IN 1874 A SMALL EVANSTON ILLINOIS TOWN PASSED AN ORDINANCE BANNING ICE CREAM SODA SALES ON SUNDAY.” BECAUSE OF ITS CARBONATION, SODA WATER WAS CONSIDERED TOO TINGLING AND EXCITING FOR SUNDAY CONSUMPTION”. LOCAL DRUGGIST , WILLIAM GARWOOD MADE MORE MONEY SELLING ICE CREAM SODAS AT 5 CENTS EACH THAN FROM HIS ENTIRE STOCK OF DRUGS. SO TO GET AROUND THE NEW LAW, HE SIMPLY REMOVED THE SODA WATER AND SERVED ICE CREAM WITH FLAVORED SAUCE. “THE ICE CREAM SUNDAE WAS BORN”

MORE THAN A CENTURY AGO PHARMACISTS FIRST CREATED AND SOLD SODAS AS HEALTH TONICS  AT  THE SODA FOUNTAIN IN AMERICA’S DRUG STORES. FOR EXAMPLE, GINGER ALE CONTAINED REAL GINGER, A COMMON REMEDY FOR DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS.

IN 1886 PHARMACIST JOHN STYTH PEMBERTON INVENTED COCA-COLATO SERVE AS  A DAY TIME PICK ME UP.COCA-COLA WAS ORIGINALLY  MARKETED TO RELIEVE HEADACHES  AND ACT  AS  A BRAIN TONIC.

PEPSI COLA WAS ALSO INVENTED BY A PHARMACIST TO HELP CUSTOMERS CALM THEIR STOMACH. MADE FROM EXTRACTS OF  COLA NUT AND PEPSIN, A DIGESTIVE ENZYME.

YOU WILL FIND THESE AND  OTHER FOUNTAIN FAVORITES AT MARKS DRUG, INCLUDING  ROOT BEER FLOATS, BLACK COW…OR AN ITALIAN CREAM SODA.. MAYBE  YOU WOULD PREFER ONE OF OUR SPECI ALITY COFFEE DRINKS , MADE FRESH TO  ORDER USING JAVA DAVES GOURMET COFFE E AND TEA.

MARKS OPENED IN 1953 AS THE FIRST INDEPENDENT WALGREENS AGENCY IN THE REGION  AND IS  ONE OF THE OLDEST OPERATING DRUG STORES  REMAINING IN OKLAHOMA.

MARKS DRUG IS FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED  AND TAKES PRIDE IN PROVIDING THEIR FAMILY OF CUSTOMERS WITH  QUALITY PRODUCTS, AT A FAIR PRICE AND UNSURPASSED SERVICE. PROVIDING 24 HOUR SERVICE  AND FREE DELIVERY.

GUTHRIE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARDED MARKS BUSINESS OF THE YEAR IN 2004  AND  RECENTLY VOTED “BEST OF GUTHRIE 2005” IN FOUR CATEGORIES…BEST PHARMACIST, BEST COFFEE, FRIENDLIEST SERVICE AND BEST ATMOSPHERE. BY READERS OF THE GUTHRIE NEWS LEADER. 

YOU HAVE NOT SEEN GUTHRIE IF YOU DON’T VISIT  MARKS DRUG.  RELAX. HAVE A SUNDAE. SODA OR CUP OF COFFEE.  WATCH THE GAME , USE THE RESTROOM, SURF THE WEB, JUST MAKE YOUR SELF AT HOME.

MARKS DRUG, 112 WEST OKLAHOMA HISTORIC GUTHRIE  405-282-2700


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