Drug Shoppe

An authentic old-fashioned pharmacy lunch counter

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he Nantucket Pharmacy’s old-fashioned lunch and ice-cream counter, with its retro stools and vintage signs and advertising, looks like something from another time. But it’s not a gimmick. It’s all real. Breakfast, lunch, and ice cream have been served up here since 1930s, when those impersonal chain pharmacies weren’t even glints in their shareholders’ eyes. It keeps this history alive by using the original hardware, including antique sundae boats and syrup-squirters. For a one-of-a-kind-breakfast, sink your teeth into the most popular items on the menu: a toasted onion bagel with cream cheese, scallions, and bacon. You may need to visit the pharmacist after you eat one, but it will be worth it. Clements

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The number of independent drug stores in America is growing more quickly than the number of chains, with about 470 opening per year—almost three times as many as the chains add. But revenues of, and the number of prescriptions filled by independents is declining.

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