Six years after Rochester's Grant Collins opened his orthodontic clinic, Collins Orthodontics is feeling more than a little crowded in its original space.

"We've outgrown the space here. ... While we've loved our place next to Dunn Bros. coffee and the energy here, we just need more room," said the Century High School alumnus of his clinic at 1340 Salem Road SW. "We started with my wife and I and one employee. Now we have 17 on staff."

That means Collins Orthodontics needs a larger clinic in the future, so the plan is to build a new one in northwest Rochester on open land across from Lourdes High School and near the Jeremiah Program's future housing complex. It is slated to stand at the corner of 19th Street Northwest and Jeremiah Lane Northwest. 

Collins filed very early plans with the city this week to build a 6,400-square-foot clinic. The project could break ground next spring.

"We're still in the design process right now. ... We're loving how things are looking for so far," he said of the plans. "It has a cool, artistic feel, sort of a fun, Disney-like experience."

To build on the success of the partnership between the clinic and Dunn Bros., Collins intends to have a 770-square-foot doughnut and coffee shop. At this point, he plans to have that shop be directly part of the clinic, though it will also be open to the public.

The revenue from the doughnut shop will be used to support the clinic's program to provide free braces for children who have overcome pediatric cancer.

"This is part of a bigger vision we have for the clinic to engage with the community," said Collins.

Jeff Kiger tracks business action in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota every day in Heard on the Street. Send tips to jkiger@postbulletin.com or via Twitter to @whereskiger. You can call him at 285-7798.

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