24 – #3 Lyon Block: A Wellness Center Then and Now

As I was re-reading a newspaper article from 1966 announcing the renovation of Apple Drugs (the memory I shared last week), the paper said that Max Apple was opening a modern new drug store and “Wellness Center”.  We call the Salem Apothecary a Wellness Center today too, but what a difference a half a century…

23 – The Max Apple Era

The biggest physical change that occurred at #3 Lyon Block was when Max Apple expanded the store to include #4 Lyon Block, making it into one and the space you see today.  That happened in 1966 and was an amazing undertaking. When Dawson Lyon rebuilt Lyon Block in 1875, he wanted a structure that would…

22 – Saint Beaman and the Senate Resolution

Our Memory Moment this week is a recent event which has prompted some real reminiscing on my part.  First and foremost, thank you to State Senator Erin Houchin for honoring the Salem Apothecary with a Senate Resolution recognizing 140 years of Pharmacy Service to Washington County at #3 Lyon Block on the Salem Square.  I…

21 – The Turquoise Baby

It’s Memorial Day weekend, time for the Indy 500, and time to start the parade season in Washington County!  My Memory Moment today is the story of my baby, the ’57 Chevy. This beautiful tourquiose machine has represented the Salem Apothecary in parades, on billboards and parked around town. First you must know, I was…

20 – More Than Just a Tag Line: We Care About Your Health!

“At Salem Apothecary we CARE about your Health” That was and continues to be one of the tag lines we used to advertise the Salem Apothecary. One of the first things we did as we created the Salem Apothecary was to remove the tobacco products from the store. That included not only cigarettes but also…

19 – Mentors: Carol Mahuron

This past Friday was Honor Day at Salem High School and I was pleased to present the Carol Mahuron Scholarship sponsored by Salem Apothecary to Carly Morris who will be  attending Franklin College on a pre-pharmacy track next year!  We established this scholarship when Carol retired from #3 Lyon Block in 2004 and the scholarship is awarded…

18 – Talk Derby and Disease Prevention To Me

Did you know #3 Lyon Block shares its birthday year with The Kentucky Derby? 1875 was a pretty important year when Colonel Merriweather Lewis completed his new race track on land given to him by William Churchill.  That same year, Dawson Lyon completed his second retail building on the north east side of the Salem…

17 – Transformations and Consultations

For over 100 years, the activities of a pharmacist were done in little cubbyhole areas away from the patient; filling prescriptions that were written in Latin abbreviations that patients wouldn’t understand. It was all an effort to be mysterious and secret. Pharmacy areas were often one step up above the patient and behind a high…

16 – “The Wall”

This week’s Memory Moment is about “The Wall” at #3 Lyon Block. There are several “THE”s here like “The Soda Fountain”, “The Elevator”, or “The Safe”. But “The Wall” is truly a unique aspect of #3 Lyon Block. It is on the south side of the store at the back as you climb the narrow,…

15 – Getting Nutty

When I was a little girl, my grandmother and I would come to town once a week to do grocery shopping and other errands. Sometimes those errands would take us to Apples Drugs at #3 Lyon Block and the first thing you noticed when you walked in the store was the marvelous aroma of roasting…

14 – Customized Compounding: Chemistry in the Lab

There was a time when all pharmacies were Compounding Pharmacies, but by the 1990’s pharmacists who could or would compound, were becoming rare. Salem Apothecary however, is a compounding pharmacy and our memory this week is about our journey to become a Compounding Pharmacy and what exactly that means to you and the community. Salem…

13 – The Cutting Edge of Cholesterol

The Apothecary has always prided itself in being one the front edge of the changes and advances in the healthcare world. In 1987 shortly after the Apothecary came into being, the pharmaceutical industry had declared war on high levels of cholesterol by releasing its first statin drug. New technology was available to use a finger…