By Tamara Anne Fowler | CNA Media Team
In just one building at the corner of 30th Avenue and Emerson Street, you’ll find options for the body and the mind.
Chiropractor Thomas Grace and wife and childhood friend Rachel fell in love with the space at the corner of 30th and Emerson. They immediately felt at home.
“The idea of having a neighborhood clinic was definitely appealing to us both,” Rachel said.
“We decided to create a larger clinic to create a wellness center for patients to receive overall care ranging from chiropractic to acupuncture, massage and physical therapy. We have hopes to incorporate a naturopath as well.”
The other side of the building possesses a large courtyard that the Graces believed would be a perfect community spot for the neighborhood.
“We decided to create a cafe space with an open floor plan and a large garage door that allows for indoor-outdoor flow. We look forward to having art shows and hosting live music in the future,” Rachel remarked.
“We are serving delicious coffee and espresso drinks as well as local teas.” Pastries come from local bakeries. “We try to have something for everyone, including vegan and gluten-free options.”
Highlighting some of the history of the building, they brought in a large piece of art from outside the building and displayed it prominently on the main wall of the cafe.
When tearing down the previous walls in the space, they came across some old photo slides, which they assume were of previous residents in the building. Paintings were made from these photos and hung on the walls.
Full City Rooster roasts beans in a Loring roaster, which is the most environmentally-efficient, sustainable roaster available on the market today.
The name of the coffee/tea branch of the business came from Full City being a medium roast of coffee and the rooster a symbol of morning.
The other branch of the business, Natural Pain Solutions, began operations 16 years ago. Thomas started work there in 2016, bought it in 2017 and operated the southwest Portland clinic until the building burned down. He and Rachel re-opened the clinic in Concordia in August.
Sister business Full City Rooster opened in October.
“We love this neighborhood. We felt a sense of community immediately,” Rachel reported.
“We have hopes of living in the building, and that may still be a possibility in the future.”
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