By Larry Floersch
In a letter sent to patients on November 9, Shippee Family Eye Care (formerly Montpelier Eye Care) announced it will move from its current Montpelier location at 15 East State Street to three storefronts at 114 Main Street, next to NECI on Main.
According to the letter, the practice has outgrown its space on East State Street, and the move will allow it to expand and improve its services to patients. This will include having more examination rooms, the hiring of an additional physician and staff, and the installation of advanced diagnostic equipment. This should result in more examination openings and therefore less wait time in scheduling care.
The clinic has been in its current location for close to 20 years. Dr. Karena Shippee and Dr. Sam Shippee took over the practice in 2004 from Dr. James Begun, who started Montpelier Eye Care more than 25 years ago.
The move will provide increased parking for patients—12 spaces compared with two spaces at the current location.
Three businesses currently occupy the space that will be taken over by Shippee Eye Care: Vy Vy Nail Salon, Petals and Things, and Yarn. Petals and Things has already vacated its space. Vy Vy Nail Salon will be moving near the corner of Elm and School streets, across from the Uncommon Market. Yarn will be moving to the Village Shopping Center in Waterbury.
The letter acknowledges the sadness that this has caused and wishes those businesses continued success in the future, but states that the move to Main Street will allow Shippee Family Eye Care to continue to care for patients downtown and avoid relocating the practice somewhere outside of the area or outside the city of Montpelier. This they state helps keep health care accessible and is vital in saving time and cost to patients.
According to staff member Angela Payette, it will be the spring of 2019 before the space will be ready and Shippee Family Eye Care can start seeing patients in the new location.