Enjoy a simpler time at Bulloch Drug’s ‘Throwback to the ’50s’ event, sale

Combined image: A little boy enjoys an ice cream cone from Bulloch Drug and the façade of Bulloch Drug, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photos courtesy of Whitney Waters, Cedar City News

CEDAR CITY Take a step back in time to a bygone era and partake in the delights of an old-fashioned soda fountain at Bulloch Drug’s “Throwback to the ’50s” event and sale.

An old-fashioned juke box sets the scene at Bulloch Drug's soda fountain, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Bulloch Drug, Cedar City News
An old-fashioned juke box sets the scene at Bulloch Drug’s soda fountain, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Bulloch Drug, Cedar City News

Held June 24-25, the throwback event will feature sales throughout the store and prices on ice cream and fountain drinks that haven’t been seen since the 1950s.

A Cedar City staple

Bulloch Drug has been an anchor store on Cedar City’s Main Street since the 1950s. Originally the store had a café with a long soda fountain that took up most of the north wall along with a drug store, according to the store’s history.

The building where Bulloch Drug is located is rich in history as well. Built in 1917, the original store sold dry goods, clothing and other department store merchandise. Upstairs, the building served as Cedar City’s first hospital and was occupied by doctors. In 1934 it became Thornton Drug Store and then Bulloch Drug in 1955.

In 1964, Don and Sylvia Bulloch remodeled the building and took out the café.

Evan and Chris Vickers and their family purchased Bulloch Drug from the Bullochs in 1996 and the Vickers family continues to own and run it today. The family also owns the adjacent stores, The Wood ‘N Lace Place and Comforts of Home, both of which are housed in buildings that have unique histories of their own.

Flyer for Bulloch Drug's "Throwback to the '50s" event and sale, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Flyer courtesy of Bulloch Drug, Cedar City News
Flyer for Bulloch Drug’s “Throwback to the ’50s” event and sale, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Flyer courtesy of Bulloch Drug, Cedar City News

Each of the stores carries items that are one-of-a-kind, human resources manager Kellie Dana said, the kind that can’t be found at just any store on the street.

Soda fountain

One of the things the Vickers family did after purchasing Bulloch Drug was restore the front portion of the store, adding an old-fashioned soda fountain. The soda fountain is a popular draw for both Cedar City residents and tourists alike.

At the soda fountain guests travel back to a simpler time and enjoy the tastes of specialty sodas like Ironport, Fred Adam’s Chocolate Coke, Lime Rickey, Root Beer Freeze, Pink Lady and Cherry Fresh Lime as well as a large selection of ice cream flavors the store typically has between 15 and 18 different flavors of Farr’s Premium Ice Cream available for cones, shakes, banana splits and more.

Delicious ice cream is served at Bulloch Drug, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Bulloch Drug, Cedar City News
Delicious ice cream is served at Bulloch Drug, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Bulloch Drug, Cedar City News

A candy counter complete with bulk candy, Jelly Belly, penny candy, Fernwood Sweets, Utah Truffles and seasonal candy rounds out the sweet little soda fountain.

“Throwback to the ’50s”

This year will mark the fourth throwback sale for Bulloch Drug, Dana said, and it continues to be a popular event for the store.

“It pays homage to the ’50s when things were relaxed and fun,” Dana said. “We love it.”

The event will be held June 24-25, featuring single scoop ice cream cones for 25 cents, 16-ounce fountain drinks for 15 cents, small bags of popcorn for 15 cents, 25 percent off regular priced in-store items and 75 percent off bargain and clearance items.

Prescriptions are excluded from the sale.

“It is cute and so much fun when you have 100 smiling kids with ice cream, sticky hand and cheeks, having a ball,” Dana said.

Bulloch Drug is located at 91 N. Main Street in Cedar City. The store is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Event details

  • What: Bulloch Drug Throwback to the ’50s Sale
  • When: Friday-Saturday, June 24-25 | Hours: Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Bulloch Drug, 91 N. Main St., Cedar City
  • Resources: Facebook | website
Pictured here the façade of Bulloch Drug which has been a staple business in Cedar City since the 1950s. Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Bulloch Drug, Cedar City News
Pictured here the façade of Bulloch Drug which has been a staple business in Cedar City since the 1950s. Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of Bulloch Drug, Cedar City News

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