Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg
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Visiting the Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg, Texas brought back many memories for my husband. Both of his parents were pharmacists. He well remembers his mother working in pharmacies much like Another Time Soda Fountain which is in a building that was originally a pharmacy.
Pharmacists in days past often owned their pharmacy stores. There were no CVS stores yet in existence. CVS first came into being in 1963. Walgreens had an earlier start, but it took decades before they were in every state and U.S. territory.
While this is now a restaurant located in the historic downtown of Rosenberg, the memorabilia, old newspaper clippings, a long counter with barstools and more hearken back to earlier days of the 1940s and 1950s when the pharmacies of old were in operation.
The pharmacists did much more than fill prescriptions back in those days. They typically had lunch counters where people could order malted milk, sodas, sandwiches, and similar items.
They also sold photography supplies, beauty items, gift items, and would rent such items as wheelchairs and the like. Those pharmacies became gathering points for people where social interaction took place, and my husband spent many hours in pharmacies like that when he was a boy.
While my husband’s mother never owned her pharmacy, she worked in many ones from Iowa to Texas, some of which looked like this in earlier times. She also worked in a large one in San Antonio that averaged filling over 300 prescriptions each day. So she experienced both types of pharmacies during her working years.
It was fun accompanying my husband when we decided to eat lunch in this Rosenberg restaurant one day. Similar to spotting items commonly used in the past in current day antique stores, seeing the collections of items displayed on the walls and in display cases inside of the Another Time Soda Fountain sparked many conversations of what times had been like in the past.
Be sure to look up and see the high wire clown that continually bicycles on his tightrope all day. It is a curiosity and cute to watch. It has been in that building performing those antics since the year 1946.
We decided to order a couple of sandwiches along with our malted milkshakes on the day of our visit. We each enjoyed eating half of each sandwich. Both were good. They do have lunch specials each day, but from what I have read, patrons must get there early. They sell out quickly. They pride themselves on making “made from scratch meals.”
According to their menu cover, this is “the only true soda fountain for over 100 miles.” So for a fun time while enjoying a bit of ambiance from the past, check out the Another Time Soda Fountain and Cafe. The address is 800 Third Street, Rosenberg, Texas 77471. Check out their website to learn more.