Check out this week’s Client Spotlight, Ted Winter! He and his business partner, Jason Risley, own a Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shop on Main Street in Grapevine. Check out the store for all of your last-minute stocking stuffers and fun gifts… or just to satisfy your own sweet tooth! Keep reading to learn more about his journey in starting the business and how he knew it was the right fit for him.
What were you doing before owning Rocket Fizz?
I was a sales leader for consumer products companies. My last job prior to Rocket Fizz was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Wolf Manufacturing, a mid-sized travel accessories company.
When you made the decision to open this franchise, were you completely sure in your decision or did you have any hesitations about owning a business?
My only hesitation was if I couldn’t secure the right location for a store. Once we found our location on Main Street, I knew we had made the right decision.
What is the most rewarding part of owning a business?
For my business partner, Jason Risley and I, it’s been a gift to have our children work at the store and work with them.
What advice would you have given yourself at the start of your entrepreneurial career and what advice would you give to people who are thinking of starting a business or investing in a franchise?
I think there can be fears about what it takes to own or run a business, don’t let your fears hold you back.
What is your favorite soda and candy? Do you have any fun facts about industry?
My favorite soda is still to be determined, we have over 500 sodas and I’ve yet to try them all. My favorite candy is Goetze Caramel Cream candy.
How do you make the holidays special?
We celebrate the season as a family by celebrating advent together, watching our favorite holiday movies and taking one night to drive around DFW looking at our favorite Christmas lights
How did you get connected with Christi, and what’s your favorite thing about working with our firm?
We were introduced to Christi by our financial advisor, Bruce Dunham. My wife was starting her own small business and Christi helped us prepare for her new venture. Christi and the team are friendly and knowledgeable.