Little Doses, the children’s store located inside the original Walker Pharmacy on Northside Drive West, has expanded to a new location at 1100 Brampton Avenue, Suite A between LaBerry and Shane’s Rib Shack in the Market District behind East Georgia Regional Medical Center.
“This is an evolution of my mother Devra Walker’s dream,” said Jordan Walker, PharmD at Walker Pharmacy and Boutique on Brampton. “She first began Little Doses when I was just a kid inside Walker Pharmacy in 1994. We feel the new dedicated and expanded store, and the addition and leadership of Ryan Marsh, will help us continue to grow this business. This is something mom would have been very proud of. We are excited about continuing her vision for our business.”
Lindsay and the late Devra Walker opened Walker Pharmacy on Northside Drive in 1984. The dynamic duo continued to grow the business by expanding into clothing, gift and boutique items. Then adding Home Health, the acquisition of Brooklet Drugs and the construction of Walker Pharmacy and Boutique in the Market District.
Devra Walker was the creative and financial management force behind the operation and really made a mark not only on the Walker’s business but also on our community as a whole until her tragic death almost a year ago.
“There is no way we could have continued our operations, let alone see them grow without the support of a very talented management team and staff at all of our locations,” Jordan Walker said. “Steve Chapman, Tammy Phillips and Laura James have stepped up to take over the financial management and Kathy Montgomery and Kala Allmond have done the same on the retail side of the operations. Kala brought us the idea to move Little Doses out of our operations so we could focus on the uniqueness of the children’s clothing business and give it the attention it deserves.”
In a little under three weeks, from conception of the idea to opening, Kala, Kathy and Jessica Green transformed a never before developed space into one of the most beautiful children’s stores in the area.
With Ryan Marsh, owner of Bellies and Babies downtown deciding to close her store, this seemed like a perfect opportunity to partner with her, Jordan Walker said.
Marsh, who holds a Retail Management Degree from GSU, also brings years of retail management to the company. In addition, to an extensive knowledge of the children’s clothing business she is also an accomplished dance instructor and will be introducing dance and ballet clothing to the store.
Little Doses specializes in children’s clothing from newborn to size 12 for girls and newborn to size 14 for boys. They carry some of the most popular children clothing lines including Bailey Boys, Kissy Kissy, Le’ Za Me and Mud Pie. They will add Beaufort Bonnet, which was popular at Bellies and Babies. “Tween” clothing will move to Walker Pharmacy and Boutique 1198 Merchant Way.
The Walker Pharmacy at 2425 Northside Drive West will undergo renovations for an expansion of their home medical equipment and accessories. A showroom will be built that will be set up like actual rooms in your own home so customers can experience all of the options available to care for your loved ones in your home.
Brooklet Drugs will be move to a new location on Parker Avenue across the street from the Post Office Café in downtown Brooklet in the spring. The Walker’s have purchased a building and renovations are underway for the relocation of the pharmacy. Vick Voiselle is the lead pharmacist at Brooklet Drugs and is assisted by pharmacist Kaitlin Daniels.
Walker employees nearly 70 throughout the company.
Last Wednesday would have been Devra Walker’s 57th birthday. She was indeed a very special lady who impacted so many lives in our community. Her sudden death was a shock not only to the Walker family but to our entire community.
Nothing was more special to her than her husband Lindsay and three boys, Jordan, Brandon and Griffin. Jordan and his wife Kelcie gave birth to Devra’s “first girl” Emerson, who Devra only was able to enjoy for a week.
The expansion of Little Doses is a remarkable tribute to Devra and her creative spirit. It is wonderful to see her legacy moving on in such wonderful ways