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Ryan Williams (left) watches as his siblings, Seana Williams (center) and Christopher Williams play with glasses while waiting for medicine at Holbrook Drug. Holbrook Drug has been a staple of downtown Morehead since 1950.

Where Morehead meets

story by Soyoung Shin

Dale Carpenter is making coffee as Cindy Lindsey and pharmacists Paul Cooper and Janie Ingram walk in to begin their morning's work. Before long, Holbrook Drug is filled with friends and family.

For people in Morehead, this is much more than a drugstore.

From opening at 8:30 a.m. until closing at 6 p.m., the place is busy with people shopping, enjoying complimentary drinks while waiting for prescriptions and chatting with friends they encounter.

Holbrook Drug also is famous for its hand-dipped milkshakes, which come in more than 30 flavors. (Cindy's peanut butter shake is not to be missed!)  Freshly made fudge is an added bonus.

"Holbrook is like home for me," says Janet Ratliff, a customer for 30 years. "I know the people who work here.”

The sentiment is echoed by others, such as Linda Ginter, 73, who shops while waiting for her granddaughter. "I came to see the new merchandise for Christmas," she says.

"These people in here are all sweet," says Jean Littleton, 81. "I know all the people in here and we are like a family."

It is not just long-time customers who feel at home. "I feel that here is sweet place," says Taylor Gilliam, 18, who moved to Morehead last March. "I like to come and see what they sell, too."

Holbrook Drug was established in 1950 by Bob Holbrook and J.B. Calvert. The pharmacy was later purchased and operated by Paul Cooper until 2013. It is now owned and operated by Jennifer Anderson and Janie Ingram.

“We are passionately committed to our customers and all the others that we serve," Jennifer says. "Every one of our customers is important to us. They are all like family."

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Deer hunting ornaments are shown for sale on a Christmas tree at Holbrook Drug. The store sells a variety of seasonal decorations.

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Cindy Lindsey mixes peanut butter flavored fudge behind the counter. The store sells a variety of flavors, including jelly donut fudge. "I feel that here is a sweet place," says Taylor Gilliam, 18, who moved to Morehead last March. "I like to come and see what they sell, too."

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Cindy mixes chocolate pieces into a fudge batter.

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Friends Jean Bailey (left) and Della Clay chat during a chance meeting at the fountain. Jean left with two milkshakes — one for her, one for her husband.

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Pharmacist Paul Cooper, a former Holbrook Drug owner, talks with a customer. Cooper gave up ownership of the pharmacy in 2013.

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Pam Poston zips the jacket of her grandson, Jonah Russell, 5, as they leave Holbrook Drug. He was sick with a stomach ailment.

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Night falls on Holbrook Drug after the store has closed for the day. "These people in here are all sweet," says Jean Littleton, 81. "I know all the people in here and we are like a family."

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