2001 Ellefsons closing

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2001 Ellefsons closing - Landmark is leaving east Des Moines mm mm...
Landmark is leaving east Des Moines mm mm Specialty items: Ellefson Pharmacy is known for its large variety of music boxes and novelty items in its shop. Ellefson Pharmacy closes while its gift shop remains open a few more weeks. By JASON CLAYW0RTH REGISTER STAFF WHITER A well-known east Des Moines pharmacy has closed after 31 years. Ellefson Pharmacy, 1607 E. 33rd St., closed Tuesday. Its gift shop known for having one of the largest displays of music boxes in the city will remain open for a few more weeks, business owners suid. "It was a hard decision," Judy Ellefson said. "That was our social life and our business life." Ellef son's husband, James Ellefson Sr., died of a heart attack in January. Me was 61. The couple opened the business in 1969. He was the pharmacist, and she took care of the store's gift shop. Their son, James Ellefson Jr., began working alongside his father as a pharmacist after graduating from Drake University in VMt. "It's been a central part of all our lives," James Ellefson Jr. said. Ellefson begins working today as a pharmacist at Pleasant Hill's Hy-Vee. Competition, difficulty in working with insurance companies, Judy Ellefson's health and 70-houi' work weeks are the reasons cited for closing the store. "We just kept coming back to the same conclusion," he said. "We just had to do it." Ellefson and his father walked to work together nearly every day. "It's just pretty lonely to walk out the d(wr in the morning and walk down here by myself," Ellefson said. Tom and Betty Bring told Ellefson they would transfer their prescrijuions to Hy-Vee so he could continue as their pharmacist. They have used Ellefson Itiarmaey since it opened. "We're going to miss it," Tom Bring said. "They are great people." Judy Ellefson said she would donate the pharmacy building to the James Ellefson Free Medical Clinic. 1 -ITC rwrK tv.; - Ellefson Jr. ROBERT NANDfct L REGISTER PHOTOS Shopping: Twila Mosher and her daughter Amy, 10, purchase some stuffed bears from F.llcfson Pharmacy clerk Helen Yerkey. The clinic opened in 1!W7 and was renamed after her huslxind this year. The clinic will move from its location at 2(25 Hubhell Ave. by September, she said. "We feel gocxl about it even though we feel sad," Judy Ellefson said. Reporter Jason Clayworth can lie reached it (515) 699-7058 or cliyworthjignewt . dmreg com

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  1. The Des Moines Register,
  2. 30 May 2001, Wed,
  3. Page 29

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