Jennifer Dennis knew she wanted to do something more meaningful in her life than be a UPS supervisor in Ottumwa, Iowa.
Dennis, 35, had already earned a bachelor's degree from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa while working her UPS job.
She'd even double majored in psychology and business entrepreneurship.
SHARON BOPP The Marietta Times
Dr. Jennifer Dennis, chiropractic physician, stands in front of her business, Back2Back Chiropractic & Wellness Center located at 102 S. Second St., the former site of Natural Remedies Spa.
SHARON BOPP The Marietta Times
Donald Powell, sales manager at The Showroom at Marietta, 172 Front St., arranges some of the windows and doors available there Wednesday.
But something was missing-until she became a chiropractic physician and opened Back2Back Chiropractic & Wellness Center in downtown Marietta the third week of July.
The business is one of several new places to open their doors recently in the city.
"I wanted to help people, to do something hands-on and help people heal," Dennis said. "(Chiropractic medicine) is where I found my passion."
What: Back2 Back Chiropractic & Wellness Center.
Location: 102 S. Second St.
Hours: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Contact: 304-777-7762, 568-9000 or at back2backchiro.net.
What: The Showroom at Marietta, a Malta window and door company.
Location: 172 Front St.
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and other times by appointment.
Contact: 376-0719 or windoorllc.com.
Moving from her hometown of Ottumwa to the big city of Davenport, Iowa, Dennis attended Palmer College of Chiropractic where she graduated in 2010.
Dennis then took her degree and her passion to Parkersburg to be with friends.
At Back2Back Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 102 Second St., Marietta, Dennis specializes in techniques including flexion distraction, a treatment for low back pain, bulging discs and sciatica.
Dennis uses a "low, gentle force technique," she said.
Dennis' offices at Back2Back have been redecorated to create a soothing spa-like retreat.
"I wanted the atmosphere to be calming for patients," Dennis said.
The offices will hold an open house sometime in October.
Doors and Windows
The Showroom at Marietta, a Malta window and door store at 172 Front St. Marietta, opened in July 2012.
"We think Marietta is a crossroads' point," said Donald Powell, sales manager. "It opens up the whole of southern Ohio and West Virginia areas."
Marietta is also an historic town that offers good business prospects for the new business, he said.
"Marietta has older homes and historic buildings where wood windows are needed," said Powell. "When it's time to replace windows and doors, (many in Marietta) go back to wood items."
Malta offers quality, solid-wood windows and doors at affordable prices, Powell said.
"People can't afford to go out and spend $1,500 on a window," he said.
The same Malta window could cost $600 to $700, said Powell.
The new windows and doors installed at the armory on Front Street earlier this year were done by The Showroom at Marietta.
"I think a building like that is a national treasure," said Powell. "They tell a lot about the history of a city."
The Showroom at Marietta plans to open other showroom locations in Columbus, Lancaster and St. Clairsville. The Columbus location is scheduled to open in spring 2013.