At long last, Dan Dopps is ready to talk about some of his plans for the former HomeTown Buffet space on West Central just east of Ridge Road.
The chiropractor is moving his Dopps Chiropractic from 8114 W. Central to 5,500 square feet of the remodeled 13,000-square-foot building.
The move will happen early next month. Just before he opens, Dopps promises to share video of what’s sure to be the highlight of the new space: a rooftop treatment room.
“I’m going to have a rooftop patio that’s protected with glass on the walls but open on the ceiling,” Dopps says. “I’ll treat patients outdoors in the open sunshine on nice days. That’s going to be really fun. I’m tired of being cooped up indoors.”
He thinks staff, who also will have a rooftop walking path, and patients will appreciate it, too.
“There’s a lot of days it’ll just be like a mini vacation,” Dopps says. “There’s a lot of benefit in people getting sunshine.”
He says he’s still finalizing a deal with a retail tenant that will open next to his business about a month after he opens. It won’t be another health-related facility. Instead, Dopps says the building will be like a strip center with unrelated tenants.
There’s a third space of about 3,000 square feet that Dopps has left to lease.
Dopps says he’s also leased space to Stutzmans Greenhouse to put one of its garden centers on the parking lot.
Another feature he says he’s planning for the building is parking with spaces that are larger like traditional handicap spaces. Dopps says he’s doing it for his patients.
“When you’re hurting, you don’t need to be struggling for parking,” he says. “When your back is hurting, you’re temporarily handicapped, I figure.”
Though he’s keeping the Dopps Chiropractic name, Dopps says he’s thinking of a new tagline for his sunny business.
“They call it al fresco in a restaurant when you eat outdoors,” he says.
Dopps says he might do something like “over the top health care” or something similar.
“We’re going to just have some fun with it.”