By Julie Ann Madden
The old Care Center building now has five tenants.
First, a coffee group, originally dubbed the “Down Under” men began meeting in the former conference room where trustees held their meetings on the first floor.
Second, the Twin Flames Massage & Wellness Centre opened in the former original nursing home’s east entrance, southeast wing and dining room.
Third, the Old Geezers group rented the basement to do woodworking projects.
Fourth, Mindy’s Designs LLC, a crafting, repurposing, sewing and upholstery business opens off the southwest entrance where the chapel and exercise room were. Co-owners are Mindy Smykle and Vicki LeMunyan, both of Akron. Carol Welch, of Akron, S.D., also sells Avon through Mindy’s Designs.
Now, Vivian Miller, of Akron, has leased the space of the Care Center’s former hair salon and Physical Therapy room.
At their March 14 meeting, Akron Councilor Alex Pick motioned to enter a lease agreement with Miller, and Councilor Gerry Stowers seconded it. The vote was 4-0 with Councilor Kasey Mitchell absent.
Miller told the council her business, Expressive Arts Art Studio & Gallery, will offer art classes and there will be gallery exhibits and art shows.
She hopes to open by May.
The purpose of leasing the old Care Center building is to provide opportunities for business startups, said City Administrator Dan Rolfes. He hopes that once the businesses are established, they can find other locations in Akron as the facility has maintenance issues.