K&B Drug Stores
Sydney J. Besthoff III, past president and owner of K&B Drug Stores and grandson of Sydney J. Besthoff (founder with Gustave Katz of Katz & Besthoff Drug Store), is a meticulous keeper of records. The photographs found in this book are from his personal collection, covering the 92-year life span of Katz & Besthoff and K&B Drug Stores. This is a rare opportunity to see these photographs, which chronicle a piece of New Orleans history, during which time the store became a part of the community. K&B Drug Store grew from a local pharmacy with more than 50 locations in the New Orleans area to 186 stores in six states while remaining based in New Orleans. Fondly remembered as the "purple dragon," K&B is greatly missed by all those who passed through its purple doors and were rung up on its purple cash registers. Come sit inside a Katz & Besthoff location one last time and have a Nectar soda--and don't forget to pick up half a gallon of K&B ice cream on your way home.
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KB Closes 1997
1011 Canal Street 732 Canal Street 841 Canal Street 900 Camp Street advertising Author’s collection Azurea perfume Besthoff drug store Besthoff Family Collection building still stands Canal Street location Canal Street store Carrollton and Claiborne Carrollton Avenue Chapotel Charles and Louisiana Charles and Napoleon Charles Avenue Chocolale Claiborne Avenues closing of K&B cosmetics counter Courtesy Besthoff Family curb service delivery service demolished filled Flat Fifths flavors floor front Gustave Katz Hurricane Betsy Hurricane Katrina K&B brands K&B Camera Center K&B drug stores K&B ice cream K&B location K&B logo K&B pharmacy K&B purple K&B soda fountain Katz & Besthoff Katz and Besthoff Katz’s KGLB location at 732 location opened malls Martin Behrman Metairie Road Napoleon Avenues Oak Street opened in 1911 Orleans pharmacist photograph shows photographic processing prescription rebuilt Rite Aid Salad Seen selection stands today Stich Street and Carrollton suburb Super XX Sydney Besthoff window display