12 locally owned Birmingham pharmacies, including Ritch’s Pharmacy in Mountain Brook

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Same-day home deliveries. Pharmacists who know your name and your children’s names, too. Sound too good to be true? Welcome to Bham Now’s guide to locally owned Birmingham pharmacies.

Organized in alphabetical order, one of these locally owned pharmacies is bound to be convenient to your part of Birmingham metro. Here’s to your health!

Blair Pharmacy

Blair Pharmacy in Alabaster opened the day after Christmas 2017. Daniel Blair serves as pharmacist, wife Kim runs the operation, and a robot named Harold handles all special medication packaging needs. Goodbye, disorganized pill bottles. Hello, neat and tidy pill packs.

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Photo via Blair Pharmacy’s Facebook page

“We’re the only ones in Shelby County offering that level of packaging, and only one of two in central Alabama. We do it for free and then we’ll deliver it to our patients for free as well,” Kim said.

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Daniel and Kim Blair. Photo via Blair Pharmacy’s Facebook page

The Blairs also make their own old-fashioned, small-batch batch soaps, and some of their sudsy recipes use local craft beers, such as Interstellar’s Space Mule ginger and Good People’s oatmeal stout. They source other gift shop items from local, small, family-owned and/or like-minded businesses.

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Handmade all-natural soaps, bath bombs, shampoo bars, charcoal face soap and local honey. Photo via Blair Pharmacy’s Facebook page.

Blair Pharmacy offers:

  • free delivery
  • drive-thru and curbside pick-up
  • prescription fulfillment and over-the-counter medicines
  • complimentary MedPac Program, which packages your medications into a 30-day supply of multi-dose packs marked with the day and time
  • medication flavoring
  • diabetes testing, first aid, private consults and vaccinations
  • Pure Encapsulations vitamins
  • Gift shop featuring old-fashioned small batch soaps and other specialty products

Information for Blair Pharmacy:
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Address: 81 Weatherly Club Drive, Alabaster, AL 35007
Phone: 205-358-3470

Brooklere Pharmacy

Celebrating 50 years in March 2018, Brooklere Pharmacy began in 1968 when Anthony Brooklere opened a pharmacy across the street from Birmingham-Southern College. It became a father-son operation when Johnny Brooklere graduated from Auburn University’s School of Pharmacy and joined the business in 1985.

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Mrs. Brooklere visits the store for the 50th anniversary. Photo via Brooklere Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Today, Brooklere Pharmacy has locations in Adamsville (closest to Birmingham), Alabaster and Sumiton.

Brooklere Pharmacy offers:

  • prescription fulfillment and over-the-counter medicines
  • local deliveries, same day if called in by 11 a.m.
  • compounding
  • immunizations: influenza, pneumonia, shingles, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, HPV, Tetanus Diphtheria (TD), measles mumps rubella (MMR) and tetanus diphtheria pertussis (Tdap)
  • wellness checks
  • medical equipment
  • gift shop: apparel, jewelry, figurines, picture frames and greeting cards
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Principal for Adamsville Elementary School, Mrs. Landrum (left) with Mr. Brooklere (middle). Photo via Brooklere Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Information for Brooklere Pharmacy in Adamsville:
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Address: 3633 Gray Ave, Adamsville, AL 35005
Phone: 205-674-1400

Cahaba Pharmacy

Owner and pharmacist Jim Parekh of Cahaba Pharmacy is always available to answer your medication questions. Feel-good bonus: this local business gives back to the community by sponsoring Cahaba Heights Elementary School, Liberty Park Elementary School and Liberty Park Middle School.

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Photo via Cahaba Pharmacy’s Facebook page

The gift shop section of Cahaba Pharmacy carries handmade items imported from India, such as scarves, marble vases, jewelry boxes and toys.

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Photo via Cahaba Pharmacy’s website

Cahaba Pharmacy offers:

  • generic and name-brand prescription medication and over-the-counter medication
  • local delivery
  • medication flavoring
  • discounts
  • dollar store, including home supplies and toys
  • gift shop, ranging from standard drugstore fare to handmade Indian imports

Information for Cahaba Pharmacy:
Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Address: 3135 Cahaba Heights Rd, Vestavia, AL 35243
Phone: 205-977-9299

Crestline Pharmacy

Crestline residents have loved their local pharmacy on 60 Church Street since 1950. Mike Cobb and Scooter Hammers, both alumni of Samford’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, bought the business in 1990.

