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Business beat: New, fresh, and healthy
Saturday, August 4, 2012
New businesses are opening at a steady pace –a great sign for the local economy. The fact that the businesses have a focus on health is an even better sign. This month we feature a new place to work out, a healthful food choice, a new smoothie and wellness coaching location, and an expanding business.
If you’re looking for a workout that helps with “functional fitness,” Kelly and Scott Bradley are celebrating the grand opening of CrossFit Maricopa on August 25. The CrossFit training center concept features up to one-hour sessions that build stamina, help lose weight, and offer “personal training in a small group setting” with classes of fewer than 15. Each class “scales” the coaching to each individual’s fitness level and provides variety to prevent boredom.
Both Kelly and Scott are certified trainers for CrossFit, an international program. To join a class, no contracts are required. People pay on a monthly basis, depending on how many sessions per week they take. Rates range from $80 per month (two visits per week) to $100 for unlimited monthly visits.
To accommodate busy schedules, classes are currently offered Monday through Friday at 5:15 to 6:00 AM or 9:00 to 10:00 A.M.; Monday through Thursday at 6:00 P.M.; Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 P.M.; a “Master” class for 50 year-olds-plus on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30 A.M.; and a yoga class at 7:00 P.M. on Monday. As they become busier, more classes will be offered.
What began in the Bradley’s garage became so popular that they just had to launch their center at 44480 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 101. They can be reached at (480) 532-0067. The website is www.crossfitmaricopa.wordpress.com.
Cilantro’s Mexican Cocina
With 20 years of experience in the food industry, Linda and Juan Quezada decided that they would open their own Maricopa restaurant, going from “fast food to fresh food.”
At Cilantro’s Mexican Cocina, fresh, healthful ingredients and great service are the Quezada’s main concern. They make everything fresh daily – including their salsas. They don’t use lard and their foods are not greasy. The difference shows in the quality and the taste! Patrons who have tried their food are pleased with the quality and the flavor, so much so that customers even purchase the fresh salsas “to go.” Favorites are the carne asada, the green chile pork, grilled “to perfection” fish and shrimp, and chile rellenos. The full menu also includes tacos, carnitas, steak ranchero, burritos, quesadillas, and desserts.
The menu ranges from $1.99 for a large taco and extends to full platters with many choices plus rice and beans for $7.49. On Mondays and Tuesdays, kids’ meals are 99-cents. Military patrons always get a 10% discount.
Starting with breakfast platters and burros at 8:00 A.M., they serve until 10:00 P.M., seven days a week. Cilantro’s is located at 20928 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite C8. The phone number is (520) 568-3144.
Lisa and J Curtis are hoping their new shop, Copa Craze, will soon be a craze in Maricopa with the fresh smoothies and wellness coaching they will be offering. Their experience as wellness coaches spans 20 years and they are excited to offer their expertise to the community in their new retail shop.
With free WiFi, they plan an upbeat, casual atmosphere where people can hang out, try the healthful smoothies and other drinks, and get some coaching to be healthier. The 24 smoothie flavors are a “healthy alternative for a breakfast, snack, or lunch,” according to Lisa Curtis. “There is something for everyone with allergen-free products, a fitness club, and fun activities.”
The most unusual smoothie flavors are “French toast” and key lime pie. In addition, they will be offering an energy drink and a mango-flavored aloe drink.
As of press time, the shop is planning a mid- to late-August opening at 21116 N. John Wayne Parkway, Suite B10. Phone them at (520) 316-6153. Hours will be 7:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Monday through Friday. The website is www.copacraze.com.
First Lady Fashion Boutique expansion
Owner Cheryl Blake is moving forward with the expansion of First Lady Fashion Boutique to include home décor and “gently used,” quality consignment items in addition to her unique women’s fashion. Her shop will be a bigger space, starting in September, where “upscale, unique décor” in excellent condition will be available in an attractive setting. Blake plans a staged area where people can see the items as they would appear on a table or in a room setting.
She is accepting e-mails with photos of consignment items that people wish to have considered. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. The website is www.firstladyfashionboutique.com and the phone is (520) 423-9301. Their location is 44400 W. Honeycutt Road, Suite 108 with hours from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday.
Shop -- and get healthy -- locally!
Shelley Gillespie / CopaNews.com
100 kettle bell swings with 35 pounds for women/53 pounds for men are part of Level 1 milestone testing for CrossFit participants.