Keeping Tradition Alive In Altadena

Front cover WCPShopping local doesn’t equate to shopping at a big box chain centered in communities such our beloved Altadena. Shopping local means that a community supports their local small businesses. Webster’s Community Pharmacy has been a firm long-standing supporter of its customers since 1926. Current owners Michael and Meredith Miller have continued the legacy of this establishment while bringing in fresh ideas, building on personal relationships with their customers, providing a family-friendly work environment for their employees and much more.

From our wildly popular Fancy Food Truck Fridays to our Holiday Open House and special engagements, every event we produce is tailored to the heart of our community. We love spending time with our customers! Our staff is fully committed to making sure each customer feels like they are part of the family. Unlike big box stores who rely heavily on databases to look up customers’ names, our staff knows most customers by first name as well their history.

At Webster’s Community Pharmacy we know that this slice of Altadena pie enjoys the Mayberry touch. That’s why we provide Delivery Service to our customers’ homes or place of business within Altadena. We also accept most prescription plans while charging the same amount for them as big box chains, and have them ready in less than 10 minutes.

This nod to nostalgia is mixed with current social media trends including other time proven means of communication. Custom-made newsletters with store news and information are published monthly. Meredith Miller is the voice of our store’s Facebook Page sharing daily store news, pharmaceutical related information and community stories. Stop by our page to say hello to Meredith, she will happily respond. You can also find us on Yelp, Twitter, Instagram and other popular social media platforms.

Support local this year as we continue to develop new ways to better serve our community. We look forward to serving you soon!

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Altadena’s First Flag Stands Tall

Saturday, April 21st  was a historic day for the citizens of Altadena, as citizens gathered at the Altadena Community Center to witness the raising of the first flag of this lovely city. Several dignitaries were in attendance including Congressman Adam Schiff, Supervisor Mike Antonovich, State Senator Carol Liu, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and others. Partners for this endeavor including the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, Altadena Historical Society, Altadena Heritage, Altadena Senior Center, and Altadena Chapter of the NAACP, Altadena Sheriff’s Station, Altadena California Highway Patrol, Altadena Rotary, and the Altadena Library Association stood by proudly as they saw their efforts hoisted in the air.

Published author Michelle Zack gave a short illustrated presentation on the history of Altadena. Her passion for this humble town is evident in her book, “Altadena: Between Wilderness and City”. Her book was recognized in 2005 for excellence by the American Association of State and Local History, and in 2006 she received the Donald Pflueger Award from the Historical Society of Southern California. “My role is to connect local history to broad historical themes, which I will continue to do. Now I have an academic home, and welcome the affiliation to such a prestigious institution,” she says.

Altadena’s roots date to the 1870’s. It’s not an incorporated city, but thanks to the tenacious work of many it now has its own flag. Town Council Chairwoman Sandra Thomas designed the flag. It features the community seal on a white field, with a green stripe and “ALTADENA, CA” at the bottom. Eight stars above the seal represent Altadena’s census tracts. Thomas’ simple design turned out to be the winner out of 13 submissions (without names attached) voted on by the community. “It depicts all of Altadena, because the logo is sitting there. Our state flower, our tree, the mountains, all of the things that Altadena is about,” Thomas said. The flag dedication coincides with the community’s 125th anniversary. Professional flag maker, Bea Jones of Garden Grove, was recruited to handle the production for the three sizes of the flag. “It’s a very typical American flag,” Jones said. ” A flag should be able to tell a story.”

Limited miniature versions of the Altadena flag, with certificates of authenticity, are now available for $19.95 at Webster’s Pharmacy, 2450 N. Lake Ave. Hurry in to own a piece of this history, today!

Meredith Miller Accepts A Seat On The Altadena Chamber of Commerce

Far right: Meredith Miller from Webster's Community Pharmacy swears-in as one of the Directors of the Altadena Chamber of Commerce.

During the mixed weather and promises of new beginnings in late January, Meredith Miller, co-owner of Webster’s Community Pharmacy, accepted a seat as one of the Directors of the Altadena Chamber of Commerce. She has joined forces with some of Altadena’s most respected small business owners. Together with her fellow Directors, Meredith will be working to move Altadena forward with creative and innovative ideas that will stimulate energy across the city.

