Ambience dispensed with the pills

first_imgLocal pharmacies are taking a hit from Medicare Part D, but a few shops are bucking the trend by focusing on unique businesses strategically placed at the front of their stores. These front-end businesses, like the ones at three pharmacies highlighted below, offset sinking drug profits and offer a window into what independent pharmacies may look like in the future. Old-fashioned appeal Fair Oaks Pharmacy in South Pasadena is known less for its drugs than its antique tin ceilings, light fixtures and a soda fountain imported from a pharmacy in Joplin, Mo. “If you live in South Pasadena, this is the kind of place you like to take visitors,” she said. Medical specialty John Sykora has made a living selling products that chain stores don’t want to touch. Sykora, who has owned Abrams & Clark in Long Beach for 30 years, specializes in ostomy products like pouches that collect feces after rectal surgery. Early in his career, he was exposed to the equipment while working in a hospital’s surgical ward. “I had a comfort level working with these products that maybe other people didn’t,” said Sykora, 63. Ostomy products, mastectomy items and uncommon wound dressings generate about half his income. It’s a steady revenue source because nearby chains shy away from these non-impulse buys, he said. Selling specialized medical equipment dovetails with filling prescriptions, which is why he keeps the pharmacy open even though his income from filling prescriptions has dipped. “It’s a nice complement to each other,” Sykora said. Boutique? Dana Drug Store is shoehorned into a strip mall like any other in Los Angeles, but inside, this Burbank pharmacy sells Waterford crystal flutes, University of Southern California beer mugs and bath confetti imported from France. Official Clinique and Estee Lauder cosmetics counters line one side of the store, while the other offers miniature ceramic containers to preserve baby teeth. Oh, and you can fill your Lipitor prescription in back. “I have a lot of people who come into the store and don’t realize there is a pharmacy,” said Ash Zaky, who owns Dana Drug with his wife, Lois. “People think it’s just a boutique.” About half his customers come just for the gifts and luxury goods, he said. One customer in five comes strictly for prescriptions. Zaky, 45, has a business model that chains have championed and that he sees as his ticket to staying open. “The uniqueness of the store can actually give me a competitive edge in the marketplace,” he said. “It’s a convenience store.” (818) 713-3735160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Customers sip old-fashioned egg-cream sodas at the counter or eat sandwiches at tables while pharmacist and owner Zahra Shahniani fills prescriptions. The pharmacy brings in 75 to 80 percent of the revenue, but patrons often line up for table service at the restaurant, said general manager Ron Stock. Neither would be viable without the other. “We make jokes what a pain the restaurant is to run, but we have to have it,” Stock said. “All of this draws people to come here.” Anne Dixon remembers coming to the pharmacy when she was 7 years old. Back then it was a stuffy place where employees watched closely for shoplifters. Now, Dixon, 53, was sharing an ice-cream sundae with her daughter and a friend. She doesn’t use the pharmacy because it is not covered by her health plan. last_img read more

Winter sports notes: Rahlves draws a crowd

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Formerly a speed specialist, Rahlves began to show podium potential in a third discipline last season, crossing third in the opening run of the giant slalom here. He then looked on the verge of recording his first career win in the discipline, leading at the final interval of the second run. But he lost control on the steep final pitch, hitting a bump at an estimated 45 mph, and cartwheeling into a full backward somersault. Italian Massimiliano Blardone took the victory, ahead of Miller and Kalle Palander of Finland. Rahlves walked away but the accident hampered his World Cup downhill title campaign, his bruises and sore muscles keeping him out of action for the following week’s Lauberhorn downhill. But the Chuenisbaergli appeals to Rahlves, known for his love of “gnarly” courses. The steepest and most spectacular giant slalom course on the tour, the Chuenisbaergli boasts some of the most spectacular and technically demanding passages. The traditional Chuenisbaergli is one of the classics among the alpine ski events, with races staged here 10 years before the creation of the World Cup circuit. Gate experts Benjamin Raich and Hermann Maier of Austria, as well as allrounder Miller, could unseat Rahlves when giant slalom and slalom races are run on the treacherous Chuenisbaergli course in Adelboden, Switzerland. Even if Rahlves doesn’t compete in Sunday’s slalom, he could still pad his advantage in today’s giant slalom. With the Turin Winter Olympics just a month away, competition will be tight as skiers attempt to solidify their chances of being selected for their national teams. Women’s skiing: Croatia’s Janica Kostelic was determined to compete at this weekend’s giant slalom World Cup meet in her native country, a day after hurting her hand as she fought to finish a slalom race without a pole and glove. “I think nothing’s broken,” Kostelic told state-run Croatian Radio. “It’ll be OK, I think. If I won’t be able to hold the pole, they should tie it to my hand.” Kostelic, a three-time Olympic gold medalist, finished third in Thursday’s race. She leads the overall World Cup standings ahead of Sweden’s Anja Paerson. This weekend’s giant slalom is in Maribor, Slovenia. During Thursday’s night slalom before her home crowd, Kostelic lost her pole and glove before the first gate on her second run and the flags repeatedly slapped her bare hand. Ski jumping: Jakub Janda of the Czech Republic and Janne Ahonen of Finland finished in a tie in points after Friday’s event in Bischofeschofen, Austria, the first time in 54 years that a Four Hills Tour ski jumping title has been shared. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The World Cup circuit’s technical specialists will attempt to knock Daron Rahlves off the top of the overall standings this weekend. Rahlves became the unexpected overall leader last week, posting his second downhill victory of the season in Bormio, Italy. After 16 races, Rahlves has 489 points to American teammate Bode Miller’s 471. last_img read more

