For the past 10 years, Erika Arwine has made a living dealing drugs of the legal variety.
Arwine left a large, retail pharmacy in Wyandotte County and came to work as a pharmacist at a "smaller, less hectic" environment at the Lansing Pharmacy off Main Street in October 2006. Since then, she has enjoyed getting to know the store's regulars on a personal basis.
"People like that you know their name," Arwine said. "We can take care of them without a lot of questions, and we know who they are and what they need."
Arwine has also been helping the pharmacy prepare for a move to a newly built suite behind Popeye's in the Carriage Hills Plaza shopping center.
"Tentatively, we're set for the first of June," Arwine said. "It seems a little soon right now, but I think we're going to make it."
When she takes off her lab coat and heads home for the day, Arwine looks forward to spending time with her husband, Roger, who is a printer in Kansas City, and two daughters.
Any mother of two has her hands full, but Arwine, especially, works overtime, as her youngest, Kaylee, has Down syndrome.
"She's been very healthy. We haven't had any major problems," Arwine said. "She's very outgoing, very loving and friendly. She's been a blessing."
Kaylee currently attends preschool at Lansing Elementary, but Arwine said that next year, her daughter would probably transfer to Bradley Elementary on post at Fort Leavenworth.
"Emily (her older sister) has been a big help. They get along really well : and my mother stays with the girls before and after school, so she's kind of like a nanny," Arwine said.
NAME: Erika Arwine
ADDRESS: Rural Lansing
FAMILY: Roger, husband; Emily, daughter, 8; Kaylee, daughter, 4
HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN LANSING AND WHAT BROUGHT YOU HERE? "10 years. We moved out of Wyandotte County, had been looking for land out in the country and built a house."
WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT LANSING? "I like the small-town atmosphere."
WHAT DO YOU DO FOR FUN? "I'm busy with my kids usually, but I like crocheting, quilting and sewing."
WHAT WOULD SURPRISE PEOPLE ABOUT YOU? "Maybe that I've made quilts for my kids."
WHAT'S THE BEST ADVICE YOU'VE EVER RECEIVED? "You can do anything and be anyone you want to be."
WHAT CLUBS OR ORGANIZATIONS DO YOU BELONG TO? Kansas Pharmacists Association