Millbank Metro Business of the Month - Stewarts Drug and Sundries
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Written by Millbank Daily-Weekly   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 15:32

MILLBANK – The Stewart family has operated Stewart’s Drug and Sundries for over sixty years in downtown Millbank, but they’ve been in the business of soothing aches and pains for even longer. “My ancestors back in Scotland were apothecaries, dating all the way back to the 17th century,” remarks Joe Stewart, owner, manager and senior pharmacist. “Boy, the Stewart family has seen everything go wrong that possibly could go wrong with the human body over four centuries.”

Millbank residents often visit Stewart’s to pick up some cold medicine or their prescription lotion for eczema, but the emporium offers much more than the pharmacy window might suggest. Stewart’s has always been the favorite haunt of local schoolchildren for their extensive stock of penny candy. “I could sure tell you a grisly story about when Hans Tilger choked on a horehound drop back in 1913,” says Stewart, who at 41 was not even alive at that time. “It was a good thing the apothecary was there, or Hans would have died. Even as it was, people used to avoid Hans at mealtimes afterward, because food used to fall out of the hole in his neck.”

Stewart’s also carries several popular lines of health and beauty products for the fairer sex. “One time, Sarah Genessee stabbed her eyeball with a pair of cuticle scissors just like this one,” Stewart says as he holds up a dainty manicure kit. “Luckily, my grandfather carried plenty of eyepatches at the store. Old Sarah never saw out of that eye again, but she sure looked jaunty.”

If you are looking for some thoughtful gifts for friends and family, you would be hard pressed to find a better source than Stewart’s. Their gift section features locally made handicrafts, photo albums and Darling MemoriesTM figurines. “Just last week, Darla Steiner just about lost her hand to one of those kitty cat picture frames. Everything was normal, then whoosh, there was blood everywhere. It’s a good thing she was here, because we had lots of gauze and bandages nearby,” recalls Stewart.

After all this, it might seem like Stewart’s Drug and Sundries is a dangerous place, but Stewart is reassuring. “People get hurt no matter where they are, and at least if they get hurt here, we can help them right away. It all balances out, really,” he says.

Stewart’s Drug and Sundries is located at the corner of Water and Chaise Streets. Operating hours are from 8 am – 7 pm, Monday – Friday, and 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Emergency vehicles are standing by.

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