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Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg

Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg, Texas
Posted: April 20, 2019 at 6:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (8)

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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.

Outside Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg, TX

Old newspaper ads on walls

Old newspaper ads on walls

Old newspaper ads on walls

Old newspaper ads on walls

Wall displays

Wall displays

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.

Interior of Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg, TX

Interior of Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg, TX

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.

Interior view

Interior view

Interior view

Interior view

Interior of Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg, TX

Interior of Another Time Soda Fountain in Rosenberg, TX

Interior view

Interior view

Interior view

Interior view

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.

Malted milkshakes

Malted milkshakes

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.

Patty Melt Sandwich

Patty Melt Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich

Reuben Sandwich

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.

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  • May 1, 2019 at 8:58 pm Virginia Billeaud Anderson

    Hi Peggy, When I was a kid the pharmacist owned his pharmacy, in a historical building in our small town. Sometimes he sat outside on the steps, in between filling prescriptions. People went there to socialize.
    Thanks for the memory.

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    • May 1, 2019 at 9:38 pm Peggy

      Hi Virginia,

      That is the way it used to be in those old-time pharmacies. The pharmacists really knew their customers, and like you wrote, it was a place for socialization. Ah…the good old days!

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  • April 30, 2019 at 3:37 am Christy B

    I loved knowing the back story behind this restaurant, as well as the connection your husband had to it. I’d go there for a milkshake!

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    • May 1, 2019 at 7:30 pm Peggy

      Hi Christy,

      My husband does have fond memories of places just like this in the old days. Of course, when this was an active pharmacy, the bar area with the stools was probably the only part serving as a restaurant. So glad you enjoyed learning about this place. Thanks for your comment.

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  • April 23, 2019 at 8:13 pm Peg

    This step back into the past was refreshingly familiar. I remember soda fountains, sitting at the counter, ordering a grilled cheese and an orange drink. There were drink dispensers in sight of the counter stools, usually with two colors: an orangeade and lemonade or grape-ade.
    Around the corner from our family home was a small store that had a lunch counter with a pharmacy at the back of the store where we filled many prescriptions. What fond memories I hold of my mom picking me up at school and taking me there for a quick lunch burger and a five-cent coke before returning to school. Thanks for sharing about the Rosenberg soda fountain. I hope I can visit there one day.

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    • April 23, 2019 at 9:14 pm Peggy

      Hi Peg,

      I remember places like this also. Your school must have been closeby also to that pharmacy/soda fountain for you to have been able to grab quick lunches there and still get back to school in time. Five-cent cokes are a thing of the past as are many things from that era. Glad that this brought back good memories for you.

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    • May 1, 2019 at 5:21 pm Darlene R Warring

      Great photos that really capture the ambiance. Jerry & I visited there and enjoyed the ice cream treats.

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      • May 1, 2019 at 7:26 pm Peggy

        Hi Darlene,

        Nice to know that you and have Jerry enjoyed visiting this cute place in Rosenberg. It is a throwback to earlier times. Thanks for your comment.

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