Sweet nostalgia: Tracking down a York County soda fountain

A longtime York County soda fountain may find its second life in Philadelphia.

Loyer’s Pharmacy in Red Lion as it looked in 1930 when it was know as Strock’s Drug Store. File photo

It’s been about two years since the soda fountain from the now former Loyer’s Pharmacy in Red Lion was sold at auction.

The pharmacy shut its doors for the final time in December 2010.

The soda fountain that stood in Loyer’s Pharmacy was installed in the 1930s, former owner Jim Loyer said. The pharmacy itself first opened in 1911, when it was known as Strock’s Drug Store.

In a 2010 story about the pharmacy’s closing, Loyer said the store always sold soft drinks and ice cream but by the early 1960s, interest in the soda fountain as a hangout began to wane.

“I think it was always my father’s intention to close the soda fountain,” he told the Daily Record/Sunday News in 2010. “But he procrastinated, and it’s a good thing he did.”

In a blog post in early 2011, Daily Record/Sunday News Editor Jim McClure wondered what had happened to the old fountain.

The soda fountain was purchased at auction in April 2011 by Eric and Ryan Berley, the owners of Philadelphia’s Franklin Fountain, an ice cream parlor in Old City.

“Every small town in America had a soda fountain, if not multiple soda fountains. It’s just a rich cultural heritage that we’re trying to preserve here,” said Eric Berley.

Loyer said he was happy the fountain had been sold to owners who would allow others to enjoy it’s history.

“These two young men were very passionate about early soda fountains and I felt good about them having it and that it was going to be in good hands,” he said.

Berley said he and his brother are still considering how they will use the fountain. It consists of a front bar section, made of marble, and the soda fountain itself. Combined, it weighs close to a ton, he said.

The pair is considering using the fountain in a museum that could be installed in the second floor of their location at 116 Market Street.

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