The original Tate Pharmacy was opened in 1947.
Mimi’s brings back nostalgia of old Tate pharmacy
The Allred & Jordan Drug Company, a pharmacy and soda fountain, opened in Tate in 1947 and closed in the 1990s. Sherry Schillaci and her daughter Katie Bell are bringing it back to life.
Schillaci is owner of Mimi’s Eats & Treats, located on Highway 53 in Tate near the 53 Market that her daughter Lindsey Hannah owns. Mimi’s is in the old Allred & Jordan building and is serving sandwiches and ice cream just like they did in the original pharmacy.
In about two months, pharmacist Katie Bell will open a pharmacy in the same spot in Mimi’s as the original one.
“All the locals have enjoyed coming back and remembering coming here after going to the Tate Medical Center and getting an ice cream for five cents or a hot dog or egg salad sandwich and getting their prescriptions,” Schillaci told Smoke Signals during breakfast time at Mimi’s.
Mimi’s opened August 30, the first day of Jeep Fest.
“There was wonderful support that weekend,” Schillaci said. “A great way to start a new business. We were ready, we were open, we were stocked and we had a great weekend.”
Scott and Tina O’Conner owned the building and did the renovations, according to Schillaci. She said she wanted to give back to the community.
“So we brought it back and listened to what the community wanted and we tried to rebuild what we could for them,” Schillaci said. “So far it has been wonderful listening to their stories and watching them walk through and reminisce about what it was like when they were kids and riding their bikes here. Some of them worked behind the counter and their grandmothers did.”
Schillaci and her husband retired and moved here from the Mississippi Gulf Coast when her daughters decided to move to the area.
She was the IT person for a large law firm in Mobile for 25 years working for over 100 attorneys and no restaurant experience but her daughter Lindsey next door has a degree in food and beverage and worked as a director of food and beverage for Marriott for eight years and provides consulting.
“I figured this would be a walk in the park,” Schillaci said. “It’s been a little bit easier, less stressful and more fun because I get to meet and talk to a lot of different people and give the community a chance to come back and visit a place that was so dear to them for many, many years.”
She said Mimi’s serves 60-100 sandwiches a day and that the homemade egg salad, chicken salad and pimiento-cheese sandwiches are the favorites. She also has desserts from the popular Alpine Bakery located in Holly Springs and Alpharetta and “great” ice cream from Wisconsin, a big hit for her customers.
Carol Stem works behind the counter and said she is generally busy all day. School kids come in after school and the ice cream is a big hit.
Mimi’s signature sandwiches are named after community locations and personages including “The Quarry”, “The Tate”, “The Big Canoe”, “The Bent Tree” and of course the “Allred Jordan Egg Salad.”
Breakfast items include Danish, bagels, muffins and breakfast sandwiches. Ice cream treats include scoops with toppings, milkshakes, and floats.
“The favorite sandwich in the community (in the old pharmacy) was the egg salad sandwich,” Schillaci said. “So we were able to get the recipe from Ms Patsy Jordan, who still lives nearby.”
Mimi’s also has a selection of gift items.
“We are here to give back to the community as much as we can,” Schillaci said. “We are open to do fundraisers for local groups and are getting ready to do an ice cream social for a local church and a fundraiser to build a playground.”
Mimi’s is open for breakfast and remains open till 7 p.m. The pharmacy will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, half a day Saturday and closed on Sunday.
Mimi’s Treats & Eats, 4875 Highway 53 East, Tate, GA. 30177, 678-454-2300.
Mimi’s is located on Highway 53 in Tate near the railroad depot.
Sandwiches at Mimi’s have localized names.
Members of the Weekend Snacks program for Pickens County school kids had breakfast at Mimi’s on a recent Monday morning.