In October of 2011, my wife and I secured a lease for our brand new physical therapy practice, Union Physical Therapy, in the not-so-brand-new Good Shepherd Center. It was built in 1906 and maintained by Historic Seattle in Wallingford. The place already had some really nice clear grain fir floors that were distressed by the years, 12-foot ceilings, and 8-foot windows.
We were lucky enough to get some suggestions from friends who were architects about where we might want to go with the space, given our HVAC set up (or lack there of) and the space itself. We were on an very tight budget, and we needed to save money wherever it was possible. We also wanted to find items that would complement the space, so off to Second Use we went.
We scored. We found six oversized glass panel doors that were brand new, five brand new cherry stained cabinets, one large wicker basket (for balls and mats), two really cool old stools for our stand-up work station, and an awesome light fixture. Everything we got was a deal, and I would estimate that we saved about $2,500. A couple coats of paint, some carpentry, builder magic from DMC Tenant Improvement Services, and we were off and running.
We've been open for about a year and a half now, and new patients are always commenting on how much they love our space. Most importantly, we love coming to work here every day as well. The materials we found at Second Use allowed us to match the old with the new in a way that kept our clinic looking clean and professional. We couldn't have done it in the same style without you guys. Thanks.
Mitch Owens MsPT, CMPT
Union Physical Therapy LLC