There were many soda fountains around Clarksdale (3 within walking distance of The Holy Moly Drug Store), back in the day. They closed in the 60's. Apparently, they were well-loved meeting places for all ages, but they closed due to a shrinking population and because big companies provided their products in stiff competition with local businesses.
On September 15, 2015, The Holy Moly Drug Store restaurant business was sold. Adrian and Carla have new tenants who have started a new restaurant at 301 Issaquena Avenue, inside The Holy Moly.
Please consider supporting The Holy Moly as a local business by visiting the new restaurant at the corner of Third Street & Issaquena Avenue, joining in on future entertainment offerings in the building, and letting your local friends know about the revitalisation project known as "The Holy Moly." Carla and Adrian work very hard in all areas of this building revitalisation and, although they have received great local support, it will take continued energy to make this thing fly.
This is The Holy Moly Drug Store story:
September 1, 2014
Carla and Adrian never really intended to run an ice cream shop, but they saw something that was needed in the community and decided to do it, rather than talk about it. The Holy Moly Drug Store will be closed from September through mid-November, 2014, whilst the owners travel back to Australia. The soda jerk and his missus are needing Vegemite; and Adrian promises to bring a bunch back with him to share when they return from Australia.
Here's a little playlist of videos from season one in The Holy Moly Drug Store:
Relay overloads for ice cream freezers are not common in the deep south in Mississippi, so the world has been searched... well googled anyway, for the much needed ”transplant” part. It’s on its way, but with Christmas and new year on our doorstep, there’s no telling when the freezer will be working again. Luckily, in a few days, it will be so cold that we won’t need a freezer at all!
Recapping on season two, in the series “The Holy Moly Drug Store”
*We managed to reopen after a 2 month mission to Australia;
*We needed more supplies of Vegemite, and we needed to be able to say “g’day mate” and “she’ll be right” and “no worries” with the confidence of being totally understood;
*We felt great being back here in Clarksdale, with all y’all;
*We enjoyed getting back to the limitless supply of espresso milkshakes for staff and management [me and her, or is that her and me?]; and
We loved being welcomed back by friends, fans, coffee hounds, ice cream fiends, and sugar savourers;
the low lights......….
*Our freezer went into an ice cream coma, creating turmoil at a difficult time of year for total disasters;
*We found that this is a very quiet time of the year, making getting out of bed, let alone building and running an ice cream/coffee/soda fountain drug store, a difficult task, indeed; AND
*Did we mention the ice cream meltdown?
What’s in store for The Holy Moly Drug Store in season Three?
After a bit of, Christmas and new year fun, and some deep hibernating to come up with and develop the next part of the story, The Holy Moly Drug Store will spring back into action in March.
Stay tuned for new characters, menu items, flavors, hours, and, above all, a new relay overload for the freezer!
See y’all soon!
The Holy Moly Drug Store has a new menu! We serve specialties pancakes with ice cream and a new cider float!
The Holy Moly Drug Store business with a long-term lease (the current restaurant and corner section of The Holy Moly building at 301 Issaquena Avenue) has been sold to an Australian couple, John and Naomi Casaceli.
Carla and Adrian are reopening The Holy Moly Drug Store as Casaceli employees on September 29, 2015, and plan to work through October before handing the work over to John and Naomi and moving on to revitalisation work in other areas of The Holy Moly.
Upgrades are planned for the next season of The Holy Moly Drug Store restaurant: There will be more food options and a bigger variety of beverages! Woooohoooo!
John and Naomi are former owners/managers of a wonderful music venue (the Vanguard) in Sydney, Australia. Adrian and Carla are excited about having these wonderful new tenants in The Holy Moly.
Holy moly! It's time to get something happening upstairs in The Holy Moly Theatre!
March 5, 2016, UPDATE:
The Holy Moly Drug Store was closed in October. The Holy Moly's new tenants have created a whole new restaurant. The restaurant's new hours of operation are Wednesday thru Sunday (with live music each Sunday). Levon's Drug Store Diner has a full lunch and dinner menu and a beautiful, modern, look.