By Leeann Akers - Editor
Aug. 7, 2013 — Massage therapist Tabatha Reed is holding her grand opening for Healthy Alternatives today. Although not quite ready for its grand opening, 3rd Street Coffee also is serving up some specials this week.
Reed’s business, which offers detoxification treatments, massages, and holistic medicine and vitamins, relocated recently from Ashland.
“I wanted to come back to Grayson to be with my people here,” Reed said. “Some of my customers followed me but I missed being here.”
New to Healthy Alternatives are bulk foods.
“We will offer gluten-free food, chocolate- covered almonds and coffee beans, healthy flour, and things like that,” Reed said. “Before we only really had supplements and herbs.”
Reed also has a full line of essential oils.
“People don’t know that there is somewhere right here in Grayson to get these kind of things,” Reed said. “People don’t have to drive all the way to Huntington or Lexington anymore.”
With a focus on wellness, education and balance, Reed has something to offer everyone.
“I am not a medical doctor but I do work on some medical issues,” Reed said. “There are ways to balance the body that will help with lots of issues such as pain, depression, vitamin deficiencies, and wellness education.”
In the future, Reed wants to teach healthy living classes and educate the community on healthy living.
Healthy Alternative is open Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They offer massages by appointment. For more information call 475-0601.
Right next door, 3rd Street Coffee offers a good cup of coffee and acts as a ministry.
Owner Nikki Lewis has been dreaming about opening a coffee shop for 11 years.
“People open up around coffee cups,” Lewis said. “I bought the equipment from a closed shop for $10,000 and I thought I would never pay it off. Just recently we were in a place where it seemed like a good idea to open and I was able to do everything out of pocket.”
Lewis, a Carter County native, moved back to the area after several years away.
She wanted to put down roots and spend more time with family.
“There are a lot of things that I believe that Grayson can use,” Lewis said. “I want to help reach the youth and college-age people and show them that there are positive things here.”
3rd Street Coffee currently has a limited summer menu, which includes organic coffee and teas, steamers for the kids, frappe and Italian soda.
Business hours and the menu will expand in September and will include breakfast items, pastries, soups and sandwiches.
The shop serves coffee from Just Love Coffee Roasters of Murfreesboro, Tenn. The roaster is a free trade organization that gets organic beans from the farm to your cup in about a week.
“The coffee is so fresh, you can taste all the subtle nuances of the flavor that get lost in coffee that sits on the shelf,” Lewis said.
The coffee is fresh and for some, free. Lewis, as part of her ministry idea, has a pay-it-forward campaign.
“People can buy a cup for someone else, like a single mom going back to college, or a homeless man,” Lewis said. “They may never know who the cup goes to, but they will know that they have helped someone feel loved and appreciated, which is what this is all about.”
3rd Street Coffee is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The shop will offer free Wi-Fi for customers and extended hours in the fall.
For more information, call (606) 831-5749.
Leeann Akers can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 474-5101.