Christine Walters

Earlier this month, Marci Wallace and her family opened a new espresso drive-through stand in the parking lot of All Star Liquors at 12559 U.S. Hwy 101 North. in Smith River. Called A Cup Above, the coffee shop is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

Wallace has worked at other coffee shops, but this is her first venture as the owner of one.

Her brother Matt assists in the operation and her retired parents, Mel and Mary, share ownership of the business as well as helping run things.

andquot;We have a well trained, super friendly staff,andquot; Marci Williams said. andquot;Another reason our espresso is so good is that we buy our beans from Long Bottom Roasting Co., which uses a special air roasting process that makes a strong coffee with less bitterness.andquot;

Soul Feet opens

Formerly with Avalon Bodywork by the Sea, reflexologist Connie McDonald opened her own practice in June called Soul Feet, Communication with Touch at 1059 9th St, Suite A. Reflexology is the application of pressure on the hands and feet.

andquot;I do foot and hand reflexology and many other services,andquot; she said, andquot;including ear candling, aroma therapy and color light therapy, using color harmonics with LUMALIGHT by Spectrahue.andquot;

McDonald studied various therapies to help her son Travis who had Leigh's Disease, a rare ailment whose victims usually survive only six months to six years, she said. Travis lived 25 years, passing on in October 2006.

andquot;I went to school to help Travis with his pain management and relaxation relief,andquot; McDonald said. andquot;Reflexology reduces stress and brings the body back into balance. It brings the whole system into harmony and an inner state of good health naturally.andquot;

Travis was the oldest recorded living person with Leigh's disease, and the healthiest, she said. The next oldest lived to be 18 years old, and the average lifetime with this disease is 10 years old.

andquot;When my son died, I took some time off, and when I was ready to come back full time, the space next door was available,andquot; McDonald said.

McDonald recently completed a 3-month intensive class in San Francisco on grief and release work, which she plans to incorporate into her practice.

Soul Feet is open Monday through Saturday.

Collectible shop moves

Leslie McNamer recently moved her shop, Leslie's Collectibles, from the corner of Elk Valley Road and Highway 101 South to 299 I Street in downtown Crescent City.

Store hours are Tuesday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed Sunday and Monday.

Leslie's Collectibles features a wide variety of items, including ceramic, silver and glass tableware, as well as furniture, clothing jewelry and artwork.

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