We learned on the Facebooks that Lakeside Pharmacy, the last of the original businesses in Lake Anne Plaza, is closing its doors for good on September 22nd. The longtime owners, Larry and Ruth Cohn, sold the property earlier this year, and while they held out hope that another pharmacist might express interest in the space, it apparently wasn't meant to be. (To understand why, look no further than where the prescription files are being sent off to.)
Even with the promise of new development driving more traffic, it's not been a great summer for businesses at the Plaza. The Cupcake Ladi closed her doors a few weeks back, officially bringing an end to the artisanal cupcake fad of the late oughts. Her next-door neighbor, New Family Naturals also closed this summer -- and earlier, there was a bit of chained-up-premises unpleasantness with another longtime tenant, the Jasmine Cafe.
In late spring, the Cohns were the guests of honor at a sendoff party even though they continued working through the summer in hopes of finding another pharmacist. Unfortunately,that only prolonged the inevitable. They'll be missed.