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A few weeks ago, the Husband and I went out to lunch to celebrate a business milestone.  After one year of being open in Charlotte, the Holistic Wellness Center is successful enough that we can now justify moving into larger, more permanent office space!  I’m so proud of the Hus.  He’s worked so hard.


Choosing a new office location is not easy, of course.  There’s many things to consider – layout, location, looks.  Ambiance is very important. 


We looked at some beautiful office spaces today… and a few that need a little work.

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Seriously – in what decade was pink and gray carpet a good idea?


We also looked at totally empty shells.  In commercial real estate (and especially in this market), you can sometimes get the landlord to ‘build out’ empty spaces to your exact specifications for free – or for very little cost. 


I really struggled with the shells.  It’s so hard for me to visualize a reception area, storage, two offices, two treatment rooms, and a kitchen in a 1,500 square foot empty box.


One thing I did realize right away – we need WINDOWS!  No basement offices.

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We even found an office space with a vault.  Who shall we stick in the vault?  Me (the secretary)?  The Husband?  My father-in-law?  Certainly not the patients!  Heh.


So far – no clear winner, but we’re heading out later to look at other spaces.  So exciting.  This is MUCH better than house hunting (although, of course, after the failed house hunt from hell, pretty much any business venture is more enjoyable!).


After our appointments, we headed Uptown to The King’s Kitchen.  There’s been a ton of buzz about this Southern-inspired restaurant.


Of course, traditional Southern side dishes, while appealing to vegetarians, are usually cooked in pork or chicken stock.  The waiter was kind enough to mark off which dishes were okay for vegetarians.


Started off with the deviled eggs.  The horseradish flavors were so well done.



And my entrée include steamed broccoli and macaroni and cheese, along with a biscuit.



I see why The King’s Kitchen is so popular.  The food was so well prepared with simple, wholesome ingredients (and lots of butter – Southern chef staple).  Everything was fresh and tasty.


Time to hit the streets.  More office space awaits!



  • Marisa E October 3, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Good luck office space hunting!! You look too cute today- love the outfit!!

  • Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs October 3, 2011, 2:46 pm

    How fun!! It’s so cool that you can pretty much do whatever you want for the look and feel of your office. Much nicer than my various textures of grey walls around me right now…

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 3, 2011, 2:48 pm

    Good luck Caitlin. 🙂 Windows are a must! And this is a teeny bit shallow, but patients would appreciate it too–nice, clean bathrooms that aren’t tiny and dark!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition October 3, 2011, 2:51 pm

    I love medical offices that are full of windows. Ones without are so dim, dreary, and depressing!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 3, 2011, 2:53 pm

    Congrats on the growth of the Husband’s business! That’s great! I agree – office windows are essential. My office at work doesn’t have any that look outside – in the winter it’s kind of nice because it helps me forget that it’s freezing outside, but a little natural light would be good!

  • Leanne @ The Skinny Architect October 3, 2011, 2:57 pm

    It is really hard to visualize office spaces and I design them for a living. It’s especially hard when they are dim and smell funny. Luckily when they are finished with them they can look completely different (we just got done building a college in a former grocery store). It’s amazing what you can do with a little drywall and paint!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB October 3, 2011, 2:58 pm

    Lobe the outfit today. Very “sophisticated yet hip.”

  • Tami October 3, 2011, 2:58 pm

    you look smokin’ in that outfit!!! my ART guy has the best office…huge huge windows

  • Peter October 3, 2011, 3:05 pm

    This is too funny for words – the decade was the ’80s, and the house you first lived in was – pink and gray!


  • Kailey (SnackFace) October 3, 2011, 3:06 pm

    Congrats on the business success! That office on the left is stunning! DO IT. Lol

    Also, I need to make biscuits now. Thanks for that!

  • lauren October 3, 2011, 3:09 pm

    That’s such a great, simple outfit! I have been looking for a skirt like that and it’s harder to find a simple black skirt than I would have guessed. Do you remember where you got it?
    The empty shell sounds ideal if you can find a space with windows. That would be such a great opportunity to make the space your own. You guys are hip and your business should reflect that.

