Thursday, July 1, 2010

Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain | South Pasadena, CA

I became a regular patron of the Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain in the early 1990s after moving to Southern California to attend college. How I came upon this charming store front was by accident.

Looking for a bite to eat after watching a movie at the nearby Rialto Theater, the Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain seemed as good a place as any. To my surprise, it was better! With a complete menu offering classic soups, salads, and sandwiches, each item is both simple and hearty.

Located along the historic Route 66, the Fair Oaks Pharmacy & Soda Fountain first opened its doors in 1915. Known then as the South Pasadena Pharmacy, it quickly became a community cornerstone to not only bag a few personal necessities, but also catch up with a neighbor or a passing visitor. And though the name may have changed a handful of times over the years, not much else has.

Today, you can still fill a prescription, purchase vintage candies, and find anything from greeting cards to jewelry. And let's not forget that you can also jerk yourself an old-fashioned ice cream soda or savor any one of their specialty sundaes like "The Raymond," the "Huntington Heath," or the "Banana Blitz."

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