Retail spaces fill quickly at Mary's Woods
As new residents flock to Mary's Woods retirement community after a recent expansion that added 198 new units of senior housing and more than 40,000 square feet of corporate and commercial space, they might not have much of an excuse to leave.
The three buildings facing Highway 43, which are mainly retail spaces being leased to outside businesses and Mary's Woods corporate offices and training areas, are almost filled.
CEO Diane Hood said that each of the businesses moving in helps add to Mary's Woods' goal of having residents feel like they're part of a village.
"The whole goal was to really emphasize that Mary's Woods is 'one,'" Hood said.
The first business to open was Glam-more Nails — a manicure and pedicure spa.
"It's beautiful. It's the prettiest salon I've ever seen. It also has a princess chair (for younger children)," Hood said. "As we age, it's possible that we are not able to take care of our own feet as well because of just flexibility or perhaps a condition or diagnosis, but also just in general (we know) how important it is to take care of your feet since we walk around on them all day."
Also open is Smile Oswego Dental, which also has a nearby location in West Linn.
Hood said it's convenient for residents to see a dentist so close to home and there's also a shuttle that can pick up and drop off residents at the facility — this includes other places throughout the Mary's Woods campus as well.
Other occupied spaces include eight Mary's Woods corporate offices and a training center that has a classroom training area for caregivers, medical technicians, first-aid, among other positions, that's also open to the public when Mary's Woods staff isn't occupying it.
"If someone wanted to have a meeting up there or perhaps they were doing a half-day seminar and they wanted a half dozen or a dozen team members to attend, it could all be put up on the screen and you could do your own thing," said Hood, adding that next door there is a room with two beds that can be used for clinical training on campus.
One of the buildings is designed for community gathering events and Mary's Woods fitness and wellness center is at the bottom floor of the third building, which also includes a yoga studio, sauna, locker rooms and juice bar. Above the fitness center is Providence Medical Group, which will officially open its doors March 3. Staff is currently working on outfitting the building with pre-opening requirements.
For those who use Providence and do not live in the retirement community, Hood said if someone was undergoing physical therapy, for example, they could receive a temporary membership to the fitness center down below.
"We really wanted to have that synergy between the Providence group and Mary's Woods in our fitness center," she said.
The next business to open in March is Ovation Coffee & Tea.
"They are an awesome organization," Hood said. "It is a Moraccan family and they serve Moraccan coffees, lattes and homemade pastries and sandwiches and breads."
There are currently two open spaces left in the retail buildings. In one space, Hood said Mary's Woods is close to signing a lease with a business that centers around fitness and wellness. Members of the public, including a naturopath, a medical equipment supplier and another fitness and wellness person, have expressed interest in the second space.
"We feel the naturopath would be a really great fit for us but again we'll see how that goes and then that would fill that building," Hood said. "Staying well and living well as long as you can may become even more important than living longer. 'How long can I live well' may be more critical to future generations and certainly current generations so that was sort of the design by who we picked and how we picked who's actually up there as a tenant."
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