Huell first covered Galco’s Soda Pop Stop in 2000, and when he returned for a follow-up segment in 2008, he had almost singlehandedly turned the family-owned Highland Park market into a boutique soda pop destination. When Huell’s face lights up as he picks up a bottle of Sun Drop—which originates from his home state of Tennessee—it tells you everything you need to know about this episode: These soda bottles bring a sense of nostalgia and joy to people. It’s a surprisingly poignant theme that carries over to the follow-up segment; though owner and soda pop connoisseur John Nese’s parents passed away since the first episode, his grandchildren are now running around in the shop. “I don’t know whether I’ll be the one coming back for the update when they’re running the store,” says Nese. “But I see soda pop in their futures.”
Best Huell moment: When he grabs an original formula Dr. Pepper, unwittingly shakes it a few times and puts it back on the shelf. Also, when the original episode fades in and he inexplicably walks into the frame in the center of York Boulevard.