Biloxi deserves a Barq's Museum. For 120 years the residents of Biloxi and Mississippi Coast have been unwavering consumers and champions for the now world famous root beer, and yet it is not common knowledge that Barq's was invented here in Biloxi. A museum dedicated to the past, present, and future of Barq's would serve Biloxi and the community in a number of ways:
1) Make the word and product "BARQ's" synonymous with Biloxi and Mississippi.
The same way 90% of the general pubic thinks Atlanta when they think of Coca-Cola, this museum would contribute a big part to associating Biloxi with Barq's.
2) Revitalize the dwindling Vieux Marche of Downtown Biloxi, with a Barq's Museum that over time would become a major tourist attraction.
3) The museum could consist of a number of quirky interactive exhibits for both children and adults, a "Root Beer Theater" with a 30 minute looping compilation of Barq's history, advertisements, and fun. A tasting station that mimics the Coca-Cola Tasting Station in Disney World, with a bar of current and discontinued Barq's products. The centerpiece and money maker would be a tasteful, but enormous gift shop with a plethora of Barq's products and apparel, most of which could be exclusives to the museum and museum's online gift shop.
The museum should be focused on attention to detail, and fun. Like a 30 foot Barq's bottle at the entrance to the museum, or the red barrels from the original Barq's label – come to life, with red painted barrels around the perimeter of the building. Most importantly the building itself painted half blue and half silver like the two iconic logos.
The more signatures we get the better, and we'll share them with the Barq's Family, The Mayor of Biloxi, and Coca Cola, in hopes of building this temple to the Goodest of All Root Beers, the one with Bite... Barq's!