In the Mon Valley, Independent Pharmacies Have Stood the Test of Time

When Joe Janosik’s grandfather bought a pharmacy in Monessen, he started what would become a three-generation family business. The original location, a few doors down on Sixth Street, had a soda and ice cream bar. “We’ve been here since the 1930s,” recalls Janosik. “We have customers come in and say they remember getting a cherry Coke or root beer float there.”

When Janosik’s Pharmacy moved to its current location in the 1960s, it didn’t have room for a soda bar, but the trademark customer service and personal attention stayed. “I interned at a chain, and it’s different,” Janosik explains. “Patients are more a number instead of the personal service you get at an independent pharmacy.”

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