Abandoned Video Warehouse to turn into family therapy clinic

August 19, 2023 by No Comments

A former prominent figure in Des Moines’ entertainment scene is presently undergoing refurbishments with the intention of transforming into a clinic specializing in Christian family therapy.

Dr. David Kaptain, an expert in marriage and family therapy, is in the process of preparing the establishment of the clinic at the location formerly occupied by Video Warehouse. This location is situated at the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Merle Hay Road within the Merle Hay neighborhood. Dr. Kaptain brings with him 23 years of experience from his role at Family Legacy Counseling. Before this, he managed operations at the UnityPoint Health Powell Chemical Dependency Center.

Although Dr. Kaptain’s practice is situated in Johnston, he and his wife attend church services near Drake University. This has heightened his awareness of the demand for high-quality family therapy services within the Des Moines area.

In the year 2020, Video Warehouse declared its closure, marking the end of one of the last remaining movie rental businesses in the Des Moines metropolitan region. Another similar business, Family Video in West Des Moines, also shut down shortly thereafter.

The ownership of Video Warehouse was held by Fridley Theatres, a Des Moines-based company. Upon the closure, Jon Fridley, the operator of Video Warehouse, informed the Des Moines Register that the COVID-19 pandemic acted as the final blow for the 34-year-old establishment. The shift towards online streaming services due to in-person restrictions posed a challenge in retaining their customer base.

Following its closure, the property remained vacant. Dr. Kaptain purchased the property in April for a sum of $475,000. The building aligns effectively with his requirements, ranging from its strategic location to its spacious area of 8,280 square feet. The absence of load-bearing walls provides a versatile canvas for his plans.

“We are drawn to both the location and its recognition. Virtually everyone is familiar with it. They often mention, ‘Oh, I know that place,’ or, ‘I used to rent videos from there,'” Dr. Kaptain stated. “We believe it will establish a positive association with healthcare.”

The renovation efforts are already in progress, with the aim of completing seven therapy offices by mid-October. Acknowledging the magnitude of the project, Dr. Kaptain has divided the renovations into three phases. Within the span of a year or two, an additional seven offices, a spacious reception area, and a meeting space could be incorporated.

Dr. Kaptain’s plans encompass the acceptance of Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurance. Beyond providing mental health services and family therapy grounded in Christian principles, the clinic will also serve as a platform for training newly licensed therapists. Dr. Kaptain is actively pursuing certification as a supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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