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C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries

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The Oldest Surviving Apothecary-Pharmacy in America

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Borough : Manhattan
Neighborhood : Greenwich Village
Commercial, Business and Industry, Shopping

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Written by Gwynneth C. Malin for Place Matters with contributions from Ian Ginsberg

Established in 1838, C.O. Bigelow is the oldest apothecary in America. It is also a New York Institution. Bigelow is an ethical pharmacy in the traditional sense, yet the “coolest” place in New York to buy anything beauty. The owner scours the globe looking for the best of the best in beauty and personal care, and the store is a collection of his favorites, as well as the shop’s own things. Stepping into C.O. Bigelow is a walk back into a time of personalized attention not often seen any longer; a gathering place, a comforting atmosphere in the otherwise impersonal chaotic world of retail. Some say, “if you can’t find it anywhere else, try Bigelows.”

In 1838, Dr. Galen Hunter opened the store as The Village Apothecary Shop at 102 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan. In 1880, Hunter...

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