Hallet’s has been a community fixture in Yarmouth Port since it was built as an apothecary in 1889 by Thacher Taylor Hallet. Today, great grandson Charles owns and operates the store, which boasts an old-fashioned oak counter and a marble-topped soda fountain. As time stands still, sit on a swivel stool or in one of the wrought iron, heart-shaped chairs beneath the tin ceiling, and relax over an ice cream soda (the food’s not much to write home about).
The second floor has been turned into something of a museum, documenting Yarmouth’s history as seen through one family’s annals and attic treasures. In addition to being a pharmacist (old medicine bottles are on display), T. T. Hallet was a postmaster (during his tenure, only 15 families had mail slots), selectman (the second floor was used as a meeting room from 1889 to the early 1900s), and justice of the peace. The charming displays include store posters from the last 100 years and historical photographs.