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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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