Groundbreaking held for Smiles on Boulevard

BELPRE — A groundbreaking was held March 29 for Smiles on the Boulevard, 613 Washington Blvd., Belpre, the new offices of Dr. Lori Hawkins Family Dentistry.

With new name, new logo and new location, Hawkins anticipates the addition of a second dentist and six to seven new employees following a fall 2019 opening. Her office is presently on Main Street.

“This new office will allow for the doubling of staff,” Hawkins said. “I am so overwhelmed by this support from family, friends and the community. I see a great future. We want to be a business that makes Belpre proud, where everyone says, ‘This is my dentist.'”

Hawkins said her plans are to have state-of-the-art technology in the new office, including lasers that allow fillings with no numbing. “We will continue the best patient care in a caring atmosphere that puts them (the patients) at ease,” she said.

Hawkins began her dental career in the practice of Dr. Kim Poole 20 years ago, starting her own practice 17 years ago. Hawkins was a journalist in Williamson and Parkersburg before beginning her dental education and career.

The groundbreaking was organized by the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce.

Belpre Mayor Mike Lorentz said the city is proud when there is a ribbon-cutting or a plan develops into a groundbreaking for a new building.

“When I get a call, I get the shovel and the scissors ready,” he said.

Karen Waller, Belpre Area Chamber executive director, and Belpre Area Chamber Board president Abbey Tanner agreed.

Tanner said it is always a pleasure to welcome new business and that other Belpre businesses feel proud when expansion takes place. Waller welcomed the expansion as evidence that Belpre is open for business and that the over 230 chamber members pledge support to Hawkins and others choosing to locate or expand in the Belpre area.