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This Pharmacy sells no drugs

Jeff Clemetson, Sierra Sun

When shopping at Truckee’s The Pharmacy, don’t expect to pick up prescriptions or cold medication, because what you’ll find belongs more in closets and bathtubs than medicine cabinets.

“It is a ‘prescription for fine toilets,'” said owner Claudia Tatum, quoting the business slogan.

Tatum said she named her body/bath shop The Pharmacy because she decorated the space with wall units from an 1860s pharmacy in Maine.

According to the store’s manager Karen Schindler, it is decorated like a shop in Paris.

“That’s what everybody tells us,” she said.

The Pharmacy, at 10072 Donner Pass Rd., opened in July with a philosophy to “pamper women,” Tatum said. The store carries body and bath accessories as well as lingerie, children’s gifts and cosmetics. In the future, Tatum said she might also hire a beautician to offer facials there.

Tatum is also the owner of Jordan’s Collectibles, a women’s clothing store that also has a wine/coffee bar, yoga center and day spa. Within a month, Tatum hopes to open a third shop in Truckee called Finnegan’s Finds, an antique shop specializing in furniture, toys, jewelry, silver and glassware. The new shop is to appease her antique shopping “addiction,” she said.

A grand opening party for The Pharmacy will be held Oct. 5-7 with 20 percent of sales going to American Red Cross relief funds for victims of the terrorist attacks. There will also be raffles with proceeds going toward local children’s groups.


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