For many of us, the notion of sidling up to a druggist’s counter for a chocolate shake is something we’ve only experienced vicariously through movies like It’s a Wonderful Life, but generations ago a visit to most pharmacies also meant a made-to-order soda or a mocktail like a Lime Rickey or an Egg Cream (which contains neither egg nor cream) enjoyed right on the spot. Ken and Christina Procaccianti, Pharm D, have equipped each of their two Green Line Apothecary locations with this throwback feature. Named after the MBTA line where the couple met, along with Rx services, the brand has its own line of goods like soaps, shampoos, vitamins, and supplements. Perfect for July, there’s also scratch-made ice cream in both original and vegan varieties, the shop’s own coffee blend, and branded insulated tumblers. “Summer at the fountain is sweet for all generations,” says Christina. “One of my favorite moments is watching a grandparent bring their grandchild in to share the drugstore soda fountain experience for the first time,” adds Ken. Whether you’re sitting at the soda fountain, shopping for summertime essentials like sunscreen and bug spray, or taking advantage of their free delivery service to avoid the beach traffic, Green Line has quickly become a Rhode Island warm-weather staple.
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