THEN AND NOW
Shortly after Canada’s Confederation in 1867, provinces began to pass
Pharmacy Acts to grant self-regulation to druggists, as members of the
profession were known at the time. Through the years druggists achieved
the same trusted professional status that doctors and lawyers had in
In the 1890s local independent drug stores began facing competition
from department stores selling pharmaceuticals. In the 1930s the
competition came primarily from chain-owned drug businesses. Independent
pharmacy owners decided to join forces and work co-operatively to ensure
they could continue to provide reliable, professional services to their
Advances in technology greatly improved pharmacy services, but proved
costly for the independent pharmacist operating his or her own business.
By joining a co-operative network, independent pharmacists could better
afford the state-of-the-art technologies that helped them improve
service to their customers.
The Independent Druggists’ Association, or I.D.A., was formed in 1933
had 150 members within the year. Among the many benefits the new brand
gave to its member pharmacists was the ability to offer quality private
label products to their customers at lower prices than those of name
In the late 1800s and 1900s, pharmacies such as Cockburn Bros.
displayed the sales and specials of the day in their windows, but the
most prominent window feature was the central globe filled with coloured
liquid. Visit the Apothecary Museum at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario to
learn more about this practice and view the display.
From the beginning, your local independent pharmacist has proudly
offered a wide variety of brand name health and beauty products in
addition to quality pharmaceutical supplies, with trained staff members
always ready to answer your questions about the products you use or new
products on the market.
For many years apothecary jars of basic pharmaceutical and herbal
ingredients were familiar elements of pharmacy decor. Pharmacy practice
required the pharmacist to spend a great deal of time making-or
compounding-prescription medicines, over-counter ointments and other
preparations including cosmetic creams.
Cosmetic preparations for enhancing beauty have been popular for
centuries. Your community independent pharmacy has always been a source
for popular brand name cosmetics, beauty aids, and skin care, many
offering a wide range of products from foot care creams to fragrances.
Curious George TM was created in 1941 by Margaret and Hans Rey. For
more than 60 years children have improved their reading skills as they
follow the adventures of this inquisitive little monkey and hid his
friends. During that time Curious George TM has also entertained
children and adults alike.
As Canada celebrated its Centennial in 1967, independent pharmacists
joined the patriotic of the day right down to special celebration sales.
The Centennial a-GO-GO sale featured amazing low prices on everyday name
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