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Dedrick’s Pharmacy & Gifts – At the heart of New Paltz

Dedrick's Michelle Harris stands in front of the Root Candle section

Dedrick's Michelle Harris stands in front of the Root Candle section

Dedrick's Pharmacy & Gifts
190 Main Street
New Paltz, NY 12561
(845) 255-0310
dedrickspharmacyandgifts.com

The Council has always stressed how local stores strengthen our communities. They employ our neighbors, support our tax base and add charm to our business districts. Local businesses have the power to rally people to support important causes, and can be part of the fabric that holds us together when disaster strikes.

Dedrick's Gift Shop

Dedrick's Gift Shop

Though hundreds of miles away, Dedrick’s Pharmacy & Gifts in New Paltz quickly assembled a book drive following the deadly tornado in Oklahoma, with proceeds going to the Oklahoma City Foundation for recovery efforts.

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The store also hosted a bake sale in June. One hundred percent of proceeds went to No Kid Hungry, a nationwide campaign to end childhood hunger. Customers dropped off baked goods for sale and purchased other goodies to take home with them.

Dedrick's also supports many causes right in New Paltz.

Supporting charities is part of Dedrick’s culture and the store donates approximately $12,000 a year in addition to staff volunteer work. They were recently recognized as a finalist in the 2013 Next Big Give, which recognizes retailers for giving back to their communities, a program of Dallas Market Center.

Dedrick's displays

Dedrick's displays

“What’s amazing about our clients and our pharmacy and gift shop is we are really passionate about them and they are just as passionate about us,” said Michelle Harris, Dedrick’s senior buyer during our visit to the store. “It’s a kind of partnership.”

In addition to rallying New Paltz, Dedrick’s is a significant employer with 23 full time and part time people on staff. The pharmacy has served the Hudson Valley since 1857 in Kingston and New Paltz. Brothers Bill and Jack Sheeley purchased the New Paltz location in 1974 and have owned it ever since.

“What’s wonderful about most of our employees is that many of them have worked here for more than 15 years,” said Michelle, a nearly 30-year veteran of the store. “What’s wonderful is we employ all these people and the money they make in paychecks etcetera stays right here in the local community…We all feel like family.”

The addition of gifts started as just a single aisle in the pharmacy, but grew to such popularity that Dedrick’s eventually blew through a wall to expand for a whole department. Shoppers can find a variety of Made in the USA products, including ROOT soy candles, Harney & Sons Fine Teas produced right in Millerton, N.Y. and Wilton Armetale metal serve ware. Shoppers like the convenience of picking up a prescription and turning the corner into a delightful gift shop – all under one roof.

More gifts on display at Dedrick's

More gifts on display at Dedrick's

Local gems like Dedrick’s are at the heart of our communities for many reasons. We want to see it stay that way.

 

Dedrick's Pharmacy & Gifts looking towards the pharmacy section of the store

Dedrick's Pharmacy & Gifts looking towards the pharmacy section of the store