|Pasteur Pharmacy on E 34th St|
I needed a new shower curtain recently and I was disappointed
by the availability and variety in Duane Reade. DR stores, now owned by Walgreen’s, are strategically placed every 2-3 blocks in Manhattan, so there’s never an excuse to not shop there. After visiting four within a five-minute walk from my apartment, I decided to extend my search elsewhere and venture further into the bitter cold to
find the best indie apothecaries in New York City. Little did I know the selection of these shops that still remain open in Manhattan –– what a treat.
You know those kinds of pharmacies—the ones with imported
soaps you’ve never seen before, shiny department store cosmetics (minus the hell of walking into a department store), and wooden combs that cost more than the Time Warner bill. Apothecaries. Classic Rx.
|C.O. Bigelow in the Village is the oldest apothecary in this country.|
Did you know the oldest apothecary in America is here
in New York City? C.O. Bigelow has remained a Greenwich Village landmark for
175 years. Bigelow has the most intense WOW factor of all the pharmacies I visited.
that remind me of my high school science class, gilded chandeliers and railings, as well as long glass cabinets, I couldn’t help but feel like I stepped back in time.
|The gilded chandeliers and railings add to the charm at C.O. Bigelow.|
Did you know the oldest apothecary in America is here in New York City? C.O. Bigelow has remained a Greenwich Village landmark for 175 years. Bigelow has the most intense WOW factor of all the pharmacies I visited.
|The Apthorp Pharmacy is located in one of the most famous buildings in Manhattan.|
bright and sparkling shop beneath the prestigious Apthorp building at the corner of W. 78th and Broadway, Apthorp Pharmacy has served its community for
over 100 years with filling prescriptions, fertility Rx services, veterinary Rx
services, and prominent compounding.
|Colorful boxes or Marvis toothpaste line the shelves at the Apthorp Pharmacy.|
Apthorp is a one-stop
destination for Fekkai, Rene Furterer, and Moroccanoil® hair products, and also offers an overwhelming
assortment of candles, hairbrushes, bath salts, and imported soaps. They offer
same day delivery service to anywhere in Manhattan. If you’re a curious
hands-on shopper, you’ll want to touch every product in this store.
E 34th St
|Pasteur is known for its men’s shaving accoutrements.|
Pharmacy makes me wish I were a man so that I could blow my paycheck on shaving
supplies such as tools, creams, and brushes. I would have the most distinguished beard
of all of my friends. Seriously though, Pasteur’s is the Guggenheim of wet shaving
products. I couldn’t believe my eyes! I stood in the shaving aisle and felt like a jaw-dropped girl in Sephora for the first time, learning that eye shadow comes in more than two colors.
One Yelper raved, “If you can’t find a
health and beauty aid product here, you don’t need it.” Customers can find bath
and body products as well as pantry staples like canned soup, cereal and
oatmeal in the narrow aisles.
|The New London Pharmacy is located in the London Terrace apartments in Chelsea.|
first Duane Reade, on Broadway between Duane and Reade Streets in TriBeCa, and New London Pharmacy both opened their doors in 1960. The
cozy aisles of the New London Pharmacy are lined with everything from Melissa & Doug® toys, SPANX® undergarments,
nail polish, and Belgian Eggwhite Soap. There is a thorough selection of first
aid bandages and braces, as well as high-end sleep masks, cosmetic bags, and
tweezing tools. New London was named after the famous London Terrace apartments, which occupy the entire
block between W. 23rd and W. 24th Streets. This pharmacy
offers corporate discounts, as well as discounts to the apartment residents,
stylists, make-up artists and senior citizens.
|There’s no shortage of bows at Zitomer.|
first encountered Zitomer on my way to Ladurée. A lovely doorman opened the
heavy gold-framed door for me, and I entered this rather large store bursting
with the color pink, neon lights, and bright glass cases of department store
cosmetics and makeup. Straight from the 1980s, mannequins donned winter headbands.
Zitomer sells everything from jewelry, lingerie, LEGO products,
Dr. Seuss books, Grether’s Pastilles, to fashion tape. If you’re just running in
for one thing, expect to spend an hour buying products you never knew you
needed! The assortment of shower caps, bows, and scrunchies make this a
fun experience for all ages.
Tempted to take home everything including a kitchen sink from my apothecary excursion, I settled for a new shower curtain this time around, but will return to these classic pharmacies for impulse purchases sometime soon.