ASHLAND When the Gillums’ dream of opening their own pharmacy didn’t reach fruition two and a half years ago, they didn’t stop pursuing the goal.

“The timing just didn’t work out,” Amanda Gillum said. “So we just put it on hold.”

By the fall of 2018, Gillum Drug was a real possibility. Blake Gillum, Amanda’s husband, grabbed a giant pair of scissors and cut a ribbon to signify the official opening of the store on Friday morning. The doors actually opened on Monday.

“We’ve had people coming in; people are buying things along with their prescriptions,” Amanda said, reflecting on the first week. “I’ve transferred several profiles already.”

Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance’s president, and Marty Gute, an Ashland city commissioner, were among several area leaders in attendance.

Blake and Amanda Gillum spoke to the gathering inside the store, expressing gratitude to God, each other, their family and the community prior to moving to the sidewalk for the ribbon cutting.

Said Gibbs: “We love to see a locally owned business that serves the needs of the public. You’re going to do wonderful here. People are screaming for the opportunity to work with local folks who understand them. I can’t wait to sign up myself.”

The locally owned pharmacy has truly had a family feel as it’s gotten off the ground and running.

The Gillums’ three children — Carson, Camrynn and Corabelle, ages 10, 8 and 6, respectively — have been involved virtually every step of the way. They’ve enjoyed “playing store.”

“They love to buy stuff in here,” Amanda said. “One can be the customer while another can ring them up. They’ve been here with us through it all.”

The kids all attend Hager Elementary.

Blake, who is Infusion Solutions’ executive director, is from Greenup. Amanda is originally from Virginia. When they moved to Ashland in April 2013, “it took a little while to feel like home.”

Now, they couldn’t imagine watching their dream become a reality anywhere else.

“This is home for us,” Amanda said.

“We’re happy that you’re here,” Gibbs said. “You’ve got a beautiful shop.”

Austin Blevins, Alison Dickess, Melanie Howard and the Gillum couple comprise the staff.

Amanda Gillum assures that Gillum Drug will be unique. The former Stultz Pharmacy employee said she learned a good deal about the business there.

“I’m not trying to be CVS,” Amanda said. “I want people to come in here because they want to come in, and I want to see how they’re doing and how we can help them. I want them to have a place to come — they don’t even have to buy anything, just come and hang out. We have a few that already do that.”

Amanda Gillum said she strives to keep vaccines in stock and keep wait times to a minimum.

“I have to get people in and out,” she said.

The store is at 1237 Carter Avenue. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The store is closed on Sunday. Contact Gillum Drug at (606) 393-5588 or gillum.drug@outlook.com.

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asnyder@dailyindependent.com

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