The Best Cherry Cokes in Town

What’s so special about Whaley’s East End Drug’s soda fountain? Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Gil, one of East End Drug’s Customer Service Reps, about the soda fountain and what makes it so great. Here’s what I learned: 

According to Gil, “we have the best soda bar in town.” That’s a pretty big statement, but Gil provided several reasons he believes that is true. “It all started with the Cherry Coke.” We have current customers that used to come into East End Drug when they were kids. There’s something about the history of East End, dating all the way back to 1896. I don’t know if they had Cherry Cokes back then, but Cherry Cokes have been here a long time! So to be clear, the Cherry Cokes at East End are NOT the same as a drive-in or a can of Cherry Coke - we add the cherry syrup at our fountain, and for some reason it makes a huge difference in the flavor. We have customers come in that are skeptics about Gil’s assertion, “we have the best Cherry Cokes in town,” but Gil will convince them to try an East End Cherry Coke and it never fails – their eyes light up and some wonderful exclamation comes from their mouth, such as “Wow!” or “This stuff is GOOD!”

 Now if Cherry Coke isn’t your thing we have a total of 50 flavors to choose from, seven of which are sugar free.  Some of the most popular combinations at Whaley’s East End are Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke and Marshmallow Coke. We’ve even created a few flavor concoctions such as the Shipwreck, Juicy Fruit, Island Breeze, Tropical Breeze and Orange Creamsicle. With 50 flavors, it’s easy to use your imagination and create your own delicious treat!  

 One of Gil’s favorite is when people come in and have their first taste of the East End soda fountain experience. He fixes their flavored Coke product and then waits for it. He doesn’t have to wait long. Their smiles and/or exclamations bring a smile to Gil’s face and with a knowing nod of his head, he says “See - I told you, the Best Cherry Cokes in town!”  Whether you’re an old-timer that’s been coming for years, or a newcomer - the East End soda fountain is something to remember. Gil calls it the “old-time flavor experience.”  

 For the first time in 30 years, East End now has Central Dairy Ice Cream Floats – a new experience for this generation! You can also add any of the 50 flavors to a float for a unique twist on an old favorite. East End offers three flavors of ice cream: chocolate, vanilla and the third flavor varies.

 I asked Gil, “What’s the biggest surprise about East End soda fountain?” He said, “The old-time atmosphere serving generations of soda fountain customers.”  The atmosphere is “cool” and the Cherry Cokes are the best in town!

 In addition to the soda fountain, East End also offers snacks such as old-fashioned candy, fresh popped popcorn, chips, candy bars, meat sticks, Jelly Bellies, muffins and cookies.

 So if Gil and I haven’t convinced you yet that East End has the best Cherry Cokes in town – you need to come on in and experience the old-time flavor experience for yourself. Gil will be happy to serve you!

 Whaley’s East End Drugs

630 E. High Street

Jefferson City, MO 65101

Keep Safe This Summer With Sunscreen

Summertime is officially here!  Pools are open, boats are in the lake and people everywhere are having fun in the sun.  While summer is a great time of year to be outside, it is also important to remember to wear sunscreen and to keep hydrated.  Sometimes picking the right sunscreen can be daunting.  There are various types of SPF numbers and ones that say broad spectrum and water proof, etc.  What does SPF stand for and mean anyway?  SPF stand for sun protection factor and the higher the number the better protection against the suns UV rays. 

In most cases one should pick at least a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher.  A sunscreen that is SPF 30 will block 97% of UVA and UVB rays.  SPF 50 blocks 98% and SPF 100 blocks 99%.  No sunscreen is 100% effective in blocking the sun’s harmful rays.  When looking for a sunscreen you also want to make sure you choose one that is broad spectrum.  This means that it will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.  The peak hours of the sun are usually from around 10 in the morning to 4 in the evening.  During those hours especially, you should make sure to apply sunscreen at least every couple of hours and maybe more if you are in the water.  Also during those peak hours, if you can, you should try to stay in the shade or wear a protective hat or clothing. 

Staying hydrated is also very important during the hot summer days.  Make sure you are drinking plenty of water to keep your body well hydrated.  Soda, coffee and tea are not substitutes for water as they contain caffeine and can actually worsen dehydration.  Signs of dehydration can include being thirsty, decreased urine output, fatigue, headache, and/or dry mouth.  If dehydration gets too severe it can lead to low blood pressure, increased heart rate, seizures or a coma.   It is important to seek medical attention if these symptoms occur.

For more questions feel free to ask your physician or pharmacist!  Remember to wear your sunscreen, stay hydrated and have some fun this summer!

May is Stroke Awareness Month

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association are raising awareness about one of the leading causes of death in the US—stroke. Did you know that stroke is ranked fifth in leading cause of death in the US?

Recent data shows that stroke mortality has climbed 3 percent and now affects 795,000 individuals annually (that’s one person every 40 seconds). That’s a life claimed every four minutes.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs, so brain cells die. The death of cells causes the portion of the body affected to not function as it should. Nearly 2 million brain cells die each minute a stroke goes untreated, it remains a leading cause of disability and preventable disability nationally.

Eighty percent of strokes can be prevented through lifestyle changes such as managing blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, as well as being active, eating better, losing weight, starting an aspirin regimen and giving up smoking. (Current smokers have two to four times the stroke risk of nonsmokers or those who quit more than 10 years ago.)

If you’re like most Americans, you don’t know the signs of stroke. Teaching people how to recognize a stroke and respond quickly is a primary goal of the American Stroke Association’s Together to End Stroke initiative.

F.A.S.T. is:

  • F - Face Drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
  • A - Arm Weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • S - Speech Difficulty: Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • T - Time to call 9-1-1: If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

 Additional stroke signs include: sudden severe headache with no known cause; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination or difficulty walking; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; or sudden confusion or trouble understanding.

 Anyone experiencing some or all of these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention, even if the symptoms go away. Timing is crucial, some treatments can only be considered within 4½ hours of the onset of symptoms.

If you are alone and concerned that you might be having a stroke, call 911!

For more information go to or speak with your local pharmacist or physician.