I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
A Discovery in Downtown Rosenberg, Texas
Another Time Soda Fountain, located in downtown Rosenberg, Texas, brought back many memories for my husband. Both of his parents were pharmacists, and he well remembers his mother working in pharmacies that were reminiscent of this establishment. Indeed, Another Time is located in a building that was originally a pharmacy.
Back then, CVS hadn't yet been founded (they first came into being in 1963). Walgreens had an earlier start, but it took decades before they were in every state and U.S. territory. Another Time Soda Fountain will transport you back to the days when pharmacists often owned their own pharmacies—featuring lunch counters and other amenities, as well.
This now operates as a restaurant located in the historic downtown of Rosenberg. Their memorabilia, old newspaper clippings, a long counter with bar stools, and more hearken back to the days of the 1940s and '50s, when the pharmacies of old were in operation.
Pharmacies in Earlier Times
Back in those days, pharmacists did much more than fill prescriptions. They typically had lunch counters where people could order malted milk, sodas, sandwiches, and similar items.
They also sold photography supplies, beauty items, gift items, and would rent such things as wheelchairs and the like. Pharmacies became gathering points for people where social interaction took place, and my husband spent many hours in pharmacies like that when he was a boy.
While my husband's mother never owned her business, she worked in many pharmacies from Iowa to Texas, some of which looked like this one. She also worked in a large one in San Antonio that filled an average of over 300 prescriptions each day. So she experienced both types of pharmacies during her working years.
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I wanted to be a pharmacist. I liked the way our local pharmacist was always dressed in a nice white coat; he looked very calm, you'd give him money, and he'd give you something that you wanted to buy.
— Walter Matthau
It was fun accompanying my husband when we decided to eat lunch at Another Time Soda Fountain. The items both in display cases and on the walls sparked many conversations of what times had been like in the past. It was similar to spotting items commonly used in the past in current day antique stores.
Be sure to look up and see the high wire clown that continually bicycles on his tightrope all day. It is a curiosity and cute to watch. It has been in that building performing those antics since 1946.
We decided to order a couple of sandwiches along with our malted milkshakes on the day of our visit. We each enjoyed eating half of each sandwich. Both were good.
They do have lunch specials each day, but from what I have read, patrons must get there early because they sell out quickly. They pride themselves on making "made from scratch meals."
Authentic Soda Fountain
According to their menu cover, this is "the only true soda fountain for over 100 miles." So for a fun time while enjoying a bit of ambiance from the past, check out Another Time Soda Fountain and Cafe. The address is 800 Third Street, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. Check out their website to learn more.
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