The special flavor of enjoying an ice cream soda on a warm summer afternoon at Timblin Drug Store in downtown Port Clinton many years ago still resonates with Bob Fujita. He’s sure the new Cosmic Rayz Atomic Emporium opening in spring will bring back those good old days, as well as a many other great attractions.
Fujita and The Liberty Aviation Museum will be opening the new store in downtown Port Clinton in the store front of another icon, the former Green’s Pharmacy at 200 Madison St., on the corner of Second Street. Green’s Pharmacy finally closed a couple of years ago after 150 years, but the store front has been reimagined and fully renovated by Fujita.
Cosmic Rayz Atomic Emporium will feature a restored classic 1950s soda fountain, serving up traditional ice cream and soda creations surrounded by the nostalgic atmosphere of that era. A wide-ranging mix of products, including retro-themed toys and novelties, hard to find bottled sodas, the popular bulk candies originally sold at Green’s and local collectibles will be available.
Liberty Aviation Museum’s Operations Director Bob Fujita and Museum Administrator Connie Neives say they want to be very respectful of the years of service by Green’s Pharmacy and Timblin Drug Store to Port Clinton.
A soft store opening will take place in spring, with a grand opening celebration to follow shortly after. Updates of of the museum’s renovations and more are coming soon to the Cosmic Rayz Atomic Emporium Facebook page: facebook.com/cosmicrayzportclinton.
In addition, a new website is currently being created for the store. Questions can be directed to Connie Nieves, Museum Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bob Fujita, Operations Director at email@example.com, or call 419-732-0234.
Some of the original Green’s Pharmacy signage will remain in place, along with other reminders of the building’s history. Flooring, plumbing, lighting, and other electrical work are being completed to make visitors comfortable and every visit a memorable experience in a historic setting.
Cosmic Rayz Atomic Emporium will have its own mission, as well.
All proceeds from Cosmic Rayz Atomic Emporium will help support the Liberty Aviation Museum, a non-profit organization receiving no government funding.
Cosmic Rayz Atomic Emporium will handle ticket sales for the Liberty Aviation Museum, and help to fund a wide range of its magnificent restorations at the museum. Workers are diligently restoring a PT Boat of the type that once carried President John Kennedy in Word War II, and a brand new Tin Goose, the Ford Trimotor aircraft that ferried Port Clinton visitors to Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island.
The “new” Tin Goose will be an air worthy replica of America’s first coast-to-coast passenger airliner made by the Ford Motor Company between 1925 and 1933. Only 199 were built and only 12 remain, with six still flying.