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LAistory: Schwab's Pharmacy

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Crowds gather outside Schwab's on Sunset in 1950 (Photo: Underwood & Underwood/Corbis)
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It was just over a year ago when the doors closed for good at the Virgin Megastore in the retail complex towering over the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and Crescent Heights. For many, it was the end of an era; the music store was the much-lauded anchor of the stores at 8000 Sunset and a regular stop for locals, celebs, starry-eyed celeb hopefuls, and tourists. But this wasn't the first time this corner said goodbye to a longstanding local legend. For half a century, Schwab's Pharmacy occupied a spot on the same segment of the Sunset Strip, and, like its successor, was also a regular stop for locals, celebs, starry-eyed celeb hopefuls, and tourists.