Thursday, December 20, 2012
1961 Whalens Christmas Ad
Sadly, with so many regional and national drug store chains competing against each other and staking out their turf on almost every major street corner, the family-owned drug store is pretty much a thing of the past.
Whalen Drugs, though, is one of those places I can still see in the misty recesses of my mind. I've already mentioned in this blog the big advertisement for Bowman Ice Cream that was painted on the side of the building facing Meister Road.
Once inside, you could expect a cheery greeting from June Gajdos, who worked there in the back as a clerk for more than 25 years. She was outgoing and friendly, and always recognized me when I went in there to check out the huge comic book rack or buy a Bub's Daddy. "Hey, Brady!" she might shout at me. It made it nice to go in there.
Whalen Drugs closed in 1986, when the owners – Bob and Geraldine Whalen – retired, and with the shuttering of the business went another piece of Lorain's small-town personality.
Today, ironically, a CVS Pharmacy sits on the site.