I first noticed back in January that a pharmacy was in the works in the space that was last occupied by New Happy Taco, on Park Place between Seventh and Flatbush Avenues. It finally opened over the weekend, and it's just a simple, no-frills family-run pharmacy.
It's right around the corner from two giant pharmacies, Duane Reade and Kings, but it has more of a personal touch and is obviously much smaller. Fresh coffee is brewed and pastries are brought in every morning, and there's also a nice selection of herbal teas. The majority of the products available are over-the-counter medicines, shampoo, soap, hand creams, and the like, as well as vitamins. I believe that the owner is also the pharmacist, and it looks like his daughters run the shop.
As the family that owns the shop is Polish, there also happens to be a surprisingly good selection of food items from Poland and Austria. They're mostly chocolates and other sweets, like marzipan and candied and chocolate-covered fruits, but there are also crackers and hot cereals. There's also a dairy case up front with milk, eggs, yogurt, and cheese. Other services include money orders and bill payments, free prescription delivery, and a 10% senior discount.
It would seem as if the bulk of their business would most likely be from folks on their way to or from work, or those who need something in a pinch late at night, but they're only open from 9 AM-9 PM Monday through Friday, from 10-7 on Saturdays and from 10-5 on Sundays. Opening earlier and closing later might be a smart move on their part. There's a niche for this place in there somewhere, though, even though it's surrounded by competition. Hopefully it doesn't take too long for the owners to figure out exactly what that niche is.
Park Place Pharmacy, 160 Park Place Brooklyn NY 11217. Phone: 718-857-4000.