Montclair Pharmacy’s been around since 1936, and at this La Salle location (map) since 1957. I’m not a native villager, but am loyal to this pharmacy for my drugstore needs. It just seems like the right place to go, with staff who have been around the block.
A few years ago, these guys came to my rescue when I was dealing with sciatica. As I hopped down the aisles writhing in pain, they made the prescription and home-delivery process easy.
Their matter-of-fact approach was important, because I couldn’t drive and was in dire need. The delivery person arrived quickly and, as a fellow sciatica sufferer, brought a little more empathy too.
I’m sure the other pharmacy options in town are fine. Yet given the chance, I’ll always favor the independent Montclair Pharmacy in this era of chains-are-everything. It feels better to visit pharmacist Bill Sullivan, who’s been here since the store opened 51 years ago.
The first time I set foot in this place, I wasn’t needy at all. I simply wanted to kill a little time, and stopped by to inspect the travel books on hand.
Instead, I engaged in friendly banter with the shopkeeper about the Hayward Fault. While he’s likely shared the geological markers over and over, he took the time to point out the 1989-era crack running through the store and across La Salle. All part of the charm, I think.