Zi Zai Dermatology’s Brand New Clinic

After several months of hammering out a lease plus 3 more months of renovations, Zi Zai Dermatology is finally settled in our new location.  The new space has room enough for a relaxing patient clinic as well as a shoppe for customers to sample our natural skin care products. We moved into a retail space on the west side of Fort Collins that is 3 times the size of our old clinic.  The space had sat empty for several years.  In its previous life, it was a tanning salon in desperate need of an upgrade.  It needed quite the transformation.   If you follow us on Pinterest, you know the sense of place I was aiming for with the new clinic.  I wanted it to feel like Old World apothecary meets Chinese Medicine meets Harry Potter in the Wild West…sort of.  I wanted one word to come to mind when you walked through the door:  Enchanted.  To accomplish this on a relatively small budget was no easy feat.  I spent countless hours making decisions, wandering local stores and searching innumerable online shops for just the right colors, fabrics, decor, furniture and fine details to make the space feel just right. Then of course all the dirty work to help the contractors finish renovations, to pack up the old clinic and to unpack in our new home.  It was a lot of effort to make it all come together.  It is worth it. Here are some photos of the journey…enjoy!

The original interior: butter yellow and periwinkle blue. Yuck. Good thing I could see past it.

The original interior: butter yellow and periwinkle blue. Yuck. Good thing I could see past it.




Those windows were so important to me. Industrial windows like this were in many of the images on my Pinterest vision board for my dream clinic.

Those windows were so important to me. Industrial windows like this were in many of the images on my Pinterest vision board for my dream clinic.




The contractor came up with the brilliant idea to hack down that useless front wall and transform it into a reception counter.

The contractor came up with the brilliant idea to hack down that useless front wall and transform it into a reception counter.




Demolition was messy.

Demolition was messy.




New drywall reshaped what would become the reception area and pharmacy.

New drywall reshaped what would become the reception area and pharmacy.




I bought plain pine board doors from a salvage place called Uncle Benny's. I stained them to look aged.

I bought plain pine board doors from a salvage place called Uncle Benny’s. I stained them to look aged.




Sam supervising some of my handiwork.

Sam supervising some of my handiwork.




Decisions, decisions. I was really particular about coordinating the different aspects of the decor.

Decisions, decisions. I was really particular about coordinating the different aspects of the decor.




making progress. The ceiling and lighting are up.

Making progress. The ceiling and lighting are up.




I spent so many late nights trying to get things ready in time for our move. Painting these massive shelves for the pharmacy took a long time.

I spent so many late nights trying to get things ready in time for our move. Painting these massive shelves for the pharmacy took a long time.




Now I started getting excited. The pharmacy was taking shape.

Now I started getting excited. The pharmacy was taking shape.




Packing up the old clinic. Thank goodness I hired help.

Packing up the old clinic. Thank goodness I hired help. I highly recommend Billy Goat Moving Co. if you are in the northern Colorado region, by the way.




Renovations were not yet complete when we moved in. We couldn't unpack for days. Every room in the new clinic was stacked with our stuff while renovations continued around it all.

Renovations were not yet complete when we moved in. We couldn’t unpack for days. Every room in the new clinic was stacked with our stuff while renovations continued around it all.




Eventually we were able to clean, unpack and put things in their proper place.

Eventually we were able to clean, unpack and put things in their proper place.




Our pharmacy. Sometimes you'll catch me just gazing at it with appreciation.

Our pharmacy. Sometimes you’ll catch me just gazing at it with appreciation.




Those pine doors turned out great. This set leads to the lab from the pharmacy.

Those pine doors turned out great. This set leads to the lab from the pharmacy.




The patient waiting area.

The patient waiting area.




Reception area with a view of the pharmacy.

Reception area with a view of the pharmacy.




A small section of the shoppe. Customers can now browse our products and sample all of them. I am delighted with this expansion of the business.

A small section of the shoppe. Customers can now browse our products and sample all of them. I am delighted with this expansion of the business.




The shoppe decorated for the holidays. So festive!

The shoppe decorated for the holidays. So festive!




We have a break room. Now even a 20-minute lunch break feels like a bit of a respite. A great perk that I've never had before.

We have a break room. Now even a 20-minute lunch break feels like a bit of a respite. A great perk that I’ve never had before.




I am in love with our bathroom faucet. Is that weird?

I am in love with our bathroom faucet. Is that weird?




The devil is in the details. The brass Chinese hardware transformed these Home Depot cabinets into exactly what I was aiming for.

The devil is in the details. The brass Chinese hardware transformed these Home Depot cabinets into exactly what I was aiming for.




The view of our cozy clinic & shoppe from outside. We still need to get signage.

The view of our cozy clinic & shoppe from outside. We still need to get signage.




Before and after of the reception area. What a difference, right??

Before and after of the reception area. What a difference, right??




Before and after of the front of the shoppe. I love coming to work each day. It feels so good just to be here.

Before and after of the front of the shoppe. I love coming to work each day. It feels so good just to be here.



Tags: apothecary, Chinese Medicine Clinic, herbal apothecary, herbal pharmacy, pharmacy, renovations, TCM Clinic

Topics: Business, Miscellaneous, News & Events

Publish Date: December 12, 2016     *Articles may include updates since original publishing.

About the Author ()

Diana Hermann is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Master Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in China at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Diana treats patients in her Fort Collins, Colorado clinic and hand crafts herbal skin care products for her company Zi Zai Dermatology. In 2015, she completed the Diploma In Chinese Medicine Dermatology program from Avicenna in London, UK.

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