Pensacola, Florida
Wednesday May 23rd 2018


Best of the Coast ’13: Services

All Life is Yoga
“All Life is Yoga.” Not only has Nancy LaNasa, owner of Abhaya Yoga Center (AYC), made this quote from one of India’s greatest philosophers and yogis, Sri Aurobindo, her mantra, she has been living out this idea of peaceful connectivity and fostering a deep sense of community through her yoga practice for years. In turn, she has kept aspiring yogis strapping their mats to their backs and lining up for more. “We feel that yoga is more than a physical practice—more than a flashy show of gymnastic ability,” said LaNasa. “For AYC, yoga means that we take care of each other, and we try to live in our community in ways that support all sentient beings. In fact, it is our belief that yoga is a great political statement.” After receiving loud applause from the community since the moment Abhaya opened its doors, and repeatedly voted “Best Yoga,” LaNasa recently announced the sad news that at the end of this month, AYC will be closing. She expressed her overwhelming appreciation and great many thanks. “AYC is grateful for eight years of Best of the Coast acknowledgements from the community and from the Independent News,” she said. “By being independent, we create strong relationships. Thank you for these amazing eight years!” 415A N. Tarragona St.,

24 Hours of Sweat
Late night lifting. Perhaps a little early morning elliptical action. How about some post-nap Stair-mastering, or pre-dinner cycling? No matter what time of the day you are itching to get your workout on, Anytime Fitness is there for you—anytime. It’s no wonder that it’s grown to be the world’s largest 24-hour gym and co-ed fitness center chain. “We create a friendly, non-intimidating environment, and greet you at the door with a smile,” said owner of Anytime Fitness Downtown, Chris Herr. On top of having the freedom of 24-hour access to the gym—a gym Herr notes as being “innovative, cutting edge and spotlessly clean”—members have the option to work out alone, or as an added bonus, receive personalized attention from one of Anytime Fitness Downtown’s personal trainers who are not only certified, but hold exercise science degrees. Anytime Fitness Downtown’s prime location makes it convenient to incorporate a workout into your workday, or treat yourself to a post-workout brew at a nearby downtown watering hole—for rehydration and recovery purposes, of course. 100 S. Alcaniz St.,

Civic Art
“What I love about Artel Gallery is it provides an experimental venue for all levels of artists to showcase their work,” said Jennifer Fleming, a member of Artel Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Committee. Aside from its unique location—inside the old Escambia County Courthouse building—Artel is distinct in that it is a not-for-profit, all-volunteer operated gallery. “One of the most rewarding aspects of working with Artel is when people come in thinking they’re entering the county courthouse and when they realize their mistake, they still take time to walk around and see the show. Many exclaim, “This is just great, I never even knew this was here.” said J.O. Zachow, who oversees outreach. “I’m so proud that Artel puts forth an effort to offer Art Exploration Lectures, painting classes, exhibition space for other art organizations, and events that involve children and ‘budding’ artists,” Zachow added. The gallery invites artists to submit work evocative of exhibit themes scheduled throughout the year, and as President Suzanne Robbert said, “We will continue with our mission to show high quality experimental themed exhibitions, but enter our 21st year of operations open to new ideas and programs that help us advance that mission.” 223 S. Palafox,

Caring for the 
Faithfully serving the Gulf Coast for more than 60 years, Baptist Health Care is dedicated to the health and well-being of patients and the community as a whole. “Our faith-based mission supports our team of 6,700 people in ensuring compassion and respect,” explains Mark Faulkner, CEO and President of Baptist Health Care. “From simple ‘hellos’ to escorting patients and visitors to their destinations, treating people like family is an expectation.” Recently, Baptist joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network to bring even more innovative healthcare to the community. The Baptist Health Care team shares a value system that holds one another accountable for integrity, vision, innovation, superior service, stewardship and teamwork to everything they do. With a calendar full of programs and events geared to promote healthy lifestyles, Baptist has benefited thousands of families over the years and aims to improve the quality of life in the local area for many years to come. 1000 W. Moreno St.,

