Alexis Roberts McMillan became a pharmacist because her family business—Economy Drug—was so much fun.
“It had a soda fountain, comic books, a jukebox, people coming in being friendly with my parents,” says Alexis, 61. Every day after school, she’d stop by the Tallahassee, Fla., business for ice cream.
Her mother, now in her 80s, was one of the first two graduates of Florida A&M University’s pharmacy program—which Alexis later attended. What daughter has learned from mom: “We talk shop most of the time we’re together,” says Alexis, who became Economy Drug’s manager after her father, Howard, died in 1990. “Her business acumen is still on point and she constantly gives me advice.” What mom has learned from daughter:
“To listen. I try not to always be the boss.” Best gift ever: “That my children have been able to succeed in their professions and give to society,” says Geraldine.