Mor­ri­son Phar­macy — serv­ing the neigh­bor­hood since 1859

The Review - - Front Page - ByA­manda Gal­lagher For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

It’s hard to over­state how deeply root­edMor­ri­son Phar­macy is in the Roxbor­ough com­mu­nity. The phar­macy has been a main­stay for gen­er­a­tions, hav­ing been in con­tin­u­ous op­er­a­tion at its 6113 Ridge Ave. lo­ca­tion for nearly 160 years.

Ac­cord­ing to owner David Brad­stock, it is one of the old­est phar­ma­cies in the state and likely one of the old­est busi­nesses in the neigh­bor­hood.

The busi­ness was es­tab­lished in 1859 by James Mor­ri­son and run by the Mor­ri­son fam­ily for more than 100 years be­fore be­ing ob­tained by Brad­stock, who has worked at the phar­macy since 1974.

The store still has its orig­i­nal mar­ble steps and other fea­tures of a by­gone era, such as its tin ceil­ing and vin­tage cherry wood cab­i­netry. A beam in the ceil­ing shows where the store was once ex­panded to ac­com­mo­date a soda fountain, which Brad­stock said was taken out in the 1960s.

Given its long his­tory, Mor­ri­son Phar­macy is not like the typ­i­cal phar­macy that con­sumers to­day are ac­cus­tomed to, and though it is smaller and doesn’t sell as many goods as the larger phar­macy chains, it of­fers sev­eral ser­vices that oth­ers do not.

“We are the way it used to be,” Brad­stock said.

In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing pre­scrip­tions and sundry items, Mor­ri­son

of­fers free de­liv­ery and ac­cepts bill pay for all util­i­ties and credit cards. The store sells durable med­i­cal equip­ment and di­a­betic sup­plies, as well as Lit­tle House Can­dles, a line of hand­made can­dles that Brad­stock says have proven to be ex­tremely pop­u­lar.

Over the course of 40 years, Brad­stock has seen his share of changes, par­tic­u­larly in the sur­round- ing neigh­bor­hood. Many new, younger res­i­dents have moved into the neigh­bor­hood, and they’re choos­ing to shop at chain stores. At the same time, many of his el­derly pa­tients have been priced out of the area.

Brad­stock said he re­mem­bers a time when he could step out­side the store in the evening, and the side­walk­swere so crowd­ed­with peo­ple that he couldn’t see the near­est corner from his door. Ridge Av­enue was once “such a di­verse busi­ness dis­trict,” he said, that it made it pos­si­ble to stay open later into the evening. With less foot traffic in the neigh­bor­hood, the store is now open dur­ing reg­u­lar busi­ness hours, clos­ing on week­days at 6 p.m.

When asked what has al­lowed Mor­ri­son Phar­macy to suc­ceed for so long, Brad­stock said it is the per­son­al­ized ser­vice.

“We’re the Cheers of phar­ma­cies,” he said, adding they do know a lot of cus­tomers by name. Some fam­i­lies have been com­ing Mor­ri­son for gen­er­a­tions, he said.

Pa­tients who come to Mor­ri­son can be sure they will be able to speak to a phar­ma­cist at any time. If a pa­tient chooses to use a mail ser­vice phar­macy, they may not be able to speak to a phar­ma­cist about their med­i­ca­tion, and as a re­sult, they might not be get­ting all of the in­for­ma­tion they need, Brad­stock ex­plained. If they come to him, he is able to look at a pa­tient’s file and see ev­ery­thing they’re tak­ing in or­der to en­sure that they are get­ting the full ben­e­fits from their medicine.

Be­yond that, Mor­ri­son Phar­macy has main­tained a phi­los­o­phy of al­ways do­ing what it takes to make sure peo­ple can ac­cess the med­i­ca­tion they need.

Brad­stock ex­plained that dur­ing The Great De­pres­sion, many fam­i­lies didn’t have­money to pay formed­i­ca­tion. But Mor­ri­son (the owner him­self) would never al­low lack of funds pre­vent a sick per­son pa­tient from get­ting their medicine.

“A lot of [pa­tients] never for­got that,” he said. “I think that’s what sep­a­rates us.”


6113Ridge Ave., Roxbor­ough 215-482-2697 mor­


Mon­day to Fri­day: 8a.m. to 6p.m. Satur­day: 8a.m. to 3p.m.


Pro­pri­etor Dave Brad­stock stands in­side Mor­ri­son Phar­macy in Roxbor­ough.


Mor­ri­son Phar­macy is lo­cated at 6113Ridge Ave. in Roxbor­ough.


Mor­ri­son Phar­macy in Roxbor­ough has been in op­er­a­tion since 1859.


Mor­ri­son Phar­macy in Roxbor­ough has been in op­er­a­tion since 1859.


Mor­ri­son Phar­macy in Roxbor­ough has been in op­er­a­tion since 1859.

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