By Gayle VanVooren, Mascot Editor
An air of relaxation hits you when you open the door to Prairie Winds Wellness here in Minneota.
Doctor Stephanie Vlaminck greeted folks on Monday, the opening day of the new business on Highway 68. “I’m really pumped,” she said with glee. It’s been a couple of fantastic weeks getting this ready and I couldn’t have done it without my family.”
Vlaminck, a Doctor of Chiropractic, purchased the former Gene’s Sporting Goods store on April 26, and it has been ‘all hands to the task’ ever since.
While the street project has been an eyesore out the new front windows of the place, Vlaminck was quick to note that it was also helpful.
“We brought the new water and sewer lines right in,” she said, “and last week the AC was put in — and that was nice.”
A large visitor’s area greets folks as they come in the door, and tasteful decorations throughout the building tell of the care taken in selecting items for the rooms.
Wall colors are flattering and soothing, with decor that enhances the rooms that will be used in the future. This is definitely a place to reduce stress and help folks with bodily strains that can be life-changing.
“There are four total treatment rooms,” said Vlaminck, “and two of them are ready for use right now.”
More rooms have been worked on, and are a ‘work in progress’. A therapy room is also complete, ready for ultra sound and laser treatments.
An exercise room is also being finished, which will be used for patient education, rehabilitation and, ultimately, exercising.
Vlaminck’s uncle, Jim Vlaminck, is credited with all the beautiful woodwork in the building, although Stephanie admitted that she got involved in the staining process. The warm wood tones help to achieve the overall relaxing affect.
Another feature that is very striking is the mixture of mediums used for the flooring. There’s a bit of wood, a bit of carpeting, and then some very striking decorative concrete that was done by Tom McArthur Concrete of Canby. Colors and textures combine for a very eye-pleasing effect.
“A lot of work, and thought, has gone into this business,” said Vlaminck. And she was quick to acknowledge the hours of work by family and friends that has made it all possible.
Cari Pohlen will be working at the front desk to register clients.
The Doctor is in!