One of the things that makes Oxford a foodie heaven is the availability of food items in unusual places. A good example of this is Chaney’s Pharmacy, one of the last locally owned, independent drugstores in Oxford and a part of the community for more than 30 years. Of course, Chaney’s is a good place to get your prescription filled, and the shelves are full of every over-the-counter medication imaginable, even alternative medicines. But that is not all they carry.
Most people are aware of Chaney’s little coffee shop, and it is a nice one. Carrying Ugly Mug coffees, which are Fair Trade organic blends, they have every imaginable combination of lattes, frappes, and mochas, as well as teas and cold drinks. You can pick up one of their small selection of baked goods, many of them from Bottletree Bakery right here in Oxford, for a light breakfast. Also behind the counter is a full menu of TCBY frozen yoghurt products – cones, smoothies, and sundaes with all manner of toppings. And if you don’t feel like stopping, there’s even a drive-through window. With a few tables around, and the latest copy of the Memphis Commercial Appeal available for customers, it is a pleasant place to chat with friends or take a coffee break.
But Chaney’s selection of edibles is not limited to what’s behind the coffee counter. They have a small but unusually eclectic collection of food and drink that you don’t normally find in a small drugstore – things like San Pellegrino and Fiji mineral waters (both in large bottles and individual serving sizes); Martinelli sparkling cider; Orangina; Cape Cod and Tom’s chips; Snyder’s Pretzels; Momma’s Southern-Style Bite-Sized Cookies from Selma, Alabama; and Jardine’s Peach Salsa out of Texas. They also carry a nice selection of Ole Miss-themed tailgating supplies.
Perhaps most impressive, however, is Chaney’s candy selection, currently all geared up for the Valentine’s Day rush. All of the majors are represented: See’s, Russell Stover, and Whitman’s. They have “samplers” ranging in size from a few ounces to several pounds, as well as a number of other products from these candy makers – “millionaires,” hard candies, and turtles. They carry some of the minor league candy sellers as well – Pangburn’s from Texas, Zachary from Indiana, and Mississippi’s own Wheeler’s Pecans out of Indianola (both under the Wheeler’s and Mossy Oak labels).
So, whether you need a box of chocolates for that special someone, a cold bottle of fizzy mineral water, or just a cup of coffee, consider Chaney’s the next time you’re in the area. Chaney’s is located at 501 Bramlett Boulevard, between the Oxford Public Library and the Mustard Seed Antique Mall. It’s open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
About Danny Toma:
After spending time exploring Italy, Ireland, Poland, Israel, Iraq, Germany, and, perhaps most exotically, Washington, Danny Toma is now back in Oxford to stay after a 22-year career with the U.S. Department of State. He enjoys dining out, as well as cooking in, and contributes to EatingOxford.com on a regular basis.