Lesli Holt, a Pharmacist and manager of Village Lane Apothecary, is a fifth generation pharmacist and hopes to bring back the feel of the past to this store in Colleyville. Her store will open soon after Thanksgiving and many in Colleyville are looking forward to the experience. A Colleyville resident for 22 years, Holt has partnered with Mike and Mickala Sisk of Colleyville to bring quality products, consistent and convenient services to their patients. Holt’s services will include dispensing commercial pharmaceutical medications as well as compounded remedies like pain creams, hormone formulations, dermatological formulations and specialty dosage forms to retail consumers. She also compounds products for local dental and aesthetic professionals.
Holt’s grandfather and his two brothers owned pharmacies on three corners in a small Oklahoma town. Her father and brother were also pharmacists. Holt displays an original typewriter from her grandfather’s pharmacy complete with a medicine label in the carriage. It is displayed prominently in the pharmacy area as though waiting for her grandfather to tit-tap-tup instructions onto the faded and fragile paper. “Before the drug companies took over the mass production of medications, the pharmacist was the person who created and dispensed the medications prescribed by physicians”. She retells a story of her grandfather compounding and actually rolling pills. When she asked what they were intended to treat, he simply said, “They make people feel better”. It was later that she realized the significance of the contents of the base of the pills. He was using cannabis extract as prescribed by physicians long ago.
Holt’s father, also a pharmacist, practiced with his father and uncles until joining the Navy at age 33. He was Chief of Pharmacy Services stationed all over the world for 24 years. After retirement from the Navy he continued to serve the needs of his community. Holt’s mother enjoyed a career in interior design. Holt attributes her unique design of the pharmacy space to these influences. The clean lines of a pharmacy are softened by rustic chic features which creates a livable retail space. From the over-sized chairs in the sitting area to the soda fountain and coffee bar to the colorful hand crafted chairs in the pharmacy waiting area, Holt has created a unique look and feel at the Village Lane Apothecary.
“We are focused on customer service and being different from the big box stores”. Holt says she will offer competitive pricing on medications, consistent brands and most of all excellent customer service. Holt will also offer mail delivery service for prescription medications as an added convenience for her patients. “I want to make it as easy and pleasant as possible for patients to get their prescriptions filled and have easy access to quality supplements and beautiful gift items”. Holt says that her goal is to, “…take you back to a time that was simple, trust was earned and neighborhood meant family. I would love for Village Lane Apothecary to be a gathering place for public meetings, small group discussions, live music, or networking meetings. I want this space to invite a mom to take a break with a coffee while waiting for her prescription, or a place for a local bible study”.
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