The Beginning of a Dream Come True
They say childhood dreams are powerful things. They keep showing themselves and nudging you, especially when you start to enter adulthood. Owning a drugstore was one of mine. Not just being a pharmacist, mind you, because that was way too mundane for my thirteen year old mind. I wanted what my next door neighbor had. I wanted the whole enchilada.
It all started when my best friend asked if I wanted one of the coveted jobs: running the soda fountain at his dad’s drugstore. It didn’t hurt that he was my best friend and my next door neighbor. You have to understand that this was not lawn mowing, babysitting or pitching hay. These were the jobs that kids my age got. This was a real job and it paid real money. $1.60 per hour. Those who had come before me had all gone on to become doctors, pharmacists or dentists but I was a little younger than the other boys and that meant the pressure was on.
On my first day, one of the three older ladies that worked in the front of the store, pulled me up by my collar and yelled at my boss. “Well Doug, How old is this one?” They figured that I was a solid three years too young to work there. I begged to differ with her and had all the confidence in the world until the screw-ups started.
In the first few weeks, I made six cherry Cokes that were supposed to be cherry Sprites, left the safe open two nights in a row, left the coffee pot on “HI” over an extended weekend, and produced a trash bag full of Christmas bows that were not anywhere close to the exacting standards of the ladies out front.
A Few Years Later
A show of hands during a management class in pharmacy school revealed that only me and one of my friends had any interest in pharmacy ownership. I also figured that I was predestined to be a workaholic. If I was going work eighty hours a week, I knew that it would have to be a family affair. My new wife and I purchased Taylors Pharmacy in 1988 and did our opening inventory on our one year wedding anniversary. The store had a fantastic local reputation but very little business. Back when there were five drugstores on Park Avenue and no chain pharmacies, Taylors was known as the best but over time and with the advent of HMOs, Third Party Insurance plans, and computers, Taylors was left with only a handful of rabidly loyal customers.
Competition from the chain pharmacies pushed us toward the smaller niches. This led to our embracing alternative care and compounding for hormone replacement. Veterinary compounding and wholesaling medication to doctors and veterinarians was next. These unique services along with our own delivery vehicles made us one stop shopping for doctors, veterinarians, and their patients.
Our services became more and more popular. If you wanted the highest quality at a reasonable price, Taylors was the place to go and still is. We expanded and relocated our compounding lab to our “new” facility just a short distance away from our Park Avenue location. Visitors to our lab often say that they feel like they have been dropped into the set of the CSI TV show. What has helped us immensely is that we’ve always tried to exceed any compounding standards by five years. This keeps us on the cutting edge. Many compounding pharmacies don’t have one “clean room”. We have two in order to insure medication is compounded in the best possible environment.
Currently, Taylors is licensed to provide medication in almost every state. We also supply the medication to theme parks with their roots in central Florida that have expanded across the country. Zoos and veterinary specialists from all parts of the country insist on using our services. Not too bad for the one of the oldest drugstores in Florida.
Allen Deaver, Owner
Taylors Pharmacy Is A Leading Compounding Pharmacy in FloridaCurrently, Taylors is licensed to provide medication in almost every state. We also supply the medication to theme parks with their roots in central Florida that have expanded across the country. Zoos and veterinary specialists from all parts of the country insist on using our services. Not too bad for the one of the oldest drugstores in Florida.