If the phrase “drug store” conjures up images of odd smelling nostrums and rows of pill bottles, think again. Santé Integrative Pharmacy is not your grandparents’ shop. Conveniently located on Nassau Street, in the old Morris Maple Paint shop space, co-owner JoAnn Issenman, her partners pharmacist Chris Castagna and Barry Perzow, and her professional staff have created a full-service prescription and compounding pharmacy, offering traditional and natural healthy living solutions.

Familiar brand names line the shelves near the dispensary, but it is the world of choices beyond the familiar that is the heart of the innovative approach that integrates wellness practices from around the world. The store is rich with the scent of lavender and fine soaps from Provence. Established natural spa products from as far away as Morocco and as near as Colorado line the shelves.

“We are particularly proud to carry the Dr. Hauschka line of organic skin care. When the first Dr. Hauschka products were introduced in 1967, natural beauty products were revolutionary. Now, 50 years later, millions of people rely on these products for the health and beauty of their skin,” says Issenman.

From the moment you enter, the bright and spacious shop pops with specialized teas, supplements, herbal medicines as well as an array of vegan and gluten-free snacks and drinks. Reference books are available on a variety of topics and the comfortable sitting area and free tea encourages learning and discussion.

“We offer carefully edited skincare, herbal, homeopathic formulas, vitamins, supplements, natural foods, and products for the home that are perfect for today’s proactive healthcare consumer,” Issenman says. “Our clients are knowledgeable about the dynamic alternatives available for wellness and are eager to learn more. They tend to be well and want to stay that way. They are into self-care and have been introduced to non-Western traditions. Our pharmacists, nutritionists, naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, and skincare specialists are ready to guide our clients on a wide range of topic as well as provide assistance with more familiar medicines and products.”

“We are a truly independent pharmacy. The chains have driven out the local, personalized pharmacies. Our aim is to be a resource for clients, to offer practical advice regarding real issues such as drug interaction or the effect of nutrient depletion, and to take the time to address any questions, no matter how simple or difficult.”

Another unique aspect of Santé Integrative Pharmacy is the ability to create highly individualized prescriptions in their compounding pharmacy. When mass produced products are not effective, Princeton residents now have the opportunity to have their drugs made to their doctor’s precise specifications.

Experience the world of a full-service pharmacy that brings together the world of natural health. Learn and live well at Santé Integrative Pharmacy.

Santé Integrative Pharmacy, 200 Nassau Street, Princeton. 609-921-8820. www.santeintegrativepharmacy.com.

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