For Dr. Blake Tarr, a 10-month odyssey is finally over.
Ten months of noise and construction while attending to patients made Wednesday’s ribbon cutting at Tarr Eye and Vision Center in New Market worthwhile.
“It took a lot of patience, a sense of humor and prayer. Our patients have been great and understanding,” Tarr said. “I had a lot of fun with this.”
Members of Jefferson County government, family, friends and other invited persons attended the ribbon cutting. Tarr had a lot of support at his back, and he was thankful for all of them.
During this process, I have had an amazing team,” said Tarr, who has practiced for 16 years. “Without them, it would not have been possible to stay open for patient care.”
Tarr Eye and Vision Center has been in its current location for nearly 13 years, after spending three at the Jefferson County Medical Center. What was once a three-bedroom house has been completely remodeled and expanded. Rosser Design Studios provided architecture and construction drawing for the project.
Walls were knocked out to give the office more of an open concept. Smooth jazz now greets patients when they enter the clinic.
“The expansion took 10 months – and it was quite the journey. Several years ago, we began the process of drawing up plans to add the additional space, and I am pleased to see those plans become a reality in the medical eye care facility you see today,” Tarr said. “The additional space will allow us to add new technology for the treatment of dry eye and diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, macular degeneration and in-office surgeries.
“It also allowed us to double the size of our optical (products), and provide even more glasses options.”
Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts was also in attendance at the ribbon cutting, and said the remodeling is a sign his county is growing and thriving.
“I think it’s just another example of growth in Jefferson County. Businesses are remodeling and expanding. That’s an indication of growth,” he said. “Houses are built, and new companies are coming. It’s a good indication of how strong the economy is here.”
In addition to thanking his staff, Tarr also thanked his aunt, Judy Gooch, who provided interior design and director for the clinic – as well as his parents.
He also gave thanks to his biggest supporters, who were in attendance.
“Thank you to my wife Sarah, who had our fourth child in the middle of this process,” Tarr said. “Thank you to our patients for your loyalty and grace during the construction process.”
In the end, Tarr is just happy to get back to normalcy.
“We look forward to getting back to what we do best, which is providing excellence in eye care to the people of Jefferson County, and the greater Lakeway area.”