by Diane Norek Harrison
WOODBRIDGE-Memories of Jackson’s Drug Store from Ed Wilson: “As you entered Jackson’s Drug Store, at the corner of Main and School Streets, the counter was immediately on the right, with the Russel Stover candy display right beside it. They served Bryers Ice Cream which was, at the time, the best (to my as yet uneducated taste buds.) The vanilla with those strange bits of vanilla bean seemed somehow exotic. I honestly do not recall if they served ‘food’ or if it was strictly a ‘soda fountain.’ I can still envision the milk shake mixer behind the counter. It was one of those classic green mixers that looked huge and produced the most scrumptious concoctions. There was a nice ‘older’ lady (probably in her 40s — remember, I was pre-teen at the time) who seemed to enjoy waiting on us kids. She made ice cream sodas that were the envy of the county. She filled the glasses SO full, that foam ran down the side of the glass. A chocolate soda with vanilla ice cream, a squiggle on whipped cream on top, the obligatory cherry, and a tiny squirt of chocolate syrup on top — YUM!
“Jackson’s was a friendly place. The owner (as I recall) was named Raymond and was a friend of my parents. Whenever we needed something to treat a cold, a headache, or just about anything else, we would go to the prescription counter in the left rear of the store. Mr. Jackson was always kind and attentive to our needs, treating each of us youngsters with the same respect that he showed to adult customers. Jackson’s was a special place, and I always felt confident that we would be feeling better soon after Mr. J. provided us with whatever cure he had available for our ills.”
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