Remembering the life and legacy that established a Corpus Christi institution

CORPUS CHRISTI – Whether you know it as Hamlin’s pharmacy or Hamlin’s fountain and gifts, it is considered a Corpus Christi institution.

After the man who started it decades ago passes away, here at KRIS 6 News we remember his life, legacy and the memories he left behind.

“It was just a different time, a different era for pharmacists,” recalls Karl Arnold’s daughter, Karen Nicholson.

The date? 1960. A young pharmacist named Karl Arnold opened a business in Corpus Christi. A business that would stand the test of time.

“The store was love in his life,” recalls Nicholson. “He came down every day. He got up every day and came to work and just loved coming here and seeing everyone.”

His daughter has run the shop since her father retired between 20 and 17, but her memories go back to when the business first boomed.

“I came here when I was four and hung out during the day to start my love for the store,” she tells us as we remembered that day like it was yesterday.

When she finished high school, Nicholson began working full time with her father.

“We worked together every day and I don’t think we ever fought,” says Nicholson. “And that was great too. If your dad works when you have kids, you can pick up the phone when you really need it. He understood that very much. “

Arnold would encourage not only his daughter but his customers as well. A good pharmacist, she says, and an even better listener.

“My mother said when they were in college that he wanted to be a bartender and instead became a pharmacist,” recalls Nicholson. Either way, her father would have been good at both, as he always took the time to listen.

“He really enjoyed listening to people’s problems and helping them solve them and just trying to help people,” she says.

Her father passed away on Sunday and now she wants us to remember her father we would have wanted him to be.

“How much he loved his family and all of his grandchildren so much,” says Nicholson. “I hope people remember how important small community businesses are to our communities.”