Remembering Irv Rosenberg, Co-Founder of The Apothecary

Irv Rosenberg (center) with Brian Riordan, Dave Olson and Ron Keech, long-time Village Green employees who worked for many years with Irv at The Apothecary.
Irv Rosenberg (center) with Brian Riordan, Dave Olson and Ron Keech, long-time Village Green employees who worked for many years with Irv at The Apothecary.

Irv Rosenberg, one of the founders of our unique, integrative pharmacy, originally called The Apothecary, passed away on May 14, 2018. The pharmacy, located in Bethesda, MD, is now known as Village Green Apothecary, but many people still remember when the original store was opened in 1965 by Irv and his partner, Mickey Weinstein (who passed 6 years ago). Irv and Mickey called themselves “nutritional pharmacists” and The Apothecary was known as a place where customers often came in search of nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, herbs and information. The Apothecary also filled traditional pharmacy prescriptions, as well as less conventional scripts for specialized compounded formulas.

Ron Keech, Village Green’s head compounding pharmacist, who has been with the business since starting his pharmacy career in 1977, says, “If Village Green had a flag it would be at half staff. Continue reading “Remembering Irv Rosenberg, Co-Founder of The Apothecary”

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Village Green Apothecary – 50 Years Old!

Marc Isaacson, Irv Rosenberg, and Gail Isaacson – past and present owners of Village Green Apothecary (formerly The Apothecary).

Village Green Apothecary’s actual, exact 50th anniversary date was November 22. So last Sunday, 50 years later to the day, we had a big party to celebrate this big anniversary and were honored by the presence of Irv Rosenberg, one of the original founders of The Apothecary. We’ve posted a photo album of pictures from our celebration – check it out!

How did we get to this point?

On November 22, 1965, two dedicated pharmacists named Mickey Weinstein and Irv Rosenberg opened a store called The Apothecary in Bethesda, MD. Their many years of experience in nutritional pharmacology had inspired them to establish a special place where people could benefit from the best of both traditional and alternative healthcare. The Apothecary was one of a very few pharmacies in the Washington area that offered an alternative approach to healing, focusing on improving health through diet and lifestyle changes, and nutritional supplements, rather than through conventional medicine alone. Continue reading “Village Green Apothecary – 50 Years Old!”

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