The Alliance Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors spent time downtown for their June monthly meeting. First stop was the Family Vision Clinic of Alliance, a fairly new business to the downtown area but not the city of Alliance. The business was named this months Chamber Spotlight Business of the Month.
Family Vision Clinic of Alliance has been providing eye care services for 28 years. Bruce Anderson, OD purchased the practice of Robert Bowen, OD in 1991 and renamed it Family Vision Clinic of Alliance. Dr Anderson had a solo optometry practice for over 20 years until 2012 when Creston Myers, OD purchased the practice. Dr. Anderson retired at the end of 2012, and Dr. Myers continued the Family Vision Clinic of Alliance business providing comprehensive eye exams and urgent eye care services. On November 1st 2018, the clinic moved to its newly remodeled location in historic Opera House building at 321 Box Butte Ave.
Family Vision Clinic of Alliance has over 700 glasses frames in stock and the equipment to make a pair of glasses right in the office for many single vision lenses. The clinic also stocks sunglasses and various brands of contacts.
The clinic’s new location downtown has much more space and is designed to allow the business to grow into a multi-doctor practice in the future. The clinic has recently updated its exam technology including digital visual acuity charts and wide field retinal imaging.
Dr. Myers took time to tell the Ambassadors the history of the business as well as answer any questions. The Ambassadors were also given a tour of the very spacious facility. Myers noted, Family Vision Clinic of Alliance would like to thank the community of Alliance for supporting the business over the last 28 years. Because of local patient loyalty, Family Vision Clinic of Alliance has been a reliable and evolving business in Alliance for years and will continue to provide quality eye care for the community.
Just next door, the Ambassadors visited Alliance Community Pharmacy as their business visitation for June. The pharmacy opened its doors June 5th of last year. Although they have enjoyed being downtown, owner and head pharmacist Tim Kotschwar did note that the business will be moving to a different building –up by the hospital- once the work on that building is complete. The new location will provide much needed room and a drive up window. An exact move date is still unknown at this time with an estimated late fall move.
Very successful first year, with around 2400 people in their database.
Additional services the pharmacy offers includes cholesterol testing, A1 C testing for people with diabetes, rapid strep tests among others. Three full time employees, a couple part time employees and one summer employee.
Alliance Community Pharmacy is open seven days a week, has emergency call-back after hours, free delivery to Alliance and Hemingford and provides Curbside pick up among many other services and products on hand.
“We try to keep things on hand and set pricing competitively...give people a reason to not drive to Scottsbluff or Chadron for their needs but rather stay local,” stated Kotschwar.
After enjoying subs from Papa’s, the group held their official meeting, noting the businesses just visited, upcoming events in the community and looking ahead to the July businesses to visit.