It’s 32 years now that Al Gentile has been caring for his community as owner of the St. George Pharmacy on Staten Island. This summer, the community said thank you. New York City’s Department of Small Business Services recently named Gentile’s friendly drugstore — a Good Neighbor Pharmacy affiliate — one of its 23 inaugural honorees as a Community Cornerstone Business.
The award celebrates small businesses from across the five boroughs that have served their local communities for at least 20 years. Being chosen means that St. George Pharmacy will receive access to a suite of free support services, including one-on-one business advising sessions, a pre-paid. NYC web domain name for a year, and the chance to be featured in a citywide advertising campaign.
That’s some well-deserved kudos. St. George, long a charitable neighborhood stalwart, has made a fresh splash in recent years since Gentile relocated the store to a larger space across the street, from 100 to 99 Stuyvesant Place, in order to add an in-house medical center. The move meant that St. George was now the first independently owned pharmacy in New York City to have an operating physician, Dr. Privilage Masoni, practicing on site. Now that’s acting like a Good Neighbor!