Posted: Oct 19, 2009 4:57 AM by Jeannette Hynes and Jamie Smith
Updated: Oct 19, 2009 4:57 AM
The down economy may seem like the wrong time to start a small business, but a Colorado Springs man decided it's the perfect time. Our News First 5's reporter Jeannette Hynes takes a peek at "Squeak."
Joey Suntken takes his sweets seriously,"you think about that business 24/7." Suntken says. Especially his 61 flavors of soda that are made fresh with no preservatives. "They're not sitting around in a can" he says.
Some people told him no one would like the way he makes soda, but he left his marketing job with Wrigley gum, a job he liked, to try his hand at a soda shop anyway. Joey says a downturn economy is the perfect time to open a place like Squeak. He says "it's about having that little mini yummy indulgence that just makes us happy, that just makes us forget and makes us recharge and reconnect."
Joey's advice is to those who think they have an inner entrepreneur trying to escape. "Be afraid, do your homework, and don't go into it willie nille." Suntken says. "If you want to do it, do it."
Joey Suntken says if all goes well, he'll open up a few more squeak soda shops around the area.