FAIRMONT - Downtown Plaza is getting another business, but it isn't moving far.
Krisma Counseling plans to be open for business at 117 Downtown Plaza on Monday.
"We're excited, very excited," said Kris Shoen, co-owner with her husband, Maurice.
Kris and Maurice Shoen
Krisma has been located at 112 W. First St. for a couple of years, but the Shoens believe they need more elbow room to better serve their clients.
Both Shoens have master's degrees in social work or counseling. They have years of experience in those fields, as well as in foster care over their 43-year marriage. In 2011, they began Krisma, which handles all ages and a wide range of counseling needs.
"Families, individuals, mindfulness, anger, grief, couples, in-home," Kris rattled off.
Krisma is certified in children's therapeutic services and support, and is beginning the certification process for adult rehabilitative mental health services, Maurice said.
With a growing business, the couple felt a new place would give them more options.
"I believe there's 18 of us right now," Maurice said, including himself and Kris in that number.
"The office space we had at 112 W. First St., we had developed five offices there," he said. "We were feeling we didn't have enough room."
Plus they were leasing the building and did not believe they would be able to remodel it.
Then Kris heard the old Anchor Uniform Company building was available.
"It's still handy for clients," Maurice said. "Not that far from Human Services. Good location."
They asked about the building in the middle of June, and agreed to purchase it on June 25.
"We started tearing out stuff on the 28th of June, and signed the purchase agreement on the first of July," Maurice said.
The old uniform shop had a big open area in the front, but that didn't work for what the Shoens needed.
Friends and family helped with the renovations, with Maurice doing a good deal of work himself.
When they get finished, the new location will have seven offices, two big group rooms, a waiting/reception area and two bathrooms, Maurice said.
It's also more accessible to disabled people, with no steps and 55-inch hallways, handicap-accessible bathrooms, and a new door that will open with a button.
With more room, the Shoens hope to reach more people.
"We're seeing a lot more issues with the economy," Kris said. "More anger management, more grief - a hard economy, a hard time."