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Soda Fountain serves up old-fashioned fun

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily Tribune

Sara Thompson / Tahoe Daily TribuneBecca Gardner serves up a cherry ice cream soda at the Red Hut Soda Fountain.

The Gardner family opened the Red Hut Soda Fountain on June 22, and the soda jerks have been hopping ever since.

“I’m getting tennis elbow from scooping,” said Becca Gardner.

Customers can experience a blast from the past when they visit the 1950s-style shop. The soda jerks perform whipped-cream tosses and magic tricks to keep patrons entertained and coming back.

“I want to have totally outrageous, over-the-top service,” Kelly Gardner said.

The Gardners opened the new Red Hut restaurant in the Ski Run Shopping Center in March. Extra space was available in the building, and they decided to make it into a soda fountain.

Nancy and Dick Gardner own the three Red Hut restaurants, and their son, Rick Gardner, and his wife Kelly took on the Soda Fountain with the Smiths and the Duprees.

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Kelly Gardner, her daughter, Becca, and Robyn Smith are running the Soda Fountain.

When they were hiring employees, they decided to look for younger workers, such as high school and college students.

Instead of hiring about 15 full-time employees, Kelly Gardner said more than 30 employees were staffed with shorter shifts.

“We have a lot of amazing, awesome kids in town, and this gives them a chance to work,” she said.

Kelly Gardner said she wants the shop to be an experience for people, rather than just the place they get ice cream or coffee.

Adorning the walls are old photographs of South Shore kids eating ice cream. The Gardners, Smiths and the Duprees are some of the families in the photos.

All customers are entertained when they come to the Soda Fountain, Becca Gardner said. Sometimes the line gets long, but the customers have a show to watch while they’re waiting.

The shop stays true to its theme with its uniforms and by serving phosphates – carbonated beverages made from scratch by the soda jerks, Smith said. The Soda Fountain serves cherry, chocolate and vanilla phosphates, as well as ice cream sodas.

Besides serving old-fashioned sodas, the shop has a Tahoe-inspired sundae menu, with dishes named Rim Trail, Potholes and Desolation Wilderness. The Soda Fountain also has a secret menu, which people have to come in and check out.

The shop is a fun place to hang out at night, but it also has something for morning people. Baristas work at the shop and make espresso drinks with Alpen Sierra coffee, and serve bagels from Rude Brothers and pastries made by Red Hut waitresses, Rick Gardner said.

The shop is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. all week, and is in the Ski Run Shopping Center, at the corner of Lake Tahoe and Ski Run boulevards. For more information, call (530) 600-0690.

ReSell It 4 U now open

Denise Llewellyn started ReSell It 4 U last month after selling items on eBay for about five years.

She researches items people want to sell on eBay, comes up with a price, oversees the auction and ships it to its new home.

Llewellyn has set up an easy three-step process for clients: drop off the item, watch the auction and then collect the check.

In about 30 to 45 days, a client is able to collect a check. The item needs to be worth $50 or more, Llewellyn said.

The ReSell It 4 U drop-off center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or by appointment. It’s inside Integrity Locksmith, 2197 Lake Tahoe Blvd., No. 1.

For more information call (530) 541-7355.

Doula contact information

An article in the Tribune’s July 3 edition did not list the contact information for Launa Martin’s Zen Birth Doula Services. Her phone number is (207) 664-4085, and her e-mail is zendoula@hotmail.com.

Chamber meeting

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce board will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Horizon Casino Resort. For more information, call (775) 588-1728.

– Have information on your business you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or sthompson@tahoedailytribune.com.

Denise Llewellyn started ReSell It 4 U last month after selling items on eBay for about five years.

She researches items people want to sell on eBay, comes up with a price, oversees the auction and ships it to its new home.

Llewellyn has set up an easy three-step process for clients: drop off the item, watch the auction and then collect the check.

In about 30 to 45 days, a client is able to collect a check. The item needs to be worth $50 or more, Llewellyn said.

The ReSell It 4 U drop-off center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, or by appointment. It’s inside Integrity Locksmith, 2197 Lake Tahoe Blvd., No. 1.

For more information call (530) 541-7355.

An article in the Tribune’s July 3 edition did not list the contact information for Launa Martin’s Zen Birth Doula Services. Her phone number is (207) 664-4085, and her e-mail is zendoula@hotmail.com.

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce board will meet at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Horizon Casino Resort. For more information, call (775) 588-1728.

– Have information on your business you’d like to share? Contact reporter Sara Thompson at (530) 542-8009 or sthompson@tahoedailytribune.com.