A lot of entrepreneurs might say their business is a dream come true.
For Kristin and Eric Saul, the final concept of their new business is quite literally that.
“I had a dream and when I woke up I told my husband ‘that is the most vivid dream I’ve ever had…we are opening up a Hallmark store and we are opening it next to Blue Ridge Coffee,'” recalls Kristin. “And he said ‘we are not opening up a Hallmark store.'”
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Eric was wrong.
Less than a year later, Eric and Kristin are putting finishing touches on their new Medicap Pharmacy and Hallmark store at 4641 SW Wyoming Blvd., in the same shopping center as Blue Ridge Coffee.
“It was a perfect fit,” said Kristin. “Many, many Hallmarks are in pharmacies so I think they compliment each other.”
Kristin has been a pharmacist for nearly 25-years. Eric worked as a civil engineer before himself becoming a pharmacist about 4-years ago.
“It’s runs in our blood,” joked Eric, who also has a sister and sister-in-law in the same profession.
After the dream and some serious planning, they became both Medicap Pharmacy and Hallmark Gold Crown franchisees. They plan to open their new business on April 3.
While the two worked in corporate-owned pharmacies for years, they came to want a more personal environment independent pharmacies like Bi-Rite used to provide.
“We’re hoping to bring that back to Casper,” said Eric. “There are no other similar pharmacies, they’re pretty much all corporate.”
Eric says smaller pharmacies can offer medications therapy management and patient counseling, and can offer a more comfortable environment for immunizations.
The business also marks the return of Hallmark to Casper since Sadler’s Hallmark Shop closed in 2015.
The space is large enough to offer racks of cards, as well as the popular Hallmark gifts, trinkets and Christmas ornaments.
“Casper is a great community, and the patients that I’ve been involved with I’ve created very strong relationships with them. We’re hoping to draw from that and build new ones from people I haven’t met yet,” said Eric.