Music and medicine in perfect harmony at New York pharmacy

NCPA October 22, 2021

It may not be the most conventional venue for the band Sheriff and the Deputy, but lead singer Sheriff Bob says this gem in his SoHo neighborhood means the most. “This is unique. It’s a drug store and this has become a stage, so if that isn’t about community I don’t know,” Sheriff Bob said. The band performs just about every other Tuesday at the mom-and-pop pharmacy Thompson Alchemist, which has been serving the neighborhood for more than 25 years. Pharmacist Gary Alony owns the store. He considers music in the aisle a prescription for good community health. “I always had the idea of a corner drug store,” Alony said. “We take in from our community. If it’s art that makes our community happy, then its artwork that we take in. If it’s music, well, I’ve always been a big fan of music.”