Longtime Mid-Missouri pharmacist Dan Crider took over as pharmacy manager at Cal's Hometown Pharmacy this fall after joining the California business in February 2017.
The independent pharmacy opened in 2004 as part of the grocery store, which has been a mutually-beneficial arrangement for both businesses during the last 13 years.
The pharmacy has three full-time employees, including Sarah Gross and Louise Osborn. They also are looking to fill a part-time position.
Crider graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1985, and has worked in Mid-Missouri ever since.
As a teenager growing up in Union, Crider discovered his interest in chemistry and pharmaceuticals by working at an old-time corner drug store, complete with a soda fountain, he said.
At Cal's Hometown Pharmacy, Crider said he is particularly proud of the emergency serices and bubble pack — a few of the many ways the pharmacy provides individualized service to its customer.
The emergency service provides evening and weekend access for long-term care facilities and other urgent customer situations.
The bubble pack provides individually packed tablets in dated cards, which help customers and their caregivers keep track of if medicine has been taken or not.
The pharmacy's free delivery is a beneficial service for homebound customers, individuals working late or parents at home with sick children. Particularly during bad weather, the pharmacy may make up to a dozen deliveries a day.
Specialty products also are available through Hometown Pharmacy. In addition to presciption items, that could include skin creams, eye drops, dietary supplements and other health care products.
"We'll order it, if we don't have it," Crider said.
The staff strive to provide friendly service on the personal basis by knowing all of their customers.
"We want to be like the old-time pharmacy used to be," he said.
The business is open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m.-noon Saturday.