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Star Drug Store

Star Drug Store


510 23rd St Galveston TX United States 77550

Opening Hours

Highlights : Breakfast, Coffee, Lunch

Accepts Credit Cards : Yes

Price Ratings : $

Parking : Street

General Features : Order Pickup or Delivery, Home Delivery, Kids Friendly, Take-out, Walk-Ins, Waiter

Meals Served : Breakfast, Lunch

About Business

. Fresh salads, housemade soups, hot and cold sandwiches, burgers, breakfast (Mon-Fri), brunch (Sat, Sun), and soda fountain classics served at cafe tables and a vintage soda counter!
. Kitchen/Soda Fountain: Daily, 8:30am-3pm • Sweet Treats: Mon-Sat, 3-4pm • FREE Lunch Delivery (order by 10:30am, $30 min)
. HISTORY: In 1886, the Scanlons, a prominent real estate family in Galveston, purchased land and built two buildings known as the Levy Building and the Star Drug Store. The Scanlons hired one of Galveston’s most renown architects, Nicholas Clayton, to design the buildings. He created attaching facades with asymmetrical window groupings consisting of arches and elaborate decor.
. The original structure of the Star Drug Store was wood; this changed when Charles J. Michaelis, a local druggist, bought the building in 1906. Michaelis hired a contractor named J.W. Zempter, who without compromising Clayton’s design, converted the building to brick. This $15,000 renovation was completed in 1909.
. In 1917, the Star Drug Store was fully operational, and a tile horseshoe-shaped soda-fountain counter was added to the pharmacy.
In the ’20s George Clampitt and Grady Dickinson purchased and operated the store until 1982. These two men maintained the integrity of the drug store as well as altered history when the Star became the first desegregated lunch counter in Galveston.
. Ownership changed hands several times before a severe fire in March 1998, closed the store indefinitely. In Nov. 2001, the Tilts family purchased and began restorations to the building.
. This five year project included rebuilding and restoring the facade, two loft apartments upstairs, the historical Coca-Cola neon porcelain sign and the drug store. The owners paid careful attention to detail so that their patrons would have a memorable experience. The original horseshoe counter, complete with the embedded red tile stars in its prominent facade, still reigns as the Star Drug Store’s most recognized emblem.
. On Sept. 12, 2008, Galveston experienced a devastating disaster, Hurricane Ike. The Star Drug Store sustained over six and a half feet of water inside its premises damaging most of the downstairs furniture, equipment and retail items. With the dedication and help of family, friends and co-workers, the Star reopened three months later on Dec. 17, 2009, to once again serve its beloved patrons.

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