After about 20 years in the construction industry, Suzi Hollis never thought she’d be the owner of a health related business. But a construction accident in 1996 in her hometown of Chicago helped define her, in good and bad ways.

“I’ve known I was gay since I was 5. I came out when I was 21. In the construction world it was very difficult, obviously. But other than that, I haven’t had any problems.” The accident lead to health problems as well as her eventually owning a business dedicated to helping with those problems: Salt This Way.

Salt This Way uses salt air to help treat problems such as emphysema and eczema. “Sometimes, you need pharmaceuticals but you can’t rely on them for the rest of your life,” she said.

Asked why she chose Wilton Manors, she said she saw a lack of health-centered businesses in a community with a lot of bars and nightlife. “It just seemed like there was a real need for a wellness center. I’m someone that cares tremendously about other people and really didn’t get into it to make a quick buck. You’ve got to pay it forward and leave a holistic footprint.”