On a sweltering Tuesday afternoon, Dr. John Cavallo was sanding the treads of a staircase going to the second floor and Ashley Cavallo was painting.
The couple was working to get their new chiropractic and wellness center ready for an open house later this month.
When Dr. Cavallo opens the center at the former Green Tree Inn, it will be his second office. He has had a practice in New Holland since 2012.
In early May, he got permission from Bart Township's zoning hearing board to turn the former restaurant and bar into his second office. Work began immediately.
"We settled on the property in May and tore the old bar out that weekend," Mrs. Cavallo said.
The practice will use much of the downstairs, including the former dining room and bar, as treatment areas and an exam room. The practice will also use two rooms upstairs.
They hired contractors to put up walls where they would be needed but they are doing much of the finish work themselves.
"We stripped the fireplaces back to the original brick and we also took the mantles back to the wood. We're trying to make it as old school as possible but pretty," she said.
The inn had been a tavern, hotel or restaurant since before the Revolutionary War. Its original liquor license was issued by England's King George III in 1765.
Dr. Cavallo had been looking for a second site for his practice for a year and a half when he discovered the inn, operated most recently as Pour Girls restaurant, was for sale.
The second location has allowed the practice to add several employees.
"We will probably bring in more as we grow," Mrs. Cavallo said.
Dr. Cavallo, a 1994 graduate of Cleveland Chiropractic College, is the lead practitioner and the second generation of his family to become a chiropractor. Ashley Cavallo is the practice manager. The practice has two other doctors as well as therapists and people training in nutrition.
"All three [doctors] will come here on a rotating basis," Mrs. Cavallo said.
The practice will offer chiropractic treatment and adjustment, physical therapy, massage therapy, and nutritional supplements and homeopathic treatments.
"We want it to be a place where people don't come just for pain, but come to learn ways to keep healthy naturally," Mrs. Cavallo said.
The practice's open house at 11 Green Tree Rd. will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 17.
The new clinic will open for patients the following week.