El Nido Birth and Family Ministries is inviting community members to celebrate its acquisition of a new main street storefront for two introductory events this coming Saturday and Monday.
The former RC Peterson Electric building was donated to El Nido Birth and Family Ministries on November 11 during an agreement attributed additional significance given the exchange of the building from one veteran, in owner Robert Peterson, to another, in Dr. Mark Eakes, on Veteran's Day of this year.

El Nido Birth and Family Ministries is inviting community members to celebrate its acquisition of a new main street storefront for two introductory events this coming Saturday and Monday.

The former RC Peterson Electric building was donated to El Nido Birth and Family Ministries on November 11 during an agreement attributed additional significance given the exchange of the building from one veteran, in owner Robert Peterson, to another, in Dr. Mark Eakes, on Veteran’s Day of this year.

El Nido Birth and Family Ministries is the brain child of  husband and wife Dr. Mark and Debbie Eakes who develop the organization as a diverse outlet for community supported initiatives promoting healthy, whole families.

The two moved to area in 2014 when Mark was hired as the new Family Medicine Physician at the local Affiliated Community Medical Center (ACMC). Interestingly, it is Dr. Eakes second career, having only elected to follow his childhood dream of becoming a doctor before first completing a 20-year career with the Naval Academy, spending 12 years on ships and then the last eight years performing air-craft nuclear refueling overhaul work––including the coordination of a $2.5 billion, 150-man, aircraft carrier project.

This fall the Eakes were pursuing the former Frozen in Time building as a location to potentially base El Nido operations in tandem with the development of the site into an ice cream parlor and movie theater––the latter  use harkening back to its former incarnation as the Granite Theater.

The pair commissioned architectural renderings and garnered quotes from local contractors to determine the need for $150,000 in renovation costs. While still interested in pursuing the development the former Frozen in Time building, the fortuitous offer of the RC Peterson building provides the pair a mechanism to work toward El Nido’s mission more immediately.

With the El Nido Board and Committees and still taking shape, the Eakes are hopeful that community members with shared sentiments toward healthy family expressions will come to share their knowledge, passion and ideas in a welcome environment.
The two introductory events will consist of an Ice Cream & Pie Open House set for Saturday, December 19, from noon to 3:00 p.m. as well a  Chamber After Hours gathering set top be held Monday, December 21 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

The former RC Peterson building is located Prentice Street in between the Therapeutic Massage Center on Prentice and Hair Expression by Kari.