LAKE WYLIE -- Not all of its tenants are in just yet, but Lake Wylie Professional Center is open for business.
The two story, 16,000-square-foot business center within Shoppes at the Landing held a ribbon cutting last week, welcoming the first five businesses to what builder Doug McSpadden calls upscale office space at the heart of Lake Wylie.
"We did our homework ahead of time and found the need for something a little more upscale," he said.
McSpadden's business, McSpadden Custom Homes, was the first group to move in from its former home in Gaston County. Joining the company are Glaza Chiropractic, Bordeaux & Bordeaux CPAs, Lake Wylie Eye and Focus Physical Therapy and Fitness.
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"This is just awesome," said Dr. Al Glaza, in his new office about a week. "People come in and say it must be upscale hour. It's hard to believe there's something like this in Lake Wylie."
Glaza's space is 50 percent larger than his previous location within the Bi-Lo shopping center. His office offers a second floor view without steps from the front entrance, which is important in his line of work. Plus, the views help patients and staff relax, he said.
"For 20 years I sat in a four-walled room," Glaza said. "Every room (here) has a window."
Bordeaux & Bordeaux also brings a move from Heritage Park in Lake Wylie. Chad Bordeaux, co-owner with wife Donna, said the professional center exceeds the expectations he had in a two-year moving process.
"We love it," he said. "The job Doug did far exceeded any expectations we possibly could have had."
The doubled size with a conference room could lead to seminars or other options, Donna Bordeaux said.
"We definitely have a lot more space," Donna Bordeaux said. "We're better off from a visibility standpoint."
The new business to the area already open within the professional center is Focus Physical Therapy and Fitness. Richard and Lori Biggers, coming from San Diego, now live within The Palisades.
"We're a new business in this area," Richard Biggers said. "We wanted something closer to home."
The business, which focuses on physical therapy and "medically-oriented fitness," hopes to find a niche in the area offering everything from sports or work-related injury rehabilitation, conditioning programs and chronic pain relief to personal training, medical massage and weight loss coaching.
"We researched this area, and it seems to be growing," said Lori Biggers.
The final signed on business, Lake Wylie Eye, should open by mid-July. Drs. Nima Mazhari and Monie Clifton have been in the area two years.
"We live two miles up the road," Mazhari said. "It's an under served area in eye care."
Business owners say the new center accomplishes its goal to provide an upscale professional work space in Lake Wylie.
"We need to portray Lake Wylie as an up and coming community," Glaza said.
As he continues his custom building business, McSpadden is not finished filling out the center. One 2,500-square-foot space and one at 1,700 square feet remain, which could be split into smaller units.
McSpadden also is working on a future Web site named for the address of the building, 548nauticaldrive.com. "It's significantly different from what you can find in other areas of Lake Wylie," McSpadden said.
For more information on Lake Wylie Professional Center, call 704-825-7324 or visit mcspaddenhomes.com.