Our History

In 1943, Bill Dobbins and his family moved to Lyons and opened a drugstore on 42 William Street, thus beginning the operation that is still serving the citizens of Wayne County nearly 70 years later. The look of the store and the pharmacists may have changed through the years, but the management’s philosophy has always remained constant: Our customers come first.

After Bill’s son, Winston, graduated from Albany College of Pharmacy in 1958, he joined his father’s business. Knowing that more space would be needed for the growing operation, Bill bought the Parshall Memorial Building, a structure on 52-56 William Street the following year. The new location provided additional room and also allowed for later expansion.


When Bill retired in 1961, Daniel Barnes bought his half of the business. A card and gift section was added to the remodeled store in 1964 and was expanded into the 58 William Street store space in 1993. Bill’s old pharmacy fixtures were used for shelving, prompting the store to be named the Old Pharmacy Gift Shoppe. Winston’s son, Sean, a graduate of Albany College of Pharmacy, purchased Daniel Barnes’ half of Dobbins Corporation in 1992 and his father’s half in 1996, the year before Winston retired.

Today, Sean Dobbins proudly provides various pharmaceutical and business services and unique gifts to the customers of Wayne County.

Check out our storefront mural along the Lyons Mural Trail!

The former plain façade of Dobbins Drug Store and The Olde Pharmacy Gift Shop is now Generations. 

Impressed by Corky and Chips’ unique artistic techniques and abilities, pharmacist Sean Dobbins commissioned them to create a permanent tribute to his heritage.