About a year ago, New Creation Soda Works moved into the old Thaxton Turkey Hatchery on Old Bishop Road, sharing space with Sons of Sawdust and Peach State Pride. 

“Business is going great,” said owner Paul Kooistra at the June 20 Watkinsville City Council Meeting. 

Kooistra’s sodas are in 30 local locations, including Tree House Market, Striplings General Store, Chops & Hops and Jittery Joes. Discussions are underway to carry the specialty drinks at the newly opened Pub on Main in downtown Watkinsville. 

“We would love to get more face-time in the city,” Kooistra told the city council.

The Watkinsville City Council approved a mobile retail unit at the lot adjacent to Chick-n-Fix at 44 North Main Street so that Kooistra can sell his soda pop directly to consumers. 

The owner of that property, Joyce Hardigree, leases the space to the city of Watkinsville. It’s been used periodically by independent retailers and entrepreneurs, selling items from grills to barbecue to flowers to football and basketball merchandise. 

For more on this story, see the June 28 edition of The Oconee Enterprise, on sale now at convenience stores and grocery stores and newspaper boxes throughout Oconee County. To subscribe, go to oconeeenterprise.comor call (706) 769-5175.

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