Academy and Emmy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr. will serve as celebrity guest at the grand opening of Áegis Living’s newest community, Áegis on Madison (2200 E. Madison St.) on Jan. 18.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony and tour the community from 1 to 4 p.m. The first 100 people to arrive will receive an autographed copy of Gossett Jr.’s memoir, “An Actor and A Gentleman.” Guests will also sample catering prepared by Áegis Living’s chefs. 

The building includes a gift shop and corner café that will open to the public and residents. The Queen Bee café was named after Aegis founder Dwayne Clark’s mother, who was nicknamed the “Queen Bee” while living in one of her son’s assisted-living communities. The café will donate its profits to local charities. 

In addition to the public café, the Madison Mercantile, located inside the community, is a stand-alone gift shop. 

Other amenities include a wellness center with massage, salon and fitness room; a movie theater; and the man cave, where residents can watch a game on the big-screen TV and play cards and shuffle board. 

A secured memory-care floor will offer an outdoor deck with the façade of an old-fashioned neighborhood, with a vintage car parked at a local garage and doorsteps of classic Northwest homes. 

Close to 100 people will staff the community.

Áegis on Madison is the latest of seven new Western Washington assisted-living and memory communities Redmond-based Áegis Living is launching in the next five years. In 2011, Áegis Living acquired the Madison property, transforming an empty lot into an assisted-living community.