  • Chelsea October 3, 2011, 3:14 pm

    Awh good luck finding an office! That has to be so exciting 🙂 Way to go you guys!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 3, 2011, 3:29 pm

    Totally know what you mean about having a hard time visualizing set-ups in a totally blank space. My family recently bought a condo near our relatives, and while it’s a great space, it’s all white & empty. Sure, it’s an opportunity to get creative, but there’s just SO much we could do with it…too many options! I still have yet to figure out how I want to paint/decorate my bedroom. Uggg!

  • katie @ KatieDid October 3, 2011, 3:43 pm

    Congratulations, that is huge! Will it affect your current client base by moving locations? Or will it only help you grow bigger?
    That first location is so gorgeous, I could see a holistic medicine office being there.

  • erica October 3, 2011, 3:49 pm

    good luck with the search! how cool would it be to get accupuncture in a vault!? lol. my husband told me of a bar he went to in an old bank building that held private parties in the vault area.

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 3, 2011, 4:08 pm

    I did the office space hunt for a remote office for my company a few years ago and loved it! I thought it was way cooler than house hunting b/c you don’t need everything to be as perfect as house hunting. 🙂

  • Jessica October 3, 2011, 4:15 pm

    Do you know the story behind King’s Kitchen? Not only is it great food (because it’s owned by Jim Noble – duh 🙂 ) but its whole purpose is to provide training and employment to those in need (recently homeless, sometimes former prisoners, etc) – and even better, 100% of the profits are used to feed the hungry. Just thought you would want to know if you didn’t already, and share with your local readers in case they weren’t aware. I just think it is such an awesome concept – I’ve been wanting to try it, but never remember it when I go out. Thanks for the reminder! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 3, 2011, 4:15 pm

    I have the hardest time visualizing! That’s why I always let Tony look at things like that first. Since he’s an artist with a STRONG sense for design, he always gets me going with ideas! Love the red shoes! Super cute!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 3, 2011, 4:20 pm

    i am a terrible visualizer. once i am shown a concept i can say yay or nay, but i do not have the creative mind to conceptualize from scratch.

    very exciting about the new office space, though!!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2011, 4:28 pm

    I’m told pink decor is from the 80’s. So tragic.
    Thankfully we finally got rid of the last pink carpet in our house recently.

    I’d go with the vault option. The possibilities are endless. 🙂 You could also open a bank on the side. heh

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl October 3, 2011, 4:37 pm

    Congrats! What an achievement, you must be such a proud wifey 🙂

  • Stacey October 3, 2011, 4:48 pm

    Aw, boo 🙁 Every time I’m at work and am walking the dog around the block (East Blvd.), I see your husbands office! And I’m like “Hey, that’s HTP office” lol. Oh well! It’ll be exciting to move into a bigger space, yay! Is that first spot in the South Park shopping center? when I went into Diamonds Direct, it seems like the lobby looked exactly the one in the pic! That place is really nice, and in a great area too 🙂

  • Lisa October 3, 2011, 4:51 pm

    best of luck with the office hunting! I am so very glad to hear that the business is doing well!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 3, 2011, 4:51 pm

    That’s fun! I never thought of office hunting before..but you definitely want somewhere that would be an enjoyable place to work.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 3, 2011, 5:06 pm

    CONGRATS on reaching such a great milestone/landmark! That is SUPER exciting. BEst of luck, girl 🙂

  • Camilla October 3, 2011, 5:37 pm

    you look so gorgeous in that pic! well, you are gorgeous! 🙂 good luck with office hunting!

    • Caitlin October 4, 2011, 1:57 pm

      Thank you Camilla! 🙂

  • Christena October 3, 2011, 6:07 pm

    You are too hard on yourself re: fashion. I have read before where you think you can’t put a fashionable outfit together or you want to learn more about fashion. Your outfit looks great and the shoes are fantastic! I *love* red pumps and they really complete this look.

