by Steve J. Sourapas with Rosanne Gostovich Royer
James Constantine Sourapas, founder of the family’s soft drink business, arrived in Seattle in 1919 (after his audacious life in Portland had landed him in jail with a big fine to pay.) It was the midst of an economic downturn and the beginning of Prohibition – a good time to buy a business, especially one that appealed to a thirsty population. Sourapas formed important alliances with other soft drink pioneers, and established a family business that extended through three generations.
Author Steve Sourapas succeeded his dad as president of the company. Co-author Rosanne Gostovich Royer is a founder of the Ethnic Heritage Council of Seattle.