A week before Michigan issued its Stay at Home, Stay Safe mandate, Rachel Jurgenson and her mother and business partner, Sandy Jones, signed a lease with Jeff and Melissa Gunn on the rear storefront of Deck the Halls.
They spent the next few weeks renovating the interior of the storefront at 103 Commercial, and relocated their business from their first location in Dowagiac, which they shared with Bronzed Buns, adjacent to Aaron's. While the start of the pandemic in March 2020 gave them additional time to work on their new setting, their opening the following month certainly helped soothe the anxiety many were feeling during this past year.
Chamber and City officials gathered April 14 to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Sandy & Rachel's Medical Massage Therapy P.C., one of Dowagiac's first businesses to open during Covid.
Sandy and Rachel offer a variety of services including sports therapy, raindrop therapy, and Swedish and deep tissue massage.
"Our passion is to help people," Sandy said. "I love that we're able to do that in Dowagiac and people have been receptive to and supportive of our services. Dowagiac has really welcomed us, much like family."
The business is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is closed Saturday and Sunday.Can you feel it? A new spring. Small changes. Perhaps a bit of light at the end of the tunnel?