new pharmacy has opened in downtown Covington, La., at the corner of N.
Vermont St. and Gibson St. It's more than just a pharmacy, though,
since it contains a wide variety of merchandise that people have come to
expect in the full-service one stop combination drug store and
signage has been going up on the front windows and on the side of the
building, announcing the coming of a new drug store to the downtown
area, which at one time had several pharmacies at the center of the
Harold Dill puts the finishing touches on the Gibson St. side "Downtown Drugs" sign.
Morvant, the pharmacist in charge, said the venture had always been a
goal of his, particularly since his whole career had been based on the
advice of Jerry Braswell, another longtime Covington area pharmacist. "I
even wrote my entrance paper into pharmacy school about him," Morvant
Braswell Morvant learned that in Covington, the pharmacist was more
than just a pharmacist, he was also a leader in the community. "And to
be in the downtown area was significant," he concluded. The address is
338 North Vermont St.
Covington has a rich legacy in community drugstores: Schonberg's,
Hebert's, Bulloch, Tyler Downtown Drugs and City Drugs.
new Downtown Drugs is located in what he calls "the perfect location,"
since many people are familiar with the corner, which in the past was
home to Western Auto, an artist gallery, and more recently, a yoga
studio. The business is located in the northwest corner of the block
where the Southern Hotel occupies the entire south half of the block. A
few doors down on Gibson is the Bogue Falaya Fitness gym and across the
street is Marsolan's Feed & Seed. So while it's not on one of the
main streets, the new drug store still sees lots of traffic of people
going to and from the school board office and parish courthouse.
Braswell, the advisor to the business, says that since its a
"destination" business, they didn't worry too much about traffic passing
by. People will come to the drug store to buy what they need, to visit,
to shop for other items, and to just be a part of downtown Covington
activity. Braswell may also serve as a relief pharmacist when things get
crew at the new business includes, from left, Matthew Morvant (PharmD),
Jerry Braswell, Whitney Braswell (CPht), and Jennifer Gaines.
"There's nothing else like it downtown," Braswell went on to say.
Braswell, Jerry's daughter, is a co-owner in the new venture, and she
decorated some of the walls with pictures of previous drug stores in the
feels that with Tyler St., Collins Blvd., and Claiborne Hill getting
more congested all the time, people will welcome a drug store in the
center of town. He also pointed out that with the thousands of people
visiting the courthouse each week, not to mention the visitors at the
Southern Hotel who may need a prescription filled from time to time, a nearby drug store would come in handy.
"We have something for the whole family in here," Morvant commented.
October 10, 2020, Grand Opening
Mayor Mark Johnson (at left) stopped by to help cut the ribbon.
A previous occupant of the location