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."