City officials joined the owners of the Heartwood Center for Body Mind Spirit at a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon at the holistic healthcare organization’s relocation to its newly refurbished building at 1818 Dempster St. in Evanston.

City officials joined the owners of the Heartwood Center for Body Mind Spirit at a ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon at the holistic healthcare organization’s relocation to its newly refurbished building at 1818 Dempster St. in Evanston.

Mayor Tisdahl and Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste, 2nd Ward, join Heartwood owners Asang and Nancy Floy for the ribbon-cutting.

Alderman Lionel Jean-Baptiste said Heartwood, which is moving from rented space in downtown Evanston “have brought a vision and a level of energy that will serve as a catalyst to invigorate the Dempster-Dodge business district.” 

Heartwood owner Nancy Floy said having their own building was a project eight years in the making and that she’s proud to be part of the neighborhood on the city’s west side.

She thanked the city officials for providing financial help to renovate the building’s facade through the Community Development Block Grant program and praised neighborhood activists including Dickelle Fonda for helping win support for the project.

She said the building at 1818 Dodge, once home to North Shore Uniform Supply, was the third one on the block that they’d try to purchase. And she thanked First Bank & Trust of Evanston for helping with the financing and several local contractors for their work on the building.

Floy said even the city’s inspection and permit officials had been helpful. “We love you,” she said, “and we know you never get recognition.”

Heartwood provides office space for a group of independent holistic healthcare providers including acupuncturists, psychotherapists and massage therapists who provide services to as many as 500 clients a week.

Literature and business cards from some of the center’s providers.

Dozens of neighborhood residents, business owners and other supporters of the center lined the narrow Dempster Street sidewalk for the ribbon-cutting.

The building will also house the Evanston Building Material Resource Center founded by Lou Dickson, who has more than 20 years’ experience as a general contractor including heading up rebuilding of the 1818 Dempster Building.

“Having worked as a general contractor in Evanston for two decades, I am finally fulfilling a long-time vision to open a building material reuse warehouse,” Dickson said.

“With building material construction and demolition accounting for 40 percent of the material going into landfills, it is essential to reuse as many building materials as we can,” she added.

Ms. Dickson will be providing workforce training for youth and ex-offenders in deconstruction and conducting classes to help local residents learn skills to improve their homes.

A celebration of the new location and holiday open house will be held on Monday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the center. Musicians from Evanston Township High School will perform and local caterers will provide food and drinks for the event.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Neighbors welcome Heartwood

    The vibrant neighborhoods that the Heartwood Center has moved into welcome this highly respected center of healing and wellness to our community. 

        Where there was once a uniform store which covered its windows at night with bars and locked gates-  projecting fear and secrecy-  we now have a business that projects receptivity, openness, generativity and much heart!!!!

     The Heartwood Center is a jewel for the entire Evanston and NorthShore Communities.  Just walk into their waiting area and you will feel the serenity and healing that this center is all about!!!!

  2. Heartwood is a Community Partner

    We’re so glad to have Heartwood move in to our community.  In recent months they, as well as Sir Speedy that bought a storefront a few doors down, have done extensive work to their façade that has beautified our neighborhood.  Hopefully this is an early indicator that things are turning around in an area that sometimes seems overlooked.  I had the pleasure of meeting Nancy Floy at our block party this summer and know they will be good friends, neighbors, and community partners for years to come.

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