You’d think a business established in Hillsville in 1896 would pretty much have a “been here and seen a whole lotta things” attitude. Judging from the mounting excitement of Nuckolls Drug staff as its June 16 “Grand Re-Opening Ceremony” nears, it’s certainly never business as usual.
“We’re getting excited!” said Owner/Pharmacist Angelique Phipps. “We’re going to start after 1 p.m. after we close for regular business.”
Phipps said entertainment will include local musician Jan Britten Owen and “Joy the Clown.” Popcorn will also be available with staffers from local restaurants The Mason Jar and 508 Brews & Co. on hand to give participants a chance to sample unique cuisine. She said “Pallet Party People” (i.e. Jeff and JoAnn Brucker of NuPath Gifts) will participate and offer a variety of gifts all made by or which support special needs people.
A variety of games including cornhole will be offered. Drawings for gifts and giveaways will also be held. Phipps said the event will be a nice environment for families, and children are welcome.
“We are encouraging people to bring their own lawn chairs,” said Phipps. “We want to welcome the community to come join in our celebration.”
She said they have settled in to the new building on 185 South Main Street (in the old Bank of Floyd) and are really enjoying the new layout and said the visibility has increased their business.
“More people are aware we are here in Town,” Phipps said. “It’s given us higher visibility and a lot of people are utilizing our drive thru. A lot of times when you are sick you don’t want to get out of the car, or you just hurt. They can use our drive thru. The location is beautiful here and we have extremely nice neighbors. We were extremely welcomed to this part of town.”
Phipps and new pharmacist Jordan Grubb stressed even though the business location has changed, the spirit hasn’t. Both agreed this sense of community carried on and is the most important thing to its longevity. It is what has kept them going and sets them apart.
“We do want to help our community and to help it thrive and grow,” Phipps said. “We are, after all, from here. We are from Grayson and Carroll. My great-great-great uncle started this. I mean, we’ve always been a part of this community. That’s huge. We are not outsiders trying to move in. We don’t only know the community, we’re in it. We are from the Twin County community.”
Grubb has joined the staff to lend her expertise to the community. She comes to the community pharmacy setting following a mix of retail and hospital assignments. She praised Phipps for “taking her under her wing” and serving as a mentor.
“I don’t feel like I’m coming to work when I get up in the morning to come here,” said Grubb. “I was excited to get back to serve a community that gave so much to me. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support. We work together here like a family.”
Nuckolls Drug is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and closed on Sunday so staffers may enjoy time with family and participating in community events. People may obtain more information by calling 276-728-2731. A pharmacist is always available during business hours for questions.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrolNewsDave.