September 2013

Wow, did August end on a warm note! After what I consider to be one of the nicer Summers we have had in a while it sure went out with a bang. As the kids went back to school last week and the temperature in Naperville was in the 90s, I recalled going off to grade school in town when I was a kid. I attended Highlands school for kindergarten through third grade and finished fourth and fifth grade at Ellsworth. Highlands was the newest school in town, Ellsworth was over 60 years old. One thing both schools had in common was no air conditioning. I remember some sweltering days, usually in the Fall where all you wanted to do was get out for recess or walk home for lunch and find some shade. Looking back it had to be the hardest on the teachers and staff. Trying to keep kids on task is daunting in the best of environments, let alone when everyone is melting!

It’s amazing how prevalent air conditioning has become. Starting in movie theaters and large stores in the fifties to most homes and automobiles today. How did we live without it? But Fall will be here in three weeks and with it the promise of cooler temperatures! Make sure to drop in and check out the new Fall merchandise we have been putting out. We have some brand new gift lines and have expanded others including the very popular Michel Design soap and lotion fragrance line.

Written by Alex Anderson

Alex is the current owner of Oswald's Pharmacy. A 6th generation member of the Wickel-Oswald-Kester-Anderson family, Alex focuses on innovation and taking the business into the future. With 7 years of working for Whole Foods Market as a Marketing & Community Relations Specialist, Healthy Eating Specialist, and Private Events Coordinator, Alex has a unique perspective on big and small businesses. Alex is a co-founder and board member of the Independent Medical Retailers group. Alex graduated with a BA degree from Columbia College Chicago in 2009. Alex has spent most of his life in Naperville and Chicago. He currently lives in Naperville with his 2 children (Oswald's 7th Generation!)