. We do have a lot of regulars who come in to get their favorite candy or soda.
“I had actually worked with one of the founders, Rob Powells, for a year or two. We got to know each other in the mid-1980s. We played softball together, but lost touch over the years.”
Kim and Jon had been customers of Rocket Fizz while living in California. They were married in 2006.
“I was born and raised here in Avon,” Kim said. “I graduated from Avon High School in 1988. I had moved out to California in 2004 and I met Jon there.”
They decided they wanted to move to Indiana to plant their roots.
“My husband’s family was from all over so we decided to move to Avon,” she said. “When we started having babies we wanted to be close to family. But the job market here was horrible.”