Photo credit: Fairley’s Pharmacy
The other day I learned that Fairley’s Pharmacy has been sold. Fairley’s is home to one of Portland’s last remaining soda fountains, though it is currently closed because of the pandemic (the pharmacy continues operation). Here’s their full statement:
Hello to the Fairley’s community. Due to business differences, my business partner and I have decided to sell Fairley’s Pharmacy. We would like to Thank You for allowing us to be a part of your family and take care of your pharmaceutical needs for the past 17 years! We leave you in good hands, as all of the staff will be there to continue to provide excellent service, as will the new owner, Dan. I’m sure that there will be changes, but a fresh set of eyes usually leads to positive change. I will still be around, but no matter where I go all of our great customers and their families will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you for allowing me to be apart of your lives and supporting local businesses. Best of luck to the new owners as they continue to provide excellent care to the NE Portland community. – Shawna
I first heard about Fairley’s in an article in the Willamette Week, The Last Two Drugstore Soda Fountains in Portland. At this point, it’s been around for over 100 years; check out this photo from 1940 of Fairley’s and its neighbors at the time (reminiscing is here).
Fairley’s moved along with the times, adding espresso options to the ice cream dishes available on the menu. Alas, I have not been in to Fairley’s, and really hope they reopen the soda fountain when it’s safe. I think if the new owner, Dan, were to eliminate the soda fountain, there would be a mini rebellion from the neighbors, but stranger things have happened.