In Part I, readers were given an overview of independent pharmacies from yesteryear and the origin, evolution and demise of the ‘fountain,’ a fairly standard fixture in most of those.
Hyland Pharmacy, which opened in 1941, was originally located just north of 3300 South on the east side of Highland Drive where, ironically there is now a Walgreens. Current Hyland Pharmacy owner and pharmacist Glade Baldwin purchased the business in 1991, but relocated in 2004 when Walgreen’s acquired the site.
Staying in the area was an important consideration for Baldwin in deference to existing customers. He ultimately chose a spot in a strip mall on 1295 East Miller Avenue (3130 South), slightly northwest of the previous Highland Drive site. Although the exterior is as contemporary as his previous store façade, the interior is a different story.
Baldwin sought to create a more subtle, retro look in contrast to the big-box or chain pharmacies, which are often white-bright modern and starkly sterile. He has been very successful in that endeavor. Pale gold walls, oak wainscoting, high ceilings with suspended antique-look lights and softly swirling bronze fans along with black and white photos of Baldwin’s ancestors (one of which that bears an uncanny resemblance to him) all contribute to the yesteryear atmosphere.
Still, the store is anything but retro in operation. Baldwin has an enclosed consulting room where customers can seek more information, e.g. possible side effects, potential interactions with other medications or any other advice related to their prescriptions or the condition for which it was prescribed, they may seek it in complete privacy, a far cry from the three foot barrier offered in most pharmacies, which, in reality, offers no privacy.
Hyland is also one of just a few pharmacies offering compounding services, i.e., preparing drugs to meet unique patient needs, e.g., changing formulae from solid (tablet) to capsule, liquid (including the addition of flavor to make it more palatable) or suppository, eliminating a non-essential ingredient to which a patient is allergic, or preparing it in a different dose or strength than ready-made products purchased ready made from suppliers.
To facilitate that process, Baldwin has a glass enclosed compounding area located above the pharmacy which overlooks the store–practical and visually appealing.
Hyland Pharmacy continues to offer $5.00 delivery service within the surrounding area.
Do check out Hyland Pharmacy (801-485-9261), a remarkably retro-modern, efficient but friendly independent Sugar House pharmacy open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Baldwin owns another independent pharmacy in Kearns.
Parts III and IV will provide overviews of the other independent Sugar House pharmacies, Jolley’s Compounding and Corner Drug Stores and Southeast Pharmacy.