Sunday, November 15, 2009

Soda Fountain Coming to Carroll Gardens

This weekend the long-abandoned Vermont Market & Pharmacy on the corner of Sackett and Henry Streets opened its doors to the public. They were selling chocolate egg creams, cake and homade cookies to raise money for renovations. They will be putting in a soda fountain and reopening under the new name "Farmacy," to be part soda fountain and part organic apothacary, serving up shots of echinacea and St. John's wort.

The owner left the space unused for years as pounds of dust collected on sunbleached boxes of Exlax and old world remedies like Dragon's milk. Then some of his very likeable tenants finally bugged him into turning the place over to them. They cleaned it up and dusted off the old bottles of tonic. Now, you can see the beautiful original mantel and antique jukebox with records. It's very relaxing to visit the 1950s decor and examine these lost trinkets. We're not sure if a soda fountain can support itself in this day and age, but the tasty $1.50 chocolate cake gives Sweet Melissa's and the Chocolate Room a run for its money. We're looking forward to seeing what comes of this place.

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