Searcy’s 91-year-old drug store reacts to town’s $500K victory

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SEARCY, Ark.- The hum of an icebox mixed with the rattling of glass bottles used to the prescription for every drug store visit.

Those sounds still reverberate in the corner of Stotts Drug Store.

Stotts has called downtown Searcy home for 91 years with owners that span three generations.

“It was opened by my grandfather,” Nancy Showalter says.

Showalter is the owner and pharmacist.

“I’m dealing with customers that their grandparents dealt with my grandparents.”

Nostalgia greets you at the door where you’ll find a mix of clothes, jewelry, gift items, a pharmacy and an 80-year-old icebox.

Showalter says the biggest change she’s noticed downtown is retail stores getting replaced.

“Now there are a lot more offices and government businesses,” Showalter says.

“These days it’s kind of hard for small-town businesses.”

The brick-and-mortar struggle got a shot in the arm after it was announced Tuesday that Searcy would be getting a $500,000 makeover as part of the reality TV show: “Main Street Makeover,” which airs on Hulu.

“I was just so excited,” Showalter says of the announcement.

The show promises to select a number of local businesses in town to spruce up. Businesses can apply to be chosen. Showalter says she plans to apply.

Searcy beat out 12,000 nominations to be chosen and won over five other finalists from across the country.

For the in-town economy, word of a half-million dollar investment seems to be as refreshing as a one-dollar soda.

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