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.