Mickey Fine Pharmacy and Grill: a twist on the classic American drugstore
There have been unconfirmed reports that medication found in Whitney Houston’s hotel room came from the Mickey Fine Pharmacy in Beverly Hills handbags, the same chemist where Michael Jackson had his prescriptions filled – to such an extent that the pharmacy once sued him for $100,000 in unpaid bills. It’s unclear why this particular chemist attracts a celebrity clientele, although it claims to be legendary.
Bizarrely, its website shows Authentic Prada Messenger Bag For Sale strawberry milkshakes alongside bottles of pills, but perhaps that is not so bizarre when you consider that its full name is the Mickey Fine Pharmacy and Grill.
It may seem odd that people will happily dine surrounded by medicine, but the lunch counter and soda fountain were once standard features of the classic American drugstore. At the celebrated Schwab’s pharmacy in Hollywood, famous actors and unknown mingled at the soda fountain, which featured in endless publicity shots and even the All Prada Nylon Bags film Sunset Boulevard. It has become part of Hollywood Best Prada Outlet In Italy legend – which is Authentic Prada Handbags For Cheap to say, it’s untrue – that Lana Turner was “discovered” in Schwab’s. (The legend doesn’t mention whether she was waiting for antibiotics.)
Segregated drugstore lunch counters were the front line of the civil rights battle, with protesters staging sit-ins to demand service. But in the 50s and 60s lots of big American stores also served food, especially the national chains. The Nashville counter sit-ins took place not just in Walgreens drugstore, but in Woolworths, McLellans, S.H. Kress and Harvey’s. There was hardly a kind of Authentic Prada Clutch shop you couldn’t have a meal in.
Mickey Fine’s wasn’t quite part of this tradition. It was opened in 1962, on the site of an old branch of Schwab’s, just as the whole idea of eat-in chemists was beginning to die out (Mickey Fine, who owned it back then, sold the business in 1995). I dimly recall eating lunch in the drugstore in my hometown of Rowayton, Connecticut, but I must have been about five. By the end of the 60s the Authentic Prada Handbags Outlet Uk counter was gone, replaced by more racks of toothpaste Biggest Prada Outlet In Italy and shampoo. Even Schwab’s closed in 1983.
The Mickey Fine Pharmacy and Grill, however, has lived on, with a menu that includes breakfast burritos and espresso. Authentic Prada Handbags Canada Its website calls it an LA landmark, although it’s now more often called the “infamous” Mickey Fine Pharmacy, particularly by gossip website TMZ, after the Drug Enforcement Biggest Prada Outlet In Italy Administration Authentic Prada Online Shop raided its premises following Jackson’s death in 2009.
Perhaps, in the end, eating in a chemist’s is no weirder than buying prescription drugs in Sainsburys.