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Throw your boring CVS in the trash. Throw the District’s four Walgreens in the trash, too! You won’t need them anymore, because the new Walgreens in Chinatown isn’t a pharmacy, it’s a lifestyle.

“This amazing three story store is unlike anything seen in the city,” reads a breathless invitation to tour the store. So what does the pharmacy at 7th and H Sts. offer, besides a cool sign?

  • juice and smoothie bar
  • frozen yogurt machines
  • a cafe
  • “expert eyebrow shaping”

Pharmacists at the Walgreens will also come out from behind the counter and interact with customers. As the invitation says, “It is hard to describe the uniqueness of the space.”

The new Walgreens, part of the company’s line of swanky “Well Experience” stores, is based on a similar branch in Chicago (pictured). That store got rave reviews, with one customer telling the Huffington Post, “This is probably one of the most beautiful Walgreens that I’ve seen in my life time.”

A high bar indeed! The store is hosting a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, and will open at 9:30 that morning.

Photo by danoxneil used under a Creative Commons license