Friday, February 29, 2008

Webster's

I just love Webster's. Love, love, love Webster's. It's a pharmacy, gift shop, post office, liquor store, stationery supplier, card shop, video rental shop and scrapbooking store all rolled into one place.

Well, not exactly one place.

After being in business since 1926 as a single, connected store, Webster's has been divided into separate entities in the last year or so. Now, to go from the pharmacy to the stationery store, for example, you have to exit to the parking lot or the street. As I understand it, it's for accounting purposes. But Webster's—all of it—is still owned by members of the Webster family. Third generation now.

If I remember correctly, Webster's is the second oldest business in Altadena. The oldest is Altadena Hardware. I make the trip there because I like supporting family-owned and small businesses. Plus, people at the pharmacy know me by name. It's one of the small-town pleasures you can still get around here if you look for it. And if you nurture it.

5 comments:

Jim said...

Thats a neat picture. Looks like at one time the made their own intestinal antiseptic. Not sure what that is, but I dont think I would want to take it.

lynn said...

Looks an interesting store, Petrea! Great photo, this is.

Petrea said...

These are old bottles on display in a case. Maybe I should edit the copy and make that clear!

Michael said...

Actually, I was confused at first because I thought you were talking about the dictionary! Really captured my attention Petrea! Nice shot. And are you posting for theme day today?

Petrea said...

Hi Michael! I just posted for theme day. It's already March 2nd in Paris, I believe...