Nadia's Pharmacy: Medication for the body and the spirit
By Saira Sumbal Bizmagazine Staff Writer
Nadia Hider is not a typical pharmacist. She greets customers by their first names and gives them advice as if they are members of her family.
Her pharmacy, Nadia’s Pharmacy, on Warren Avenue in Dearborn is not focused on prescriptions; it is driven by a different kind of healing: Kindness and spirituality. “I’m looking to do good,” Hider said.
Nearly 200 customers walk into Nadia’s Pharmacy on a given day. They come to pick up their medications, chat and give Hider news about their families and the community and in some cases get a second opinion on medication.
“When I go into Nadia’s Pharmacy, it is like I have come into my house,” said Hamze Amine, who has been frequenting the pharmacy for 25 years.
And Hider is glad to help. She is often the first face to greet her customers with a smile. She gives them medical directions in Arabic and English, and she even tosses in an advice on life to the younger crowd if needed.
Her dedication to her customers runs high. When she had a kidney transplant last year, her doctor told to stay home for six months. But Hider missed her customers and she was back at the pharmacy welcoming her customers with her usual smile two months later.“It’s amazing I’m still here,” she said.
Hider’s passion for pharmacy was bore out of bleak circumstances. While at Wayne State University studying pre-med, Hider’s father fell ill. She took a job in a pharmacy to help pay for medical expenses and discovered what would become her life’s work.
Hider worked at Perry Drug Stores for several years, and later she opened her first pharmacy in 1989 next to the al-Ameer’s restaurant on West Warren Avenue in Dearborn, not far from her current location. It was a “hole in the wall” as she described it but it gave her first stab at entrepreneurship. She now works at the pharmacy with her children.
Her commitment to the community goes beyond medicine. She hosted a coat drive for Syrian refugees last year, and there were so many coats that a semi-trailer truck hauled the donations away.
When you ask Hider what values guide her business, she enthusiastically says, “kindness, kindness and more kindness!”
And her employees testify to that. “I consider them like family,” said Nowel Chehab, a technician at the pharmacy. “I feel like home here.”
Nadia’s Pharmacy is located at 12818 West Warren Avenue in Dearborn, Michigan. The pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. If you have any questions, you can call (313) 584-7272.
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