    • Caitlin October 4, 2011, 1:57 pm

      Thanks 🙂 I’m making an effort!

  • Amanda @ The Beauty Notebooks October 3, 2011, 6:09 pm

    This is so exciting! Enjoy the process!

  • Molly @ RDexposed October 3, 2011, 6:19 pm

    We still have some green and pink color mixes left at my hospital. The early 90s need to take all of this nonsense back.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 3, 2011, 6:28 pm

    Hope you guys find something that’s perfect. Without pink and gray carpet or wood paneling 🙂

  • Jill October 3, 2011, 6:41 pm

    Good luck with the office hunting! That does seem like fun! If you end up with a “shell” and need a contractor, my husband is a superintendent for a commercial builder here in Charlotte if you need any assistance.

    • Caitlin October 4, 2011, 1:58 pm

      Oh thanks Jill. I will definitely reach out!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 3, 2011, 7:31 pm

    Congrats to your husband on his business! I have a lot of trouble visualizing too. I’d much rather have the perfect office space pop up right in front of me! 😀

  • Heather October 3, 2011, 7:57 pm

    Love your outfit – you look beautiful 🙂

    • Caitlin October 4, 2011, 1:58 pm

      Thanks Heather 🙂 Im trying to be more fashionable!

  • Lauren @ LaDolcePita October 3, 2011, 8:01 pm

    You guys always hit up interesting restaurants! Those biscuits look fantastic. Anyway congrats to your husband on the success of his business!

  • Sana October 3, 2011, 8:20 pm

    I am so proud of you and your husband. Windows are a MUST!

  • thatShortChick October 3, 2011, 8:31 pm

    good luck with office space hunt! (I’m not sure if you need one, but I know of a great commercial real estate agent in charlotte) also the food at king’s kitchen is great but I find that the portions are so small!

  • Emily October 3, 2011, 8:39 pm

    I LOVE the King’s Kitchen!!! Did you know they give profits to charity??

    • Caitlin October 4, 2011, 1:58 pm

      That is awesome – I am so thrilled!

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats October 3, 2011, 9:42 pm

    SUPER cute shoes! I love the pop of red. And now I really want deviled eggs. One reason why I could never be a vegan. I love them so much.

  • Elisabeth October 4, 2011, 12:15 am

    Congratulations to your husband for his success! (and of course to you for all the support/secretary work 😉 you’ve given to make that happen) 🙂

  • Amanda October 4, 2011, 3:33 am

    Is is bad that when I read ‘office space’ I thought of the movie? “Excuse me sir you seem to have my stapler”

    • Caitlin October 4, 2011, 1:59 pm

      Such a great movie.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 4, 2011, 4:08 am

    I love your outfit today! 🙂 That’s grat news about the clinic being that successful – Good luck with the office hunt!

  • Amy @loveAmyx October 4, 2011, 8:10 am

    Awesome on the office front!!

    You probably know this but just incase, take a tape measure and a roll of tape with you when you view empty shells, like electrical tape or masking tape, then you can plot out rooms – much easier to envisage! xx

    • Caitlin October 4, 2011, 2:00 pm

      That is a wonderful idea, Amy! Thank you for the suggestion.

  • CJ @ October 4, 2011, 9:03 am

    your taste buds must be similar to mine because peanut toffee buzz is my second favorite clif bar flavor! do you ever eat Mojo bars? oh my gosh I just discovred the smores variety and it is amazing!!!!
    good luck with your office space hunting!

  • Kelly October 4, 2011, 9:49 am

    Mac n Cheese, broccoli and a roll was what I had for dinner two nights ago…it was perfect for this Southern (Texas) girl!

  • Amber K October 4, 2011, 12:59 pm

    I would have a hard time visualizing how everything will work out in an empty shell too. But, it does sound like fun to explore the various spaces. And CONGRATS to the Husband for all of his well-earned success 🙂

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