Best of the Boat: Lyon Drug voted top pharmacy
Nearly 95 years in the same location is enough to make you rise to the top of anyone’s list. Such is the case with Lyon Drug at 840 Lincoln Ave., founded in 1920 as Chamberlain Gray before adopting the Lyon family name in 1946. With 37-year owners Tom and Nancy Clapsaddle recently selling it to pharmacists Jen Campbell and Wendy Lyon, that tradition of local ownership and friendly customer service is being carried on better than ever.
“That’s what defines us — our excellent customer service,” pharmacist Matt Johnson says. “We’re also very involved in the community, from sponsoring such events as the rodeo series to hosting ice cream socials for the schools. We try to stay engaged and give back. The names and faces here are those that people know around town.”
Lyon’s also holds its own and more on the pharmaceutical side, known for its custom compounding and ability to make everything from estrogens to topical products. “We provide a lot of services that other pharmacies can’t,” Johnson says. “A lot of it isn’t out-of-the-box knowledge. It takes an extra skill set to make and compound products.”
All this comes along with an old-fashioned ice cream counter where you can load up on ice cream floats, $1 single cones and old-fashioned sodas made from a variety of syrups and carbonated water, as well as a gift shop for every occasion. While your prescription is getting filled, you can sip on a sarsaparilla or find that card for Valentine’s Day. “The gift shop and soda fountain give us a trifecta of popularity,” Johnson says. “The three go together really well.”
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