Friday, July 18, 2008
Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain
By day, it's as down-home and unassumingly sweet as apple cobbler. But by night, it transforms into this twinkly confection.
The Fair Oaks Pharmacy and Soda Fountain has served South Pasadena since 1915. It's a dream spot for those of us who love all things retro ... from the Victorian pendant lights to the brass fixtures of the elaborate soda fountain. The first time I went inside, I half expected a young George Bailey to come out from behind the counter. It's charming and comforting and feels like home even though most of us have seen places like it only in old films. Located on the corner of Fair Oaks and Mission Street, it's a grand reminder of old Route 66: go west, young ones, and before you claim your fortune, make sure to stop here for a cherry phosphate.