Neighborhood atmosphere still found at long-time pharmancy on Knox Street


Step back into the past and sense the present! The Highland Park Pharmacy, located at the corner of Travis and Knox streets, was founded in 1912 by H.S. Forman. The store was moved to its present location in 1923.

During those years, Knox Street was only a dirt lane. Today, there is a vast change as one drives along Knox with its upscale businesses and restaurants.

Highland Park Pharmacy was and is authentic. There is still much of the 1920s decor. Some of its fixtures have been replaced, and one can buy many drug items and have a prescription filled at its pharmacy.

The soda fountain still serves grilled cheese sandwiches, grilled pimento cheese sandwiches,  cream sodas, cherry cokes and lots more. Plus – breakfast is served from 7-11 a.m. Monday-Friday and 9-11:30 a.m. Saturday.

There is still a family, neighborhood atmosphere. Thell Bowlin has owned the pharmacy for about 25 years. Other employees love what they do and have been there for many years. One lady interviewed indicated that she had been there for the last 25 years.

In the early days, Tommy Wheelis and Charlie Day were senior soda skeets and they could make a super banana split for 15 cents.

If it’s been awhile since you’ve visited Highland Park Pharmacy, take some time to step into the past, read the pictorial memorabilia on the wall and perhaps recall some good memories of yesteryear with the service of today.

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