Rochester, NY

Remembering Daw's Drugstores at Bull's Head, on Lylle Avenue, and More Locations

Herbie J Pilato


I grew up in the inner city of Rochester, near Brown Square, and I fondly recall many visits to the Daw Drugstore (a.k.a. "Daw's Drugstore") locations in the Bulls Head area, and on Lylle Avenue. Whether seeking to pick up a prescription for the common cold-like ills of family members, or at Christmas for a last-minute bottle of perfume gift, Daw Drugs was the go-to, "comfort-zone" spot.

A Closer Look

As with retail stores like Kresge's at Bull's Head, or ice cream parlors such as Carvel's on Lylle between the city and Gates, or any of its locations in Monroe County, a visit to one of Daw's drugstore was always a satisfying jaunt.

According to the Democrat and Chronicle, "Daw’s Drug was a local pharmacy chain that was founded in downtown Rochester during the deepest part of the Great Depression."

In time, Daw's became Fay's Drugstore, and then Key's Drugstore, both of which are also now gone.


It's sometimes funny with regard to the things the mind remembers. But each time I visit any modern drug store, I always think of Daw's, especially around Christmastime. That's the kind of fond memories I have of what really was an information Rochester landmark at each of Daw's locations.

[Unless otherwise indicated, this article is a work of nonfiction based on actual events directly experienced by the author.]

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Herbie J Pilato is the author of several books about pop culture including the newly-published CONNERY, SEAN CONNERY biography, the revised BIONIC BOOK, RETRO ACTIVE TELEVISION, THE 12 BEST SECRETS OF CHRISTMAS, MARY: THE MARY TYLER MOORE STORY, TWITCH UPON A STAR, and more. He's also a TV writer/producer, and has worked for Reelz, Bravo, E!, TLC, and hosted THEN AGAIN WITH HERBIE J PILATO, the hit classic TV talk show (which premiered on Amazon Prime in 2019).

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