QPR fans on Twitter react to Holloway’s criticism of Sylla

first_imgMany QPR fans on Twitter felt boss Ian Holloway was right to warn striker Idrissa Syllaabout his reaction to being substituted in the win at Reading.Sylla was demonstrably unhappy with the decision to take him off and that did not go down well Holloway, who has accused the player of showing a lack of respect and warned him about his conduct.While some Rangers supporters backed the player, others were fully behind the manager.@WestLondonSport bang on Ollie .— Ric Duran 1882 (@portugeezer09) January 19, 2017@WestLondonSport Good!!— The Grey Haired Dude (@QPR4Me) January 19, 2017@ByrneBarry @WestLondonSport @QPRReport Ollie knows what he is doing. Standards at QPR generally appalling. Public reprimands ok by me— Matt Winton (@Mattwinton1) January 19, 2017@WestLondonSport don’t have an issue with this, pleased to finally have a manager in who is setting the right standards for our club— TAF (@thomasaferry) January 19, 2017There were some dissenting voices though, who either believed Holloway should have kept disciplinary issues in the dressing room or that Sylla had every right to show his displeasure.@WestLondonSport sick of Olly airing stuff like this in public – keep it in house! The last thing we need is another player out of the squad— Sam Willson (@sawillson) January 19, 2017@WestLondonSport I’ve never been a fan of slagging players off publicly, not sure it helps anyone really. Ollie sometimes talks too much.— Dean M Dyble (@coltseavers71) January 19, 2017@WestLondonSport Completely OTT from IH. Not sure what this public slagging achieves. Keep it in-house IMO. We’ve had far worse than Sylla.— Mark Coughlan (@MarkCoughlan) January 19, 2017Ollie don’t take it personally as Sylla was only showing his passion for the game and Qpr.I thought that’s what you wanted from your players— Mark Hansell (@MarkHansell1) January 19, 2017   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Warriors get their wish with first-round opponent

first_img HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceMEMPHIS, TENN. – Klay Thompson spoke his wish into existence. The Warriors will play the Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs, which will afford the defending champions to make a one-hour flight and enjoy the beautiful climate in Los Angeles.“Just not having to change two time zones is a big deal,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said following the Warriors’ 132-117 loss in their …last_img read more

H-DNL football: Fortuna falls to Del Norte 29-13

first_imgLevi Cox Cooley took off on a 67-yard touchdown run on the first play of the third quarter and Del Norte didn’t look back, pulling away from visiting Fortuna for a 29-13 victory Friday night at Mike Weiland field in Crescent City.Cox Cooley’s touchdown served as a measure of redemption for the junior. In the first quarter Cox Cooley ended a 60-yard run — one which may have ended with an endzone celebration — with a fumble fortuitously scooped up by Fortuna.It was one of four total turnovers …last_img read more

FBI Raids Web Hosts Over Wikileaks Advocates’ Operation Payback

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… marshall kirkpatrick The FBI has reportedly raided a Texas web host and worked with international authorities to search servers in pursuit of the anonymous leaders of the group Anonymous, who blocked the website of PayPal earlier this month in retribution to the company’s decision to stop its customers from making donations to Wikileaks. That according to an affidavit posted in part by the legal watchdog website The Smoking Gun today. Dallas host Tailor Made Services was raided on the 16th of December, the site reported.“These coordinated attacks, investigators allege,” writes The Smoking Gun, “amount to felony violations of a federal law covering the ‘unauthorized and knowing transmission of code or commands resulting in intentional damage to a protected computer system.’” How several hours of inaccessibility constituted damage to the system was not described in the part of the affidavit posted online.According to the affidavit, the investigation included the co-operation of authorities in Canada, France and Germany. As for code, the LOIC DDoS software believed to be used by Operation Anonymous remain available on the social code site Github and on SourceForge. Thousands of people have downloaded it from those sites. The software allegedly makes it easy for a user to donate their computer’s bandwidth to repeatedly messaging a target server until it is rendered inaccessible by other users.The ephemeral group Anonymous, or Operation Payback, co-ordinated a series of such attacks earlier this month against Paypal, Mastercard, Visa and others. These global leaders in money transfer were criticized for preventing their customers from donating money to the controversial website Wikileaks, despite the site having been convicted of no crimes. Clearly a sufficient number of people in the FBI believe the denial of service attacks may constitute felony-level damage to computer systems, but others have argued that the campaign falls broadly within the tradition of non-violent civil disobedience and political protest.FBI Agent Allyn Lynd, whom The Smoking Gun reports signed the affidavit, has been in the technology news media before. He lead a 2009 raid on at least two Texas web hosts over an alleged federal crime concerning unpaid bills to AT&T and Verizon. Those raids disrupted a number of co-located but unrelated businesses, including some that allege the disruption cost them millions of dollars. In this latest affidavit, Lynd argued again that he may need to disrupt some other servers temporarily in order to achieve his goal of determining which servers were relevant to his investigation. Due to the document’s incomplete publication, whether any sense of irony was appreciated is unclear.No information has been made available to date regarding any FBI or other law enforcement investigation of the denial of service and other technical attacks made against the Wikileaks website.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#international#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more