Dreams do come true — just not always on schedule.
Ask Anna Claire Heindl, Pharm.D., owner of the new Olde Towne Drugs on West Government Street in Brandon. She is all smiles these days, and why not. Olde Towne Drugs, which is both a full-service and compounding pharmacy, provides hormone replacement consultation and offers a throwback soda fountain with malts and milkshakes to boot, represents a career goal for Heindl. The Brandon native personally selected the pharmacy’s furnishings and decor — searching the Internet for old medicine bottles and other touches, even bringing flooring from her home.
However, getting from concept to opening proved a challenge. For a time, nothing seemed to go right. Construction delays, wrong equipment and other issues challenged Heindl’s willpower.
“There were a lot of tears,” she remembered, “but you just have to keep going. Now, I couldn’t be more excited.”
It has been an interesting journey for Heindl. After attending both Hinds and Holmes community colleges, she went on to the University of Mississippi where she earned her Pharm.D.
“I chose to be a pharmacist because I love math and chemistry, and it is a great profession for women,” Heindl said.
Heindl did rotations at several pharmacy sites, including Marty’s Pharmacy & Compounding Center, where she was introduced to the practice of compounding. After two-plus years at Marty’s, Heindl helped open a new compounding drugstore in Ridgeland called Rx Remedies, where she was exposed to hormone replacement therapy. However, her aspiration was to open her own pharmacy.
“I guess I got tired of building my dream for someone else,” she quipped.
Early in 2014, she got her chance. Heindl leased space in a lifestyle center in Brandon, adjacent to an equally new TrustCare Express Medical Clinic. It seemed ideal, and planning got under way in March with a target opening in June.
Unfortunately, the delays pushed Olde Towne Drugs opening back to July. Heindl and her five-person staff worked hard to get the word out about the delayed opening, even going as far as to place fliers on vehicles’ windshields in all the communities in Rankin County.
The pharmacy officially opened July 8. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Aug. 20 at 10 a.m.
Heindl remains upbeat despite the delay. She said Olde Towne Drugs is now “perfect — better than I ever dreamed it would be.” Heindl set a conservative early goal for Olde Towne, telling her bank she only expected to fill six prescriptions her first month. “We met our goal,” Heindl said with a huge grin.
For more on Olde Towne Drugs and Heindl, visit www.oldetownedrugs.com.