Yesterday, Lucy and Annabelle bounded right on in to Collier Drug and were greeted like the stars they think they are. If you live in Fayetteville, Arkansas, you probably already know how wonderful Collier Drug is. And if you don’t, you absolutely should. Collier is a once-upon-a-time drugstore, a dying breed in this world of soul sucking chain stores. Family-owned and independent—that’s the secret.
Not that’s it’s a secret.
So by now you’ve probably heard that Fayetteville was recently ranked by U.S. News as the 5th best place to live in America. If you extrapolate this, no doubt Collier is one of the top five drugstores in all the land.
This year, Collier celebrates 100 years in Fayetteville.
A century of history.
- The first Collier location (named Red Cross Drug) opened in 1917 on the Fayetteville Square. (This location was destroyed by fire in 1955.)
- The second Collier location (Collier Drug Store) opened on Dickson Street in 1950. It had a soda fountain and electric doors. At that time, the only other building in Arkansas with electric doors was the State Capitol building.
- In 1973, Collier became the 4th pharmacy in the United States to track prescriptions via computer.
- Today, Collier has expanded to nine locations and continues to offer free delivery and charge accounts.
Really? Who still provides charge accounts? And free anything?
Collier. That’s who.
And behind the check-out counter, dog treats are stashed for four-legged friends. Because Collier is dog-friendly, too.
Why we love it?
Each visit to Collier feels like a pleasure rather than an errand. In addition to the fact that Collier is local, family-owned, dog-friendly, and within walking distance from our house, we’re huge fans because:
- The people are super friendly and extremely helpful, going above and beyond to provide excellent service.
- We always see the same employees each time we visit, so turnover must be nonexistent.
- It’s a one stop gift shop with children toys, jewelry, hostess and birthday gifts, cards, Razorback goodies, fun things you don’t know you need, throw-back candy and treats. (Osceola friends: think Newcomb’s.)
- Getting prescriptions filled is a breeze with a syncing process, a text notification, and iPhone app for ordering refills.
- The air inside always smells like spice muffins.
By the way, if you haven’t bought for Valentine candy for your sweetheart, Collier has those wonderful satin Whitman / Russell Stover heart-shaped boxes of chocolate. Of course they do.
Go to Collier Drug and support local friendly folks. Tell them Lucy and Annabelle sent you. (Couldn’t resist.)
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.
P.S. Check out the Collier website for helpful information as well as the “Ask A Pharmacist” feature. This is not a sponsored ad. This is simply the truth from me to you. You’re welcome 😊 ❤ 😊
Watch this for cool old pics and jaunty music: