Archive for October, 2009

PHOTOESSAY: The Desk Tchotchkes of Jones.

October 29th, 2009 by Andrew B | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Your intrepid correspondent waded through the dangerous swamps at the Jones Soda World Headquarters in search of the odd and the arty. Here’s what he found:

Animatronic Flashlights...Chas

Animatronic Flashlights...Chas

OBJECT: Animatronic Flashlights

OWNER: Chas

These funky flashlights came in handy for Jones’ Earth Day Event (see it at  http://www.jonessoda.com/files/earth-day.php). They moo, roar, whinny and cluck when activated, turning every inconvenient power outage into a barnyard extravaganza!

Cute Nodding Cats...Hannah

Cute Nodding Cats...Hannah

OBJECT: Cute Nodding Cats

OWNER: Hannah

This triumvirate of nodding felines is supposed to be lucky, but Hannah tells your correspondent that, late at night, when Hannah is trying to finish her month-end reports, they tell her things. True, terrible things. She’s tried throwing them away—once she even threw them off the Bremerton ferry into the deepest part of the Sound—but they turn up back on her desk the next day like nothing’s happened.

Puffin d'art...the Operations Department

Puffin d'art...the Operations Department

OBJECT: Puffin d’art

OWNER: the Operations Department

One of our vendors sends us a hand-carved bird every year. The puffin is a favorite. He turns up in the strangest places.

PUFFIN VS. DINO SMACKDOWN! TWO ENTER ONE LEAVES!

PUFFIN VS. DINO SMACKDOWN! TWO ENTER ONE LEAVES!

 

 
Tacos de los Muertos Taco Truck...Cory

Tacos de los Muertos Taco Truck...Cory

OBJECT: Tacos de los Muertos Taco Truck

OWNER: Cory

Embodying our love for taco truck in papercraft form!

Origami...LB

Origami...LB

OBJECT: Origami

OWNER: LB       

 Steve’s quite the Origami master, and he doesn’t mind sharing.

Paper Bag Guy...the Operations Department

Paper Bag Guy...the Operations Department

OBJECT: Paper Bag Guy

OWNER: the Operations Department

 The real brains behind Ops.

Bottles...Everybody

Bottles...Everybody

OBJECT: BOTTLES

OWNER: EVERYBODY

 This being a soda company, though, mostly we decorate with bottles.

More Bottles...Pretty Near Everybody

More Bottles...Pretty Near Everybody

OBJECT: More Bottles

OWNER: Pretty near everybody

 More bottles, including our infamous 2006 Turkey and Gravy Soda.

Bottles a la Warhol...Your Humble Jones Photojournalist

Bottles a la Warhol...Your Humble Jones Photojournalist

OBJECT: Bottles a la Warhol

OWNER: Your Humble Jones Photojournalist

 Who’s that handsome devil?

 

Thanks for joining us on our tour! Watch this space for more updates!

Some Jones History from a Jones Historian

October 20th, 2009 by Andrew B | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

From Jones collector, historian and former employee Jason Hockney:

Who can forget FUN?

Who can forget FUN?

Jones Soda has had many, many… MANY flavors over the 13 or so years we’ve been around. We thought it’d be really fun to go through and show our adoring fans some of the rarest of the rare bottles, flavors and ideas that we’ve come up with throughout the years.

Our friend Pineapple Upside Down Soda

Our friend Pineapple Upside Down Soda

Old School Jones Juice...Fu Cran Fu

Old School Jones Juice...Fu Cran Fu

Also, it might be fun to let you folks in on a few inside secrets you might find on our bottles, both old and new. So without any further adieu, here are just a few random facts about Jones Soda Flavors, labels, people and bottles.

Sugar Free Ginger Ale...yum

Sugar Free Ginger Ale...yum

-          Jones’ first American address listed on the back of a Jones Soda Bottle was 4550 Birch Bay Rd, in Blaine, WA. There was never a Jones office in or near the town of Blaine, WA… but rather this was a PO Box that was close to the border of Canada. When Jones needed to collect bills from their American Distributing partners, they would have to cross the border and collect their mail and bring it back to the old warehouse/HQ in Vancouver, BC.

-          On the back of a Jones Soda Bottle, the labels changed from saying “Urban Juice and Soda Co” to Jones Soda Co. in 1999. In 2006, the front of the labels changed wording from “Jones Soda Co.” to “Jones Pure Cane Soda.”

-          When Jones Soda first began, there was only one contributing photographer, Victor John Penner, from Vancouver, BC. All of the “Original Six” flavors featured his photos. The idea to include submitted fans’ photographs wasn’t a fully realized production possibility until after the first run of Jones had begun.

-          By last count, Jones Soda has released a total of over 150 Different flavors of product across 11 Different Brand platforms.

  • Jones Soda
  • Jones Natural Soda
  • Jones Sugar Free (AKA Slims, AKA Zilch)
  • Jones Organics
  • Jones 24C
  • Jones GABA
  • Jones Naturals
  • Jones Juice
  • Jones Waters (AKA WAZU Water)
  • Jones Energy
  • Whoopass Energy Drink

If you care enough, We want to know if you would like to see a blog dedicated SOLELY TO OLD, DISCARDED, “RETIRED” Flavors of Jones.. Any interest? You may even win some!

Jones Soda Goes BASE Jumping… The adventures of our IT Guy

October 16th, 2009 by Andrew B | No Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Jones Soda Goes BASE Jumping…The adventures of our IT Guy

Jones Soda Goes BASE Jumping…The adventures of our IT Guy

Bridge Day is the largest extreme sports event and the largest gathering of BASE jumpers in the world, held on the third Saturday in October every year in Fayetteville, West Virginia, USA.