This old pharmacy in Huston has been opened just for the last times before the owners sell the whole thing. The cherry Cokes are still sweet at Huston's Pharmacy on Washington Avenue and so are the memories, which stretch all the way back to 1902.
If the '50s decor is a little frayed at the edges and the memories increasingly bittersweet - that's all just part of Huston's charm to the small group of loyal patrons who still drop by the soda fountain for coffee, a chat, a step back in time.
"It's really a treat to come down here and get a good old-fashioned malt," says Robert Sutphin, a supervisor in the shipping department at the Salvation Army just across the street. "You just can't get them any place else but at a soda fountain. When I miss lunch, the best thing in the world is to come over here for a quick malt, and I always come Saturday before going home."
But his sister Linda sounds a note of practicality: "We're connected to the past," she says. "But we need to think of the future, too."