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The Corner Pharmacy

The only thing harder to find these days than an independently owned neighborhood pharmacy is an independently owned pharmacy with a soda fountain. Kansas City once had dozens of them, until the big chain drugstores flexed their retail muscle. But in Leavenworth, pharmacist Ron Booth sticks to the old way of doing business, and his motto is personal service. "Loyalty is everything to me," he says. "My customers are also my friends and neighbors. They can come in and talk to me about anything." There's been a drugstore on this corner since 1871, but Booth's place dates back to 1905, when the historic AXA Building was completed. After buying the business in 1980, Booth moved and expanded the old soda fountain, which still sells phosphates, real Green River sodas, thick chocolate malts, hamburgers and breakfast until 6 p.m. A bottomless cup of coffee costs 79 cents. Besides the pharmacy counter, the candy display and traditional over-the-counter medications, there are hard-to-find necessities such as disposable commode covers. One never knows when that might come in handy.

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