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Lawrence’s Mass Street Soda opening shop in the Legends Outlets

The Lawrence shop offers more than 1,300 varieties of premium soda.
The Lawrence shop offers more than 1,300 varieties of premium soda. Mass Street Soda

Lawrence’s Mass Street Soda Co. is coming to the metro.

Founders Matt Baysinger and Lucas Thompson opened the soda shop in April 2014, offering more than 1,300 varieties of premium craft sodas, including bottles of Dang Butterscotch Root Beer from Wisconsin, Filbert's Lime Green Old Time Chicago Soda, and Olde Brooklyn Birch Beer - and drawing soda fans from up to 200 miles away.

They also ship their sodas to online customers across the country.

Now they’ve signed a lease for a 1,600-square-foot space at the Legends Outlets Kansas City, 1843 Village West Parkway, Suite C-127, Kansas City, Kan., under Dave & Buster’s. They plan to open KC Soda Co. there by June with a similar menu as Mass Street Soda Co., including ice cream and floats.

“We have to buy in such bulk quantities that this essentially doubles our buying power,” Baysinger said. “I would expect our number of available sodas to climb significantly as soon as we open.”

Then the partners will introduce their own soda under the KC Soda Co. brand later this summer. The first three flavors will be a cream soda, a root beer with a special kick (perhaps cinnamon), and a peach soda using peaches from Kansas and Missouri. Then they will ask fans to suggest the next flavors. The two retail shops also will offer KC Soda Co. flavors on tap, including seasonal flavors.

In other updates, Mass Street Soda never had an official grand opening. So now it has scheduled one from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday with live music and free soda samples.

Baysinger, Thompson and another partner, Ryan Henrich, also are opening Breakout KC in the River Market, a live action escape room game based on the popular online games. It is scheduled to open later this month.

To reach Joyce Smith, call 816-234-4692 or send email to jsmith@kcstar.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter at JoyceKC

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