Share Nights at Lofty Pursuits

We are currently scheduling nights where we share proceeds of the evening with a partnered 401c3 nonprofit. We have some nights still open in November and December. If you are involved or know of a non-profit that might be a good fit with Lofty Pursuits, please have them get in touch with us. Please share this post so that this information gets out there.

Button Button at Lofty Pursuits Pursuits (series 2)

The new Lofty Pursuits buttons are in. That first batch did not last long. We've been giving out buttons, one per customer, for the past few weeks. They've been a tremendous hit. The first series had solid colored backgrounds, this time we have 5 new styles, with patterned backgrounds. Just loaded up the jar with them this morning. Free with a purchase.
If you can, spread the word that these are back with new designs.

Friday Zen: Robots and ice cream

A nice animation about ice cream and a robot. Happy Friday, see you at Lofty.

DeSoto Pharmacy of Lake City, We hardly Knew You

We just got the sad news that a week to the day after we visited the DeSoto Pharmacy and Soda Fountain that they have closed the soda fountain for good. We are very very sad about this. Their service was nice, and this means that 55 years of history is gone. We're still here trying to keep the tradition alive, but the places we have been learning from may not be around much longer without your business. Make sure you eat at that local place if you can instead of the chain store, Play attention to groups like Locally Owned Tallahassee, and help keep our local places and history alive.
Known losses of the past year or two: Perry Florida, High Springs Florida.
In the mean time we'll keep on trying to find the surviving soda fountains, learn what we can off them, help them learn what they may have forgotten, and we will tell you about them. If you know of any surviving soda fountains in the region (We know of Izzo's, Apalachicola, and Wakulla Springs) let us know.

Zen:Ice Cream Headache

Desoto Pharmacy in Lake City Florida

This is the first installment of Travels with Greg. Greg, the Owner of Lofty Pursuits has become obsessed with soda fountains, and has started his journey to find every good vintage and modern fountain he can get to and visit them. The first of these is the Desoto Pharmacy in Lake City, Florida.

Back in the day, soda fountains were full lunch counters found in Pharmacies in every town across the country. A pharmacy back then was like now, more than just drugs. In many places it was the dry goods store, the only restaurant and the only place to go out for desert.
The Desoto pharmacy is a grand example of this. It is divided about half and half into a soda fountain and a working pharmacy. While not at their original location, they did move their vintage Knight Fountainette, and marble soda fountain counter. These marble counters were standard in the 40's, and theirs is in wonderful condition. Soda fountains of the time tried to out do each other in the materials they built the counters and equipment out of. The Knight Fountain is clearly a later addition, but this counter is from a time where quality of materials mattered.

I had a very good milkshake, but their lunch offerings were worth the trip. I had a great Turkey Apple Mustard sandwich, and my wife Sarah had a great burger. It was clearly worth the trip. I liked how they used glassware to serve the shake like we do at Lofty Pursuits, and they have a nice collection of vintage photos documenting the history of this long lived pharmacy.
They have a face book page if you want to follow them, so next time you are over in Lake City, or just driving to I-75 or Jacksonville, stop in for lunch. Get the Turkey and Apple sandwich, trust me.

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