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A famed South County soda fountain will open its second location in Providence

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Across the state, Green Line Apothecary is something of a legend. Where else can you pick up your meds from a skilled pharmacist and order yourself a root beer float? The tradition of an “apothecary” that’s also a soda fountain may sound like the stuff of Norman Rockwell paintings, but the tradition is alive and well in South Kingstown, thanks to Christina Procaccianti, owner and head pharmacist of Green Line.

At last, that vintage combination is coming to Providence. “We are opening a second location on North Main Street,” Procaccianti announced in an online video. “There was a time when every Main Street had a corner drug store, and I want to see that come back to Providence.”

On paper, there’s little difference between Green Line and your local Walgreens; they still process scripts, and co-pays are the same. But Green Line also caters to patients with a sweet tooth, slinging sodas, shakes, floats, and ice cream. Most of these items were concocted by Procaccianti herself, using all-organic ingredients. You may recognize the menu from your favorite diner, but if you’ve never had an “egg cream,” Green Line will be serving this mid-century delight when it opens in the next couple of months.

Adds Procaccianti: “I want people to leave here feeling like they have had the best pharmacy experience ever.”