Tim’s Pharmacy put on a 100-year celebration Saturday, June 22, in honor of the location being a pharmacy in service to the people of Yelm for a century.
“We really just want to celebrate the history of the store,” said co-owner Will Quinby. “It’s been serving the community for 100 years, so it’s pretty incredible to have a line of business for that long. We are celebrating the community and saying thank you to the community for supporting us.”
Quinby and his wife Courtney expanded their business-reach from Centralia — where they live and own Centralia Pharmacy — last November, acquiring Tim’s Pharmacy from Tim and Nancy Larsen. Jeff and Casey Harrell are the Quinbys’ current business partners.
Will Quinby said he hopes to live up to the store’s legacy.
“We’re the fourth owner of the store, so for 100 years there’s only been four owners, and we just took over less than a year ago, so for over 99 years of its history there was only three owners of the store,” he said.
In fact, R.B. Patterson owned the store from 1919 to 1949, followed by Ed Pickett’s tenure from 1949 to 1979. The business was named Pickett’s Pharmacy during this second ownership, and the Larsens named their business the familiar “Tim’s Pharmacy” during their ownership of the location from 1979 to 2018.
Will Quinby said that he is proud of how his staff has handled the recent change in ownership.
“I would say that the staff has worked really hard to help the transition of the store and maintain a level a service that is rare in today’s age,” he said.
Courtney Quinby said they had more than 300 giveaway items for the celebration and all of them were passed out. Those still interested in celebrating the store’s 100 years of consecutive service to the community can ask the store’s front desk if they can sign a guest book and write a favorite memory of the pharmacy over the years. There is also an opportunity to enter a raffle that’s part of a canned-food drive.
“So the can food drive is going until the end of the month — the 30th,” Courtney Quinby said. “Every donation can or nonperishable food item will go to Yelm Community Services’ food bank. Every donation of every can will be equal to one raffle ticket and there are multiple different baskets that you get to choose from to put your ticket toward.”