The Chamber’s 88th Annual Awards and Installation Reception was held on a cool Friday night. All the past presidents were listed there – from L.G. Collison in 1924, to Inger Miller in 2011. That’s a cumulative 88 years of service to our community. “Altadena is an amazing place and it was obvious at the Reception, that people really respect and appreciate each other around here.  Altadena has seen World Wars, Depressions, Earthquakes, Recessions and even Wind Storms. That being said, there is a foundation here that can’t be broken and I’m honored to do my small part to help us continue on our very special path”, stated Meredith Miller.

As a stakeholder in the community there is a great responsibility in making positive changes by getting involved – putting action behind promised words. Meredith has many years of experience in community relations building awareness as the one of the Directors of the Pasadena Humane Society, as a former member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and other organizations.

Altadena is a bright spot in the San Gabriel Valley. What are some of the things you are excited to see more of in this community?

Webster’s Community Pharmacy Partners with Toys For Tots

Extending goodwill in the community

Webster’s Community Pharmacy is proud to partner with Toys For Tots as the only official Altadena drop-off location. In these tough economic times it’s important to help out in every way possible. There’s no greater joy than being able to bring a smile to children in need with a toy from the heart of the community.

A Sparkle In Their Eyes

Every child deserves an opportunity to relish in the wonder of receiving a gift on the most celebrated holiday of the year. This small token makes it possible for less fortunate children to be included in the Christmas festivities. Each sparkle in their eyes is the deeper meaning of the gift of giving.

Altadena residents and neighbors can bring a new unwrapped toy to Webster’s Community Pharmacy. Our drop box is located at the register area.

Recap: Holiday Open House

Our Holiday Open House was a great success! The menacing sky above couldn’t stop the lively group that strolled through our doors on that day. It was amazing being able to spend time with our customers and getting to know some new faces.

Owners Michael and Meredith with daughter Rachel celebrating the festivities.

Peek-a-boo! I see you in the background! Our fabulous team at the pharmacy.

Many tried their luck for a chance to win a gift basket filled to the brim with goodies.

Paco at Fancy Food Truck Friday Recap

Under a warm and humid evening many of our neighbors in Altadena gathered to welcome Brave Paco during Webster’s Fancy Food Truck Friday on August 12. He was greeted with an applause followed by curious giggles from the crowds of people waiting to place their orders from the caravan of food trucks. Children were not the only ones eager to take their photo with the little pooch and to receive his “paw-tograph”.

It was such a joy to see the community of Altadena gather to spend time with each other over a meal. Each month Webster’s hosts a variety of food trucks that every palate could enjoy. Very appropriately for the month of August, A Rockin Ice joined us on that evening serving up melon sized Hawaiian shaved ice. It was the perfect treat for such a warm evening. We also had a few other new trucks that rolled into Webster’s Parking lot; Indian Jones Chow Truck added just the right amount of spice to the event while Grill Em All heated things up with their juicy burgers, and Gringo Tacos Truck were the first to run out of their irresistible dishes. The ever popular Shrimp Pimp and Hungry Nomad were back again serving up their best to the hungry crowd.

Many of our neighbors brought their furry friends with them for the first time. Perhaps to meet Brave Paco? They weren’t the only ones interested in meeting the pint sized hero, Fox11 news was there too to get the scoop! With all this attention it was pleasing to see that Brave Paco has kept his humble nature. T-shirts were sold to help support his fellow canines in rescue shelters. His handler Erik Knight happily shared information about the lovable pooch, the horrifying robbery, and the need to support local dog rescues. Overall it was another great community event with a special guest.

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Fox11 News capturing Brave Paco as he handed out his "paw-tograph".

Meredith Miller welcomes Brave Paco to Fancy Food Truck Friday.

Altadena neighbors placing their orders.

Hungry anyone?

Brave Paco being interviewed by Fox11 News.

It was a full house, but Webster's was ready with plenty of seating.

We hope you will join us for dinner next month!