Yesterday afternoon, I discovered the place where time stands still.
After being given a prescription of sorts for very specific maternity support hose, I sought out Leesburg Pharmacy. It’s somewhat inconveniently located to my home, but I don’t expect that to matter now as I’ve completely fallen in love with the place.
Charming attributes of this particular pharmacy include:
- Incredible customer service. You know when two employees are talking to each other and they either A) don’t want to acknowledge you or B) acknowledge you in a way that makes you feel like your business actually inconveniences them? Not so at Leesburg Pharmacy. One man was not only quick to assist me in the support hose department, but immediately requested the help I’d need to be measured for the correct size.
- Employees who remain professional. I have to say, when you’re being measured at the ankle, calf, thigh and hips, it’s nice to have a woman working the tape measurer who doesn’t act like it’s Monday and that life is the pits. Even after she had assisted me regarding the hose, she sought out a pharmacist to ask – just in case – if there was anything else that I could do for my miserable, charley-horsed right calf.
- An adorable gift shop. Seriously, they have the cutest stuff! I really felt like I was in an old school pharmacy and not a makeup department, a convenience store or a photo processing center.
- They have a bathroom… and you’re allowed to use it. We ALL know that EVERYONE has a bathroom for their employees, right? They just don’t always like to share their bathroom with us, the consumer. One particular highlight (for a Square Piece like me) is the old timey, turn-the-crank paper towel dispenser. I hate those automated ones that you flap and wave at just to get a few inches of towel at a time. Then there are those air blowing hand dryers that sound like a plane is about to take off. They always make the skin on the back of my hand travel, spread and stretch like someone’s going at me with an invisible butter knife. It’s unsettling. No, Goldilocks Square Piece likes selecting juuuuuuust the right amount of paper towel that her little hands might need. I suppose this privilege has been abused in the past and perhaps that’s why people have resorted to fancier and more terrifying means of hand drying. Me, I prefer to crank it like a jack-in-the-box.
- They have an unusual selection of make-you-feel-better products. I found one that might interest my clients. They’re always telling me to invent a device to keep them in the ideal head up/chin up/back straight/hold still posture. Well, here you have it!
- But the strangest difference that I noticed at this pharmacy that made my experience so positive was how “still” the atmosphere felt. Surprisingly, they weren’t playing any music over the speakers. You could hear the employees and the employees could hear you, too. More importantly, I could hear myself think (without commercials or Katy Perry interrupting my train of thought). If I hadn’t pointed this out, you may not have noticed it; but how many places can you go these days where you don’t feel moved along or crowded by hurried beats and indifferent employees? Ahhh, silence. Gotta love it.
Two thumbs up for Leesburg Pharmacy.
Additionally, two thumbs up to Brian for being super sweet about these support hose. I texted him while at the pharmacy:
Me: Wow! Real support hose cost so much! $93.50
Guess what he replied…
Brian: Worth it.
Almost made me tear up a bit.
what an endorsement! i must go and check it out. it looks like my favorite pharmacy we went to when i lived in kentucky. all kinds of fun stuff to peruse while your script is being filled.
I’ll bet it does remind you of Kentucky! I certainly didn’t feel like in was still in Northern Virginia!
How sad that I live in Buffalo, NY and will likely never get to visit your awesome pharmacy. But I do have an original 5 & 10, run by two elderly brothers. The old ways are wonderful!
Here’s hoping that your new, pricy, support hose will improve your comfort level and improve some of those miserable side effects you have been suffering.
Indeed, the old ways ARE wonderful. Yes, hopes are high for the hose. But I STILL have to acknowledge that other women have much harder pregnancies than I’ve had.
I LOVE this little pharmacy. I’ve lived in Northern VA my entire life, and when I lived in the Leesburg area, I made weekly trips to this store, just to check out the gift shop. You’re so right in that the service is friendly, down-to-earth, and just makes you feel good when you walk in. It’s SO nice to see that a place like that has “survived” after all these years.
I think we like a lot of the same things, Kelly! I can totally see you getting caught up in this place.
Yeah! Love that place. Bruce is the owner. I worked at the craft store a few stores down while in college! Glad your getting what you need make you feel better
Reminds me of the equipped for life that I had to go into for a wrist splint. The people were super helpful and kind, the store looked a lot like ur pictures. I left there pleasantly surprised.
I almost asked you on yesterday’s post if it was Leesburg Pharmacy. It is a wonderful place! Always quiet, always pleasant helpful staff! glad you have what you and your legs need.
Brian and I are big fans of the Leesburg Pharmacy as well! They have a compounding pharmacy onsite, and it is very cool to see them customizing medications for individuals who need it. And everytime we drop-in the staff is exactly as Suzy describes…professional and courteous, so refreshing!
Love the old time pharmacies.
Looking at that head traction thingy … might be just the thing for the kink in my neck …..
Aww, the Leesburg Pharmacy is absolutely charming. And if you (or mabe Brian) are ever out in P’ville, you should check out Nickel’s Hardware. Time has certainly stood still there and they have everything.
Hope those support stockings help. Brian is a real keeper!
I wanted to say on your last post…”I bet it is Leesburg Pharmacy” 🙂
Next time you go, buy some of the small packages of salted dark chocolate carmels they have at the gift shop counter. I sometimes have to talk myself out of going and getting some 🙂
I’m not surprised; I love the town of Leesburg. My mom and I used to go to the old town section and walk around and browse. At one time, there was a baby shop in town that sold handmade items and unique baby items and gifts. Also, I’m glad you were able to find your support hose and hope it solves the charley-horse problems.
Maggie has had orthopedic surgeries and this is, indeed, the best pharmacy for anything you need. Even our bath chair is from there. I’ve always just concentrated on the medical supplies and have missed the gift shop entirely! Can’t believe it.
Hope the support hose work wonders.
love finding those shops where time stands still
just curious–how many pairs of support hose did you get for your 93.50?
*sigh* Just one pair of nude, maternity, over-the-belly support hose.
Awww yay! I’m glad that you had such a nice experience there. LIKE LIKE LIKE!!!
I was the Manager at Leesburg Pharmacy many years ago. We prided ourselves on providing the best possible customer service and shopping experience. I am so glad to see that the same is practiced in Leesburg Pharmacy today. Many of the same people that worked there years ago when I was Manager, are still there, providing the same friendly, caring, and over the top customer service. Congratulations to the “new generation” at Leesburg Pharmacy, carrying on the tradition!
Target doesn’t play music. Not exactly the friendliest place though! Haha