Couple are ready to ‘blast off’ with opening of candy, soda store
EDMOND — Tina Bevel remembers watching Nellie Oleson as she worked behind the candy counter of her parents' mercantile on the television series “Little House on the Prairie” and thinking that if she ran a candy store, she wouldn't be so mean.
Bevel, 50, of Piedmont, was a big fan of the series that aired in the 1970s and 1980s.
Her 16-year-old son, Landon, was named for Michael Landon, who portrayed Charles Ingalls.
At long last, Bevel is going to have a chance to be that friendly face. She and her husband, Alan, a retired Bethany firefighter, plan to open a candy store in downtown Edmond.
Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop is expected to open this summer on the first floor of the new Campbell Corner at Campbell and Broadway.
A new adventure
As the Bevels start their new adventure, Tina Bevel is sure of one thing — no meanness is going to be allowed in their store, which will offer thousands of flavors of bottled soda and candy from all over the world.
Tin signs, retro and gag gifts, and concert and movie posters also will be for sale in the 2,300-square-foot store, which takes up a third of the first floor of the two-story building.
In the past, it was not unusual for the Bevels to leave on vacation not knowing their final destination, “though I would always want to know where the candy stores were,” Tina Bevel said.
They have been working on the store idea for about a year. Alan Bevel had retired after 25 years and was wanting to do something with his wife and son.
“I wanted to do something with the whole family that was fun,” said Alan Bevel, 50. “Candy stores are nothing but good. All my career, I saw the worst of the worst. So, I started my research. Hours and hours of research.”
Danny Ojeda, vice president of retail services of Newmark Grubb in Oklahoma City, said this will be the first Rocket Fizz to open in Oklahoma.
There are 75 Rocket Fizz stores already open. The closest franchise stores are in Texas.
“They are really excited,” said Ojeda, who was a broker for the Bevels.
“There is a lot of momentum going on in downtown Edmond, like with Heard on Hurd.”
Some sweet new jobs
Tina Bevel, originally from Kingfisher, attended the University of Central Oklahoma, just four blocks from the candy store.
Campbell Corner, an upscale retail and office lifestyle center, has been under construction since early 2015.
The 15,584-square-foot building will have retail space on the first floor and office space on the second floor, said Koorosh Zahrai, one of the developers.
“Rocket Fizz Downtown Edmond is awesome,” Zahrai said. “The first Rocket Fizz in the state of Oklahoma coming to downtown Edmond is an indication of just how amazing it is in downtown Edmond.”
Campbell Corner, at 130 N Broadway, is expected to create 34 new jobs.
Alan Bevel was pretty serious about opening a candy store once he talked to Rocket Fizz co-founders and owners, Ryan Morgan and Robert Powells.
The first Rocket Fizz opened in Camarillo, Calif., in February 2009.
The Bevels think a candy store is a perfect family venture.
“The world is getting kind of crazy now,” Alan Bevel said. “But once you walk in a candy store, you have a smile.”