31-May-13 2:00 PM  CST

Pharmacy Spotlight: C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries

New Yorkers often know the secret to success and one New Yorker who knows the secret to pharmaceutical success is C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries owner Ian Ginsberg.  Ginsberg was recently the recipient of Long Island University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award.  The drug store champ is also 1985 graduate of the universities pharmacy school.

C.O. Bigelow apothecary continues to be a well known drug store icon, located in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.  The 175-year-old pharmacy still has the feel of a pharmacy era gone by with its mix of old-fashioned business and new upscale products.  Bigelow Apothecaries slogan is “If you can’t find it anywhere else, try Bigelow.”  Today pharmacies have to keep a competitive edge on the competition and Bigelow keeps their special edge over the competition by carrying poplar make-up brands, high-end beauty products, special personal care items, imported beauty care selections, natural, and organic personal products.  Bigelow also stays true to the business of pharmacy by offering personable pharmacist counseling, online refills, and a robotic pill dispenser to fill the many prescriptions that come in to the pharmacy.  Historical notables such as Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Clarisse Coudert were often sighted at the drug store as well as many New York City notables.  Pharmacy customers who visit the NYC shop can come and meet Allegra, the drug store’s resident cat.  Allegra was named after the allergy drug Allegra due to the fact that Mr. Ginsberg is allergic to cats as they were always present in his family. 

The business of pharmacy has surely changed, but the tried and true business of C.O. Bigelow has not.  Pharmacy technicians can learn more about C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries by going to www.bigelowchemists.com




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C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries Web Site.  www.bigelowchemists.com



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