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Photo via Crestline Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Crestline Pharmacy offers exceptional customer service and free delivery to the city of Mountain Brook. Plus, it’s one of the rare locally owned Birmingham pharmacies to offer Sunday hours.

It’s also known for its seasonal Christmas Shoppe. Follow the store on Facebook for announcments.

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Photo via Crestline Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Information for Crestline Pharmacy:
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Address: 60 Church Street, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Phone: 205-871-0317

Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain
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Photo via Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain’s Facebook page

Modern pharmacology meets old-fashioned soda fountain and apothecary at Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain. Opening in August 2017, this fun shop is the newest of the locally owned Birmingham pharmacies in our guide.

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Photo via Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain’s Facebook page

Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain is a full-service retail pharmacy offering compounding services as well as a full over-the-counter selection. Grab an iced coffee or a float while you wait for your prescription to be filled.

The ice cream comes from Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream from Mobile, which has been in operation since 1969.

Information for Crestwood Pharmacy and Soda Fountain:
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Address: 5502 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35212
Phone: 205-564-0429

Eastwood Pharmacy

Tucked along the border of Irondale and Mountain Brook, Eastwood Pharmacy is a traditional retail pharmacy that promotes clean and healthy living by selling an array of natural and organic household and personal care items.

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

Alongside conventional therapies, Eastwood Pharmacy can help you improve your quality of life through alternative medicine supplements and consulting.

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Essential oils at Eastwood Pharmacy. Photo via Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Eastwood Pharmacy offers:

  • free delivery and curbside pickup
  • compounding, including medication flavoring
  • medication management
  • pet medication
  • natural and alternative supplements
  • diabetes consulting
  • immunizations
  • canes and walkers
  • retail shop featuring natural and organic household items such as shampoos, soaps, lotions, detergents, essential oils, supplements, and pet and children’s products
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Natural and organic pet products at Eastwood Pharmacy. Photo by Kristina O’Quinn for Bham Now

Information for Eastwood Pharmacy:
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Address: 4500 Montevallo Rd, Birmingham, AL 35210
Phone: 205-900-7200

Gentry Pharmacy

Amberly and Clint Gentry of Gentry Pharmacy pride themselves on knowing their customers. And we do love to go where everyone knows our name.

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Amberly and Clint Gentry. Photo via Gentry Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Gentry Pharmacy offers:

  • prescription fulfillment and over-the-counter medicines
  • free local delivery
  • drive-thru service
  • compounding
  • 24-hour emergency line
  • orthopedic braces
  • greeting cards, balloons and gifts including Alabama-Auburn items
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Photo via Gentry Pharmacy’s website

Information for Gentry Pharmacy:
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Address: 4700 Cahaba River Rd, Birmingham, AL 35243
Phone: 205-970-1983

Harbin Discount Pharmacy

With locations in downtown Birmingham and Mountain Brook, Harbin Discount Pharmacy brings 85 years of compounding pharmacy experience to the community. Get medications tailored to you, your children and even your pets.

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Video still from Harbin Discount Pharmacy commercial, via You Tube

Harbin Discount Pharmacy offers:

  • full-line of compounding services, including hormone therapy, palliative care, wound care, mental health care and nutritional supplements
  • pediatric compounded medicines
  • veterinary compounded medicines
  • free delivery
  • immunizations: flu, pneumonia, MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine (Tdap), tetanus-diphtheria vaccine (Td boosters), Hepatitis A and B vaccines (individual and combination) and travel immunizations
  • retail shop

Information for Harbin Discount Pharmacy in downtown Birmingham:
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Address: 521 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Phone: 205-578-1311

Information for Harbin Discount Pharmacy in Mountain Brook:
Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Address: 57 Church St, Mountain Brook, AL 35213
Phone: 205-588-7596

Homewood Pharmacy

Current owners Ryan and Damaris Hamilton purchased the Homewood Pharmacy business in 2016. They’ve kept the small-town Homewood vibe going strong with friendly service and products by local artists in the gift shop.

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Ryan and Damaris Hamilton. Photo via Homewood Pharmacy’s website

The average wait time at this new-generation “mom and pop” pharmacy is less than five minutes.

