29 Mar '16, 3pm

Calgary: Coffee & Drugs At Lukes Drug Mart

in Calgary, Alberta, has been a neighborhood institution for more than 60 years. Today, walking in for the first time, you might think you’ve entered hipster central, another freshly-antiqued reinterpretation of a general store—and Lukes does indeed have whole aisles devoted to artisanal beard oil, beanies (that’s “toques” to a Calgarian), Mason jars of homemade ice cream, and vinyl records. You might expect the store—and the coffee bar which runs the whole length of the front wall just as you enter—to be populated by twenty-somethings in plaid flannel. But Lukes is still first and foremost a community pharmacy, and its coffee program (installed three years ago) isn’t the final stage of an alienating program of gentrification, it’s actually a return to the drugstore’s original community role.

Full article: http://sprudge.com/lukes-drug-mart-95454.html

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