Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Vintage Roadside Tour Stop #5 - Fairley's Pharmacy

The first time we saw Fairley's Pharmacy on NE Sandy we screeched to a halt, parked as quickly as we could, and ran across the street.

Luckily, we missed traffic, or rather, traffic missed us. Unluckily, we had arrived after Fairley's had closed for the day. Returning another day, we're glad to report that Fairley's delivered on the promise of its exterior.

Locally owned and operated since 1913, Fairley's Pharmacy is home to a beautiful small soda fountain complete with swivel counter stools.

We haven't tried one of their phosphate sodas yet, but we can attest to the delight that is a Fairley's chocolate malt. We chose the vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup option over straight chocolate ice cream - deliciously malty!

A little further afield than some of the other stops on our tour of vintage Portland, we recommend a trip by car to enjoy a little old school Portland. For those firmly planted in the new school, you'll find free wi-fi in addition to a range of espresso drinks.

Fairley's Pharmacy today

Fairley's Pharmacy 1940. Photo courtesy of City of Portland archives

Helpful Details

7206 NE Sandy Blvd
(503) 284-1159

Fairley's Pharmacy Hours
Mon-Fri 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday Closed

How to Get There

We recommend this trip by car. Our favorite way to get to Fairley's from downtown Portland is not the quickest, but you will get to drive the length of Sandy Blvd - lots of vintage Portland to see if you're looking closely!

Google map here

From the downtown Hilton at 921 SW 6th Ave

1. Head north on SW 6th Ave toward SW Taylor St - 0.4 mi
2. Turn right at W Burnside St - 1.1 mi
3. Continue onto NE Sandy Blvd - 3.6 mi

Fairley's Pharmacy at 7206 NE Sandy Blvd will be on the right.

If you do happen to try a phosphate, be sure and let us know what you think!

Jeff & Kelly
Vintage Roadside

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