Moving a business to a community to establish roots and grow is one thing, but branching out after already setting roots down is another. Valparaiso is a great source for both types of growth as evidenced by the number of businesses both setting up shop and expanding in the community.
Mark Yaroszk, site manager of Buynak Clinical Research in Valparaiso, explains why his business chose to expand. “We are a doctor’s office and we do clinical research studies for medications. We have several studies that go on simultaneously, five to ten we are enrolling for at all times. We work with different types of medications and patients, maybe for a diabetes medicine or back medicine or blood pressure medicine. We find people who qualify for the study, they come in, start taking the medicine, and come back so we can monitor their progress and hopefully patients will find treatment that is more effective for them than medications that are currently on the market. We are the only people in Northwest doing research studies to this extent. This is our full-time work.”
“We were located in the downtown of Valparaiso in the Centier Bank building since 2005 and we outgrew our space. We decided to build our own office, on Lincolnway near Valparaiso University in one of the brick buildings they just built. We built the office just how we wanted it for research purposes and we added treatment rooms and space. We chose to stay in Valparaiso because it is a great community and is a good central location in Northwest Indiana. This is important to us because we can pull in patients from Lake and LaPorte counties in addition to Porter County,” Yaroszk says.
For Caribbean Pools, choosing to expand their business into the Valparaiso was a way to reach their customers. John Bartolomeo explains, “We’ve been in business for 37 years and Valparaiso is our third location. We wanted to expand further east than our home office which is located in Schererville. We can now better serve our clientele in the Valparaiso area. We have always built a lot of pools in Northwest Indiana and this provides better service for this area. We are full service swimming pool company and we install in-ground pools, maintain pools, open and close pools and renovate pools. We have opened a retail store here so people can purchase pool chemicals, get the pool water tested, buy pool toys, and we have hot tubs. We are open year round and we typically build between 110 and 120 new in-ground pools each year.”
Gil Terlicher, owner of Gil Drugs, says his business also chose to expand in Valparaiso by adding another location dedicated to their Isabella Boutique. Terlicher says, “Our store started in 1955 as a retail pharmacy and about 10 or 15 years later, my mother decided to go into the area of support hose and prosthetics, for women who have undergone mastectomies and other procedures. We just had a small fitting room in our store which is named after my mom, Isabella, who died about 30 years ago so we keep her memory alive.”
“The business has really grown since then. We currently have the boutique in an office space on the second level of our store but you have to take an elevator up and it’s a little difficult to get there. People didn’t know it was there. We had the opportunity to move a few storefronts down and we are putting up a new canopy and sign,” he says.
Isabella Boutique will expand their existing lines as they are one of the only places in the entire region to offer their products and services. Chris Hall, Kayla Reedy, and Tammy Hollis are certified fitters. Reedy says, “We will have a line of nursing bras, as well as lingerie, sports bras, bras sized up to I or M cups, post-mastectomy garments, lymphedema and compression garments, Chemokinis, turbans, all in a full-stocked boutique style store. We will have swim suits that are hard to find for large chested women and bras. We are introducing compression garments as a healthy option, but also it can be a fashionable boutique item as well so people can look and feel good at the same time. The medical side of our business is very important for a lot of people who are oddly shaped or their condition worsens, and we will fit full-time custom compression and bra fittings for post-mastectomy.”
Hall says that the expansion gives them the opportunity to reach more people. “We have outgrown our space and we are finding more people who need our service. There are fewer places out there for mastectomy products and we bill insurance for our mastectomy items. We are contracted with Anthem & Blue Cross Shield, Medicare, and Medicaid. This is the only place like this in the area. There are no lingerie shops that can properly fit people. We’re moving into 2200 square feet of space and we are involved in a lot of outreach programs will help to offer more in-store events,” she says.