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Alumna's Pharmacy/Diner featured on Food Network's Restaurant: Impossible

By Lauren Whetzel-Siburkis

pharmacyPharmacy alumna Marybeth Sniadowski-Cole P’86 had a rare opportunity to work closely with the Food Network’s bold and energizing host, Robert Irvine, to revamp her family-owned business, Lyon’s Pharmacy of Elkton.

In this new era of chain pharmacies and mail order prescriptions, Sniadowski-Cole was uncertain in which direction to take Lyon’s Pharmacy after her father, Tony Sniadowski, passed away last year. After all, he was a devout pharmacist who served the Elkton, Maryland community for more than 50 years.

Part old-school luncheonette and part functioning pharmacy, Sniadowski-Cole felt the double-duty business needed some new direction if it was to have any hope of lasting success. And that’s where Irvine and his Restaurant: Impossible team gave Lyon’s the second chance it deserved.

The episode, entitled “Prescription for Failure,” aired on the Food Network on Wednesday, April 22. In the episode, Irvine updated the luncheonette’s design and also added new selections to the menu, including a crab cake. Sniadowski-Cole’s mother, Bernadette Sniadowski, had a visible role on the episode and shared the origin to some of the luncheonette recipes. The crowning achievement of the show, however, was the installation of Lyon’s new business sign, which now boasts an image of long-time leader in the Elkton community, Mr. Sniadowski.    

“The episode provided a snapshot of our family-run pharmacy and luncheonette and also portrayed the close-knit community of Elkton,” said Sniadowski-Cole. “My husband, Ed, and our children, Taylor, Maddie, Allie and Jack; are my biggest supporters.”

Reflecting on this experience, Sniadowski-Cole said she learned three key elements: “1. I can run multiple businesses at the same time. 2. A community pharmacy is only as successful as the community that is willing to support it. 3. My dad had a great run, but now it’s my time.”

She also said there’s been a vast improvement in the communication between the luncheonette and the pharmacy staff because they now have daily meetings to discuss sales, concerns and plans to keep going forward.

Click here for a recap on the episode.

Submitted by Grace Earl, PharmD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy at USciences and former PCP classmate of Marybeth Sniadowski-Cole.

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