Cindy Gladden, Correspondent
Many have been watching and waiting to see what was happening at what was once Loretta’s Bar in Marthasville. There has been a lot of conjecture to see who would occupy the building.
Gabe and Sherri Bockhorst, of Marthasville, purchased the popular bar and grill building in the spring of 2021 and renovations began.
“We bought the building with the intent to do something,” said Bockhorst. “We want to see these old buildings being taken care of. We see it as saving a part of the community. We also want to draw people from the Augusta and Washington corridor to Marthasville.”
“My family farmed in the Cuivre River Bottom in Moscow Mills,” said Bockhorst. “When I was growing up, we would often visit Marthasville and Washington. My grandparents were big into 4-H and we had friends in both communities. I always felt like the Missouri River Valley was a place that was home.”
The Bockhorsts are also the owners of La Charrette Farm, a private wedding venue located on 100 acres off Charrette Creek Road.
In addition to purchasing Loretta’s, they also purchased the Driemeyer building across the creek from Loretta’s on Pecan Street. Restoration on that building will begin soon. Plans have not been made public at this time, but Bockhorst is excited to share his ideas with the community at a later date.
Bockhorst said local chiropractor Samantha Dobsch expressed interest in moving her practice to the old Loretta’s site. He said she has helped with the restoration and planning. Bockhorst laid out the floor plan so it would be easily convertible in the future.
The main area of the old restaurant has been opened up into a large space suitable for exercise classes. The rafters have been exposed, all electric and plumbing has been updated and new flooring has been installed. The original paneling has been restored and the vintage bar has been included in the décor.
Dobsch Chiropractic and Family Wellness took up residency March 1 at 2 South Two Street in Marthasville. Dobsch, a native of Augusta, has been in the Marthasville area for many years. She also practices in Washington at the office of Dr. Al Fischer two days a week.
“Business has gotten busier than I ever expected,” said Dobsch. “One room was not enough. There has always been the goal of having a wellness facility.”
Her first addition to her practice is adding fitness instructor Holly J. Harris, of Holly’s Full Circle GX Fitness. Harris will offer three classes at the facility — Core Vitality, Yoga Flow and High Low Fitness.
Dobsch said she is passionate about her work and strives to offer “high quality, affordable health care to all ages and members of the community.”
“I love people,” she said. “That is the most successful part of my practice. I’m pretty passionate about this town and my patients have been responsive to the idea. I want to help people enjoy making the most out of life.”
Dobsch said an open house and ribbon cutting will take place Friday, March 18, at 4:30 p.m.
For more information visit Dobsch Chiropractic on Facebook @dobschchiro, call 636-229-1825, or visit dobschchiropractic.com. The practice is open in Marthasville Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. She practices in Washington Tuesday and Thursday.
Fitness classes are offered each day. Yoga Flow Express is offered each Monday from 12-12:30 p.m. and Yoga flow is scheduled each Tuesday and Thursday from 6-7 p.m. On Friday High Low Fitness is at 10 a.m.; Core Vitality is at 10:30; and Yoga Flow is at noon.
Dobsch is currently looking for a massage therapist to add to her team. Anyone interested can contact Dobsch at [email protected]