Small business Monday – Spotlight on Eastwood Pharmacy

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Ankit “AJ” Patel, owner of Eastwood Pharmacy. photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Did you know there is a pharmacy in Birmingham that has free delivery?   How about the fact that an independent pharmacy even exits?!  Eastwood Pharmacy has that and more, and Ankit “AJ” Patel tells us all about it in this week’s edition of Small Business Monday. 

Eastwood Pharmacy has been open at 4500 Montevallo Rd for sixteen months, almost a year and a half.  We have three employees total as well as Samford and Auburn students who rotate throughout the year to learn about how independent pharmacy works.

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photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

We offer all prescription drugs and over the counter medication. We also have natural and organic household items such as shampoos, soaps, lotions, detergents, essential oils, supplements, and pet and children’s products. We also carry a great dollar item section. We also provide free delivery to our patients.

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natural cleaning products – “Many conventional cleaners can be very harsh to our bodies and the environment causing skin rashes to respiratory problems. These eco-friendly products can be less abrasive to our health and environment.” photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

We carry a few products that are higher quality than the conventional products found at most pharmacies. We are the only pharmacy in our area that provides free delivery to our patients.

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organic children’s products – “Children are at most risk for developing long term health issues with synthetic dyes and ingredients in many of their products. We sell natural and organic children’s products so that they also receive the best product to ensure optimal health.” photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

We truly believe in clean and healthy living. That is why we carry many of the natural and organic products that can be complimentary to many treatments. We do believe not everything has to always be treated with conventional medication. If there are certain supplements and therapies that can help alleviate symptoms, then we are more than happy to carry that product or special order it.

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photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

I want  people to know that we are a traditional retail pharmacy offering all the same copays and perks as the chain pharmacies, however, we provide free delivery as well as excellent customer service.

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No pharmacy is complete without some sweet frozen treats. photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

The hardest thing about being a small business owner is getting the word out about our business. As a small business with limited resources, it can be a daunting task trying to spread the word about our location and services.

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pet products – “We carry many organic and natural pet products so that animals can receive treatments that are not filled with processed ingredients mixed with synthetic chemicals.” photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Being able to take care of your customers in the way that you think is best without any rigid corporate regulations is the most rewarding thing about being a small business owner.  The overwhelming community support from the Eastwood community is by far has been the greatest asset to our business.

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Locally made soaps – “We definitely love to support local businesses as we are a local business ourselves. That is why we carry locally made soaps which are made with all natural ingredients without harsh additives or toxic chemicals.” photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Growing up in a small town in Alabama, I have seen Birmingham transform into a wonderful city where many young people are starting to become attracted to move for work or visit for leisure. I do believe this trend will continue and with new energetic youth driving growth in the city, Birmingham can continue to grow and develop its own cultural identity similar to many other metropolitan cities. As long as the residents of Birmingham continue to show energetic support for the development of our city, the possibilities are endless!

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“Essential Oils can be complimentary treatments to many common ailments. Aromatherapy can help with mood, sleep, and overall well being. Some oils can be applied directly to the skin to alleviate minor troublesome health issues.” photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

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