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Photo via Homewood Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Homewood Pharmacy offers:

  • prescription fulfillment and over-the-counter medicines
  • free delivery, Monday through Friday to the entire Birmingham metro area
  • curbside pickup
  • Sync RX program to help simplify your medications with a once-a-month, automated refill
  • personalized compliance packaging to help you take all your medications on schedule
  • home and gift section featuring local artists and Alabama-Auburn accessories
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Locally crafted jewelry. Photo via Homewood Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Information for Homewood Pharmacy:
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Address: 940 Oxmoor Rd, Birmingham, AL 35209
Phone: 205-871-9000

Hoover Hometown Pharmacy

Ben and Whitney Culpepper are pharmacists with a passion for serving their community. Experience their love of local at Hoover Hometown Pharmacy, from the fast and friendly service to the gift shop featuring local vendors and Under Armour merchandise donning the Hoover High School logo.

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Photo via Hoover Hometown Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Meet some of the families the Culpeppers serve and the pharmacy students they mentor on Hoover Hometown Pharmacy’s Facebook page.

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Old-fashioned bottled Coke. Photo via Hoover Hometown Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Hoover Hometown Pharmacy offers:

  • prescription fulfillment and over-the-counter medicines
  • free local delivery
  • drive-thru
  • immunizations: a variety, including flu and travel vaccines
  • medication flavoring
  • medication reviews
  • email refill reminders
  • diabetes products and services, such as counseling and evaluation/adjustment of drug therapy regimens for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes
  • adherence packaging to ensure you take your medications on time
  • gift shop featuring local vendors

Information for Hoover Hometown Pharmacy:
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-noon
Address: 2801 John Hawkins Pkwy, Hoover, AL 35244
Phone: 205-650-1960

Mills Pharmacy

Mills Pharmacy is the fastest-growing among the locally owned Birmingham pharmacies in our guide. After graduating from Samford University’s McWhorter School of Pharmacy, Robert Mills began his business in 2002.

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Photo via Mills Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Today there are more than 10 Mills Pharmacy locations in Alabama, including Birmingham metro locations in Woodlawn and Bluff Park.

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A location in Eutaw is the latest addition to the Alabama-owned Mills Pharmacy chain. Photo via Mills Pharmacy’s Facebook page

Mills Pharmacy offers:

  • prescription fulfillment and over-the-counter medicines
  • medication synchronization
  • compounding
  • free diabetic test trips
  • Medicare Part D counseling
  • specialty services and packaging
  • immunizations: influenza, shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Diptheria and Pertussis
  • gift shop and specialty items

Information for Mills Pharmacy in Bluff Park:
Address: 758 Shades Mountain Plaza, Hoover, AL 35226
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Phone: 205-823-9500

Information for Mills Pharmacy in Woodlawn:
Address: 6501 1st Ave N. Birmingham, AL 35206
Hours: Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (closed Sunday)
Phone: 205-591-7800

Ritch’s Pharmacy
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Of the locally owned Birmingham pharmacies in our guide, Ritch’s Pharmacy in Mountain Brook has one of the longest histories—a whopping 71 years. Current owners and pharmacists Ralph and Rebecca Sorrell have been married 32 years.

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Photo via Ritch’s Pharmacy

I have benefited from the thorough wellness checks that Ritch’s Pharmacy offers (they cost about $50 with most insurance plans and are free for state employees). Annual checks of your biometrics, cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose are key to preventive medicine.

Photo via Ritch’s Pharmacy

Ritch’s also has an excellent gift shop. They sell spa-quality products like Ahava, made from Dead Sea minerals, as well as Mason Pearson Brushes, an English brand that’s had a loyal following since the 1860s.

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Ritch’s Pharmacy. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now.

Ritch’s Pharmacy can also help patrons find just the right medical equipment. For instance, is a standard or an all-terrain walker best?

Ritch’s Pharmacy offers:

  • prescription fulfillment and over-the-counter medicines
  • same-day local deliveries, often within six hours
  • compounding
  • medication synchronization
  • immunizations: influenza, shingles, pneumonis (Pneumococcal), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough) during regular business hours; travel vaccines by appointment
  • wellness checks
  • medical equipment
  • gift shop including cards and many specialty items

Information for Ritch’s Pharmacy:
Address: 2714 Cahaba Road, Mountain Brook, AL 35223
Phone: 205-871-1141

Did We Miss One?

If your favorite locally owned Birmingham pharmacy is not in this guide, let us know. Send an email to terri@bhamnow.com.