This location, built in 1887, was known as the “English Block” - as it was built by William P. English in 1887. William was a local cigar maker, doing business as both the English & Lynn Company and later the Fountain Cigar Company. However, in 1890, the most well-known of the businesses to occupy these storefronts was begun when Charles J. English (son of William) began a long family tradition when he opened the Bethel Pharmacy, at what is now 134 Greenwood Avenue.
On December 20th 1905, Charles, and brother E. Ambrose English, changed the name to English’s Drug Store, a partnership that would last nearly half a century. Were you a lady who attended this grand opening gala, you would have received souvenirs of boxes of candy and bottles of perfume.
Brother E. Ambrose would continue to manage English’s Drug Store after Charles’ death in 1955. Later, brothers Ed & Paul English would continue the tradition.