To our knowledge, no one has looked at bacterial contamination from soda fountain
machines before, and our results may have public health implications," said Renee Godard, PhD, a study co-author and professor of biology and director of environmental studies at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va.
Recognizing that children - not parents - often decide where families eat, account executive Kirk Wallace and the creative team at Forza Marketing Group (formerly Martin & Martin) had set their sights on updating Dixie Cafe's soda fountain.
The result was tweaking the soda fountain as a "destination within a destination.
With the soda fountain under performing, Martin says, and the difficultly of getting children excited about mashed potatoes and other grown-up foods, Forza pitched a revamped version.
Schy says he has installed soda fountains recently in several restaurants.
His firm also sets up temporary soda fountains for special events.
At 79, Gershon is getting a chance to relive her youth at the De Soto Pharmacy's newly installed soda fountain.
Paul Lin comes to the soda fountain a couple of times a week while visiting a friend who owns the store next door.