ECHO Wellness Center
Address: 5203 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch
Less than a mile separates the old and new locations of ECHO Wellness Center.
Lisa Morris, who has owned and operated the center for the past 3½ years, didn’t even know about the new building’s existence until recently.
The old location sat next to Liberty Candy Co. along the downtown strip of Flowery Branch. ECHO’s new home is 5203 Atlanta Highway, just across the railroad tracks.
The building got a makeover from Beltan Properties, which sits next door to the new location. Owner and president Matt Bell oversaw the renovations, which took about four months.
Beltan Properties office manager Jill Tompkins said the building used to be a gas station at one time and also served as a women’s boutique called Sweet Peas.
Before becoming ECHO, the building had been in disrepair for years.
“We gutted the whole thing,” Tompkins said.
They knocked down walls, while still trying to keep it looking as era-specific as possible to retain its rustic feel. The exterior and interiors were painted.
The new building gives Morris a view of downtown, but also provides better visibility.
Travelers along Atlanta Highway stop by the shop now much more frequently than they did before.
“My whole world was on the other side of the tracks,” Morris said.
She said the business moved because it didn’t own the building and the landlord had other plans for the space. The owners had until February to move, but got out well before then and opened the new location in December.
When the new building became open, Morris said she “had to jump on it” before it got filled. She said the original plan for the building was individual offices, but she needed all the space for her business.
The new building has a bit less space, but serves ECHO’s needs with four massage rooms, a lobby and a kitchen.
When customers come in, they comment on how it’s decorated and how nice the new location is, she said.
Some people especially appreciate that they don’t get stuck because of the train when they want to visit.
“It’s not an ordinary massage place. They focus on your well-being before anything else,” customer Anna Allen said.
Allen, a Flowery Branch resident who co-owned Sweet Peas, said the entrance was inviting and that she felt calm as soon as she walked in.
“One visit and you will be hooked,” she said. “I felt like they cared about me and my issues. They were not just there to make their money.”
Services offered by the center include help with back pain, knee injuries, rotator cuff injuries and rehabilitation, carpal tunnel syndrome and migraines.
Morris said she hired two new people to help out in the new location: a cranial therapist and a massage therapist.
Gail Tomlinson is a holistic nutritionist at ECHO.
“I absolutely love them all, and each therapist brings their own unique talent to the group,” she said about her co-workers. “Everyone is so kind and thoughtful and truly wants to help their clients feel the best they can with better mobility.”