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About Us

Locally Owned, Locally Loved.

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Our Story

We are your local independent pharmacy proudly serving Westerville
and the surrounding central Ohio area for over 100 years.

Through the years the pharmacy has grown steadily and has become a staple in the community. While it no longer offers its past soda fountain and ice cream parlor, Uptown Pharmacy continues to provide Westerville with the traditional “hometown” pharmacy atmosphere, where patients receive personal care and friendly service. We are proud to say we are part of the community and often thought of as a part of our patients’ families. 

Uptown Pharmacy was the first pharmacy in Ohio where pharmacists provided immunizations. We were part of the original American Pharmacist Association's Project IMPACT-hyperlipidemia program, where our pharmacists began working directly with patients by appointment to improve their cholesterol levels and provide cholesterol blood level testing.


      We continue to advance pharmacy services by offering, in collaboration with your physician, Coumadin (PT/INR) blood testing and dosage adjustment, medication management, and education for diabetes, blood pressure, asthma, hormone replacement therapy, and other conditions. We also assist our patients in developing their daily schedule for taking their medication. If it concerns a medication, we are here to help you understand what it is for, how and when to take it, potential side effects, medication interactions, other available medications that may be used for your condition(s), and guidance on when a medication may not be best for you.

Meet The Team

Our History

Located in the historic downtown area of Westerville, 23 North State Street has been home to many before Uptown Pharmacy: 

  • 1872: Guitner Store

  • 1890: Burr and Linnaberry Groceries

  • 1900-1913: Volks’ Pharmacy

  • 1913: J.L. McFarland Shoe and Clothing

  • 1930: Williams Music Store

  • 1936: Winkler and Taylor Drugs

  • 1941: Patterson’s Pharmacy

  • 1960: Smittle’s Pharmacy

  • 1981: Uptown Pharmacy

In 1960, the name was changed to Smittle’s Pharmacy and was operated by Jack Smittle and his wife Maxine. Smittle’s continued to provide valuable service to the area.  They changed the focus from the soda fountain to the drug store. They sold popular patent medications and items such as cards, office supplies, magazines, roasted nuts, cosmetics, and camera equipment.

In 1972, Jim Dever was hired as an assistant pharmacist, and in 1973, he became a partner. Jim Dever bought out Mr. Smittle in February 1981, and the name changed once more in February 1981, this time to Uptown Pharmacy.

Max J. Peoples, Jr. purchased Uptown Pharmacy in March 1985. It was in 1985 that Uptown Pharmacy became the “apothecary” style pharmacy that it is today and focuses on only health-related items. 


Max J. Peoples, Jr. owner of Uptown Pharmacy

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