Retro look for Cooper gift shop

Thursday, June 27 2013 4:50 PM - by Brett Kappelmann

The gift shop area at Cooper Drug has had a significant make over.   The “new” look is retro and some of the merchandise displays cleverly incorporate vintage items once used in the drug store. 

Thanks to owner Brett Kappelmann’s vision and the creative flair and design of Tiffany Gillespie, customers are going to have a lot more fun shopping for unique items at the down- town business. “We wanted it to be fun and nostalgic -- we brought in all the good things about the past.  Good memories are the central theme,” Brett continued, “Tiffany is passionate about this.    The new look is a perfect fit for this historic business.” 

In honor of the late Cletus Kappelmann, former longtime pharmacist and owner of the store, the large candy/confection area has been named “Clete’s Candy Store.”   A special window display also pays tribute to him. 

 “Dad had a real sweet tooth. He’d love this.” Brett said with a smile. 

There is a wide variety of sweet delights that many customers will remember from their childhood. The old fashion candy isn’t sold in most retail stores. 

More nostalgic products include a variety of ice cold hard-to-find glass-bottled soda pop - sure to please all ages. 

Store manager Carla Hess and the staff invite people to drop by and enjoy the new look and new products. 

Carla advised, “If customers purchase a mug, they can have it filled with coffee, tea or lemonade every day for the entire year. And we still have fun Popcorn Fridays.” 

Stop by 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. 

You’re never too old for a childhood memory.