Dr. Henry Ranger, owner of The Prescription Shoppe in James City County, wants to bring a personal touch to his new pharmacy.
The pharmacy opened in the county’s Courthouse Commons shopping center on March 6. Ranger, a Hampton University School of Pharmacy graduate, said he got his start working as a pharmacist in the Norge Farm Fresh grocery store. Since then, he’s had a 10-year career working for major retail pharmacy companies.
Last year he said he decided to strike out on his own after feeling burned out by corporate mandates as a pharmacy clinical services manager with Walmart.
“It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while but I never had the courage to do it because it’s such a big venture,” Ranger said. “It’s a great feeling, because I felt like at my former job, my passion that I’ve had since I graduated was starting to leave me, and it was a very uncomfortable feeling because I’ve always been one to go above and beyond for my customers and patients.”
According to a James City County news release, the Prescription Shoppe’s services include online refills, free local delivery, vaccinations, vitamins and supplements, along with strep and flu testing, private consultations and healthcare seminars.
But Ranger said the care and attention he affords to each of his patients is what really sets the store apart.
“When you can provide that personable experience and that one-on-one interaction, it has a lasting effect on the people and it shows,” he said. “Just from being here for a week, I’ve had customers of mine from the past transfer over, and it’s just because of how I treat people.”
The pharmacy also carries medical supplies such as neck braces, canes, walkers and wheelchairs, and Ranger said The Prescription Shoppe is one of a small number of pharmacies in the area that carries cannabidiol or CBD oil.
“Even though it has some negative connotations and stigmas attached to it, its shown so many times that it can be beneficial, whether it be with cancer patients going through chemotherapy, or kids with seizures or those suffering from chronic pain,” he said. “If it’s something that’s going to help my patients, I’m going to be on board with it.”
The Prescription Shoppe is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The shop is closed Sundays. The Prescription Shoppe is located at 5223 Monticello Ave., Suite C.
For more information, visit therxshoppeonline.com or call 757-206-1630.
Howell Creative Group, based in New Town, recently announced it is the recipient of an American Graphic Design award in recognition of the sponsorship marketing the firm created for the 2019 Commemoration, titled American Evolution.
The marketing materials highlight historic events that took place in Virginia in 1619, including the first representative legislative assembly in the New World, and were created to attract sponsorship partners for the campaign.
According to a Howell news release, 1,000 entries were selected to receive the American Graphic Design award out of more than 10,000 entries that were submitted.
“The material was designed to demonstrate value for sponsors and align event experiences with brands,” said Kathy Howell, the firm’s president and creative director. “Working with the 2019 Commemoration team is a pleasure and we feel honored that our work is among the top 10 percent in the nation named by GDUSA.”
The firm has also won GDUSA awards for National Association for Court Management web design and Velocity Urgent Care in-branch signage, according to the release.
For more information, visit howellcreativegroup.com or call 757 253-1542.
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