Monday, December 12, 2022

The Bar... and the Backstory of Flucke and Associates


Last Thursday the office crew and I went out for our annual Christmas shindig.  Most of you know our current location (shown in the picture above).  We've been in that office for 15 years!  However, what a lot of you don't know is that for the 18 previous years before the new office, I worked out of 1400 sq ft space in a strip mall not far from our current location.

When I moved out of the old strip mall space, it was vacant for quite a while.  Then... of all things a small watering hole called, appropriately, The Bar, opened up in the old dental office.  In the years that followed, I had been in there one time for a cold one with a few of the staff that had worked there with me.

Since I'm about to turn the reins over to Dr. Brunker at the end of the month, I thought it would be fun it I took all of the current staff to The Bar as a kind of farewell to my practice ownership.  We went out and had a great lunch and then headed over for the final adult beverage only to find... The Bar had closed the week before!

Since we couldn't actually go inside the old office, a passerby was nice enough to snap this photo of all of us in front of the old place.  I was a bit bummed, I must confess.  I thought it would be a good time for one last beer.  The sign in the window replaced my neon  "Dentist" sign with the giant neon tooth on it.  I had to leave that sign behind when I moved.

It's kind of funny to see all of us in front of that window.  We would have had a tough time fitting all of us in the place if I hadn't moved 15 years ago.  So it's not only the end of my practice ownership... it turned out it's also the end of The Bar... which is a sad event as I hate to see any small business close.

The good news is Advanced Dental Associates will be around for generations to come.  Sometimes when something ends, even better things are just beginning.

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