Dr. George Pilkington built the first drugstore in Pittsboro in 1916. The store passed through several owners. A local family gutted and modernized the space for a furniture store in the 1960s. Pittsboro resident Gene Oldham bought as much of the surplus drugstore material as he could. In 1996, he purchased the building which housed Dr. Pilkington's store and, with the help of friends, set about recreating the look and feel of the early drugstores, using his purchases and parts scavenged from other defunct drugstores. The store's name, S&T's Soda Shoppe, comes from the initials of his sons' names, Steve and T. J.