We had the good fortune of connecting with Taylor Trammell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Taylor, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I always planned on opening my own pharmacy. I expected it to be a little later, but after years in a chain pharmacy and a stint in compounding pharmacies, I decided I was ready to combine my experience in retail pharmacy and compounding into my own, old-school inspired version of a community pharmacy.
What should our readers know about your business?
My dream was always a pharmacy/soda fountain/deli/coffee shop. We opened in 2017 as a full service pharmacy and soda fountain with ice cream, milk shakes, ice cream sodas, a few hand mixed sodas and hot and cold coffee. Five years later, we are planning our expansion into food and espresso.
My goal was to create a pharmacy that I enjoyed going to everyday and that the community would enjoy. In other words: make pharmacy fun again. The main thing that sets us apart is our service; independent pharmacies can provide quick and accurate service while getting to know you and your family.
I am proud that we are here. I am proud that we made it to 5 years and that we weathered the storm that was 2020.
Opening and operating this pharmacy has been the hardest thing I have ever done. I have learned that everything takes longer than you expect it to and there will always be hurdles, but stick to the plan and keep moving forward. If something doesn’t work, circle back to it and make a new plan.
We want to be your pharmacy if you live on the east side of Birmingham.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are spoiled here in Crestwood Village: we have our pharmacy and soda fountain, Thank You Books, The Total Joint Physical Therapy, True Story Brewing, The Filling Station, Crestwood Tavern, Sojourn Fairtrade, and The Vineyard food mart. All of these are small, locally owned businesses and we are all pretty tight. We could spend a whole day eating, drinking, and shopping without leaving the shopping center.
Once you venture out of Crestwood, there are plenty of other great things to do. We are finally getting some greenways and bike lanes, so a cruise around town is always fun. Of course you would need a refreshment along the way, so I would probably stop at Trim Tab Brewing for a drink. I love music, so you have to check out a show at Saturn, Avondale Brewing’s outdoor stage or one of the many local jams around town. Jazz night, led by an Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame artist, at True Story brewing is a favorite.
For dinner, there are too many options to choose from. El Barrio is always a favorite and we are also lucky to have several new-ish fine dining spots like Helen and Automatic Seafood and Oysters, whose owner just won Best Chef in Southeast James Beard award.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Oh, geez. I am not sure there is enough room to answer this one.
My Family: My parents for encouraging me to go to school and raising me right. My sisters for being smart and driven. My wife, Hannah, for working full time and encouraging me to pursue my dream.
My business partner, Tyler Shadix. I am the pharmacist and person who is always here. He does pretty much everything else. He managed the build out and does a lot of behind the scenes business stuff.
My pharmacy mentors: Cynthia Doggett hired me at a chain when I was 17 years old. I worked with her on and off until I graduated 8 years later. We still keep in touch and laugh at how much I have grown, which is a lot. I would have fired my younger self. Bill Fixler hired me at his compounding pharmacy and, along with Kelley Millwood, taught me everything I know about compounding.