Fill prescriptions, enjoy an old-fashioned fountain soda at Foxworth Fountain
By: Marisa Herman Associate Editor
Delray Shores Pharmacy is bringing back the nostalgia of enjoying a fountain drink at the counter while getting a prescription filled in its new downtown location.
The 43-year-old pharmacy has been located in Delray Beach since late pharmacist Thom Dildine and his wife Carol opened in the original location on Lake Ida Road just west of Congress Avenue in 1975.
Now, son Tj and his wife Rhyan are at the helm. Tj, a pharmacist, can be found behind the counter answering questions while Rhyan, a lawyer, can be found behind the kitchen counter creating new recipes with her mom, Kim Linthicum.
The Delray Beach couple, who met in college at Emory University, have taken the pharmacy to a new location just about six months ago at 124 NE 5th Ave. just off of Atlantic Avenue.
Named for their 5-year-old daughter, Flossy, the Flossy building houses the pharmacy, retail space where you can purchase vitamins, supplements, old fashioned candy and pet products like CBD treats to calm your furry friend down as well as the Foxworth Fountain, named for their toddler Foxworth.
Grab a seat at the counter or a table and order an egg-cream, homemade biscuits or even a CBD milkshake.The fountain serves breakfast and lunch Tuesday-Saturday. Recipes are created by Rhyan and her mom.
There are options for those following specialty diets like paleo or keto. Breakfast is served until 3 p.m. with lunch service beginning at 11 a.m. Specialties include homemade buttermilk biscuits, organic thick cut oats, adult-ing beer floats and hand-stirred sodas with syrups made in-house by Rhyan. Flavors include blueberry, ginger, raspberry, lemon, hibiscus, orange, strawberry and lime.
Adding the soda fountain to the pharmacy was Rhyan’s idea. When the couple took over the business after Tj’s father died several years ago, they knew they needed to adapt to the constantly changing pharmacy industry.
As health care laws change, reimbursements from insurance companies become lower and big box pharmacies expand, independent family owned pharmacies are becoming fewer and fewer, she said.
So, they decided it was time to move east, closer to downtown, and add some new offerings to the pharmacy. That included featuring a soda fountain, something that was once a staple in local pharmacies.
“Soda was invented by pharmacists,” she said. “The history of the soda fountain is interesting.”
Back in the day, people visited the local pharmacist when they were feeling ill. Pharmacists believed that bubbly spring water from mountains had healing elements, she said.
They began adding ginger to other natural remedies to the bubbly mountain water and when that became challenging, the soda fountain was created, she said.
“Pharmacists would create syrups that were healing with flowers, plants and herbs,” she said.
Soda fountains then became a place to socialize, especially during the prohibition years.
Now, she said she hopes the Foxworth Fountain becomes a place where people gather.
“I wanted to create a place where people could meet,” she said.
The couple purchased the land and spent three years building the Flossy Building. She joked it took so long that they had their son Foxworth and named the soda fountain after him because there was no chance they were going to add another building on.
Part of the soda fountain has a sitting area that can be used as a private room. Rhyan said she plans to hold lectures on community topics in the space.