In the late 1800s, Caleb Bradham marketed a beverage designed to help with digestion, but sales didn't take off until the small-town pharmacist changed the drink's name. It was known as "Brad's Drink" up until 1898 when Bradham changed the name to Pep-Kola.

Pep-Kola quickly became Pepsi and the rest is history. The company now operates in more than 200 countries and employs nearly 300,000 people. Later this month the beverage giant is celebrating its 125th birthday with parties in cities all around the world including one here in Rochester, Minnesota.  

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Celebrate 125 Years of Pepsi at Gillette Pepsi Rochester with a Fun-Filled Birthday Bash!

The Gillette Pepsi team is inviting the community to join their family for a "grand" birthday bash.  Check out the details below. 

Gillette Pepsi was founded by Norman Gillette, Sr. back in 1937 in Viroqua, Wisconsin. Norman had one delivery truck, but over time was able to expand his operation across southern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, and southwestern Wisconsin. To this day, Gillette Pepsi is a family-owned business.

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Gillette Pepsi Rochester is throwing a party to celebrate Pepsi's 125th Birthday on Monday, August 28, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.


The event will be held at Gillette Pepsi Rochester which is located at 3393 Commercial Drive SW in Rochester. This event is free and everyone is invited to attend.

Free Food and Drinks


Rideability will be grilling brats at the party which will be free. (donations will gladly be accepted and will go to the non-profit group)

Cake, Ice cream, and your favorite Pepsi beverages will be available to enjoy.


You don't need to bring a gift for Pepsi. Instead, they'll be handing out gifts. The first 125 families to arrive at the party will receive exclusive party favors.

Fun and Games! 

There will be games and activities for kids and plenty of entertainment to ensure a good time.

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300 First Avenue NE Plainview, MN 55964

  • Rare opportunity with this Victorian-style home.
  • 4 bedrooms, ornate and open stairway in front, back maid stairway opens to kitchen. 
  • Maple hardwood floors, ornate cast iron heating, leaded glass windows, main floor laundry and pocket doors. 
  • Side and front porch, cement patio and deck opens to kitchen. Walkup attic. 
  • Many perennial flowers and nice trees. Rear wood privacy fence. 

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