"I wanted to practice pharmacy, but I wanted to do it on my terms."
So he set out to pursue "a better way."
After shopping around, Herbst decided the newly refurbished hotel on Port Byron's Church Street was the perfect place to set up shop. he moved into the historic building and, in May 2011, opened his doors.
Using his 23 years of experience, Herbst offer his customers a range of traditional and more modern pharmaceutical services. Along with providing typical prescription-filling services, he gives vaccines and does non-sterile drug compounding.
Herbst also focuses heavily on creating pain creams, which he said help patients avoid addictive painkillers.
When he sees a need among his patients, Herbst tries to fill it. He can bill for diabetic shoes, wheelchairs and walkers, and can fill mail-order prescriptions.
"We're expanding," he said. "We're dabbling into different things to make ourselves stand out."
Recently his hard work was recognized.
This spring, Herbst Pharmacy won a small business excellence award from the U.S. Small Business Association. With the trophy sitting in his pharmacy, Herbst is excited to see what comes next for his business.
But no matter what new options Herbst Pharmacy offer in the future, Herbst said his pharmacy will continue to offer quality customer service.
"Every town needs a pharmacy," he said. "It makes things simpler."