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Its been months since Walgreens bought-out and put the kibosh on longtime Lakeview pharmacy, Parkway Drugs. It wasn't long before that stretch of Clark between Fullerton and Belden got back on it's feet and will soon open another small, locally owned business. A few of Parkway's ex-employees' heartfelt ambitions have come to fruition thanks to efforts spearheaded by Aaron Pietrykowski.
At the beginning of this month, a vacant store front a few meters south of the now decrepit Parkway was inhabited by Pietrykowski and started to be fit with new shelving, and some careful details. Stopping by the Aaron's Apothecary over the long weekend, we had the privilege to look around while they were stocking the shelves and laying out schematics. The quality of products and array of brands show that Aaron's Apothecary wants to become a neighborhood fixture and a destination for non-residents. On Febrary 1st, Aaron and his crew will open Aaron's Apothecary based on the Parkway model and existing clientele. Speaking with Aaron, he's always expanding and evolving the store's selection to be a more current outlet for hair, body, and skincare and expanding on Parkway's array of gifts, housewares, children's wares, and a selection of food stuffs including Jonathan Adler, Vosges, and Mason Pearson. — Jared Hatch