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Helping Hands A feature about people whose work touches our lives

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, January 14, 2014 5:25 pm

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SUSAN CYR

Registered nurse and co-owner of The Prescription Shoppe in Georgetown

Bio:

Native of Trenton, S.C.

Lives in Kensington community of Georgetown

Earned BS degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina

Former registered nurse at old St. Francis Hospital and Georgetown Memorial Hospital

Volunteer at St. Frances Animal Center

How long has The Prescription Shop served the area?

We have been around for eons — 30-plus years.

We are an independent retail pharmacy. There used to be seven like us when we bought this store in 1987, but now we are down to two, Kerr Drug and us.

Are you involved with any local groups?

I am a member of Screven Baptist Church and I am a volunteer with St. Frances Animal Center.

What do you like about working with St. Frances Animal Center?

It is a very easy place to volunteer for.

They make you feel like one of them when you go in there.

At a recent volunteer orientation meeting, they told us it has been a record year for adoptions and that they are adding new programs and rearranging the facility to make it better for the animals and people who volunteer with the animals.

What do you offer your customers at The Prescription Shop?

We offer prescription services, compounding, diabetic needs, including protective shoes for numb feet, and breast care and breast cancer supplies, including breast prostheses, post-surgical bras and specialty deodorant for people going through radiation treatments.

We are a typical mom and pop drug store and we just try to get people what they need.

How did your business become what it is today?

We ended up here because my husband is a pharmacist and after we bought The Prescription Shop, another independent store in town closed, so we bought all of their physical inventory, including breast care products.

What do you like about what you do?

With my nursing background, I enjoy helping people and seeing the smile on their faces when I can get them what they need.

Some of that is education — people constantly tell me they never had a clue what their diagnosis meant and all they have to go through.

I listen, they educate me and then I educate them some.

People who have a mastectomy need services ongoing, so they turn into lifelong customers and I get to build relationships with them.

Being an independent store, we have customers whose children and grandchildren are also customers.

We even have some customers who move away but still call us to tell us that they don't want to go anywhere else and ask us to send them what they need.

Can you tell me about your family?

My husband, Dave, is a pharmacist and co-owner of The Prescription Shop.

We have a son, Dustin, who attends the College of Charleston and is a pharmacy technician for Walgreens.

Our son, Davis, is a senior chemical engineering student at Clemson University.

Our daughter, Nicole is a freshman at Clemson, studying biomedical engineering.

And our daughter, Sara, is a junior at the Georgetown School for Arts and Sciences.

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