Commercial Success
“We take great pride in our ability to out-execute our competitors in key components: sales, customer service, management, deal structuring, negotiation, documentation, reporting and follow-up,” said Justin Beck, President of Beck Property Company. “We stress creativity and resourcefulness in everything we do and constantly challenge ourselves to develop new services to meet the changing needs of our clients.” In commercial real estate, Beck Property Company literally writes the book—a quarterly newsletter titled “Commercial Real Estate News”—showing off the breadth of their property management and real estate brokerage offerings. With over 200 property listings and tenant and buyer representation assignments, in addition to actively managing 30 properties in the areas of leasing, marketing, accounting, reporting and facilities maintenance at any given time, the agency stays busy. “The commercial real estate world is incredibly complex and diverse,” said Beck. “We love competing and winning, both on behalf of our clients, and for new business. So when we get a great deal done for a client or win a new assignment we all get excited.” 89 S. Alcaniz St.,

Realty Relationships
“It’s all about building long-lasting relationships,” said Connie Lewis, marketing director of Coldwell Banker United, Realtors®. Whether you’re buying or selling a home in the Pensacola area, the CBUR team works with the client through every aspect of the real estate process. With a 97 percent customer satisfaction rating, CBUR continually delivers great service to their clients. “CBUR has a long history of providing the highest quality real estate and relocation services in the area,” Lewis said. “Through the years, these sales associates have maintained the highest standards of service, cultivating hundreds of referrals and repeat business.” CBUR associates combine tried and true sales techniques along with the marketing technologies as a winning recipe for success, Lewis added. And associates stay up-to-date on techniques with continuous training. Sellers receive customized marketing plans with realistic pricing designed to meet the needs of the individual buyer and seller—it’s a win-win. “Buyers and sellers see results with CBUR,” Lewis said.

Throw Some Confetti
From children’s birthday parties, to intimate weddings, Confetti Couture Events does it all. While the event team has created whimsical events such as: a hippie bridal shower, a carnival birthday bash and, every little girl’s dream, a princess party, owner and party designer Megan Helms says the secret to successful parties are the people. “I feel that our parties are the best due mostly in part to our fabulous clients,” she said. “We work with the sweetest families who genuinely want their guest of honor to have the best day ever and they trust us to make that wish come true.” Whether you just need some help designing, or you want the whole shebang—designing, creating, set-up, break-down and coordinating—Confetti Couture gives you the attention and care needed to have a Pinterest-worthy party. “Most customers do call on us to handle every last detail and we are happy to oblige,” Helms said. “A typical small event receives 40 hours of Confetti love from start to finish, while a wedding gets around 200.” Each hour of “Confetti love” is dedicated to creating a unique and fun celebration. “From a tea party for two, to an intimate wedding celebration, we are thrilled to make memories with you,” Helms said. 244-9384,

What’s Cookin’
Owner of Cook Images, Jeremy Cook has been telling a picturesque story and serving as a pioneer in the local photography community for a number of years. And as a result, his reputation precedes him, keeping Cook and his crew In high demand. Although best known for an extensive log of wedding shoots, Cook can frequently be found around town and off at destination events photographing parents to be, newborns and more. Regardless of the nature of the shoot, Cook showcases his subject’s unique whimsical glow, adding a certain vibrancy and signature touch, yet leaving the natural elements of the shot intact so to fully capture the moment without overexposing. “We are simply inspired by people, smiles and having a good time,” said Cook. “It doesn’t take much to learn to shoot a camera, but relating with people and making them feel comfortable in front of the camera—that’s the challenge we enjoy.” Cook’s genuine love for photography and a fun take on things show through each and every frame. 4017 N. 9th Ave.,

When you notice a well-designed restaurant or a beautiful storefront in the local area, you’re most likely looking at the work of Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture. From The Fish House to most recently the Old Hickory Whiskey Bar, the local firm has contributed to making Pensacola’s downtown a hotspot for locals and tourists alike. Architects at Dalrymple | Sallis have one top priority when it comes to projects and that’s to listen, said Scott Sallis. While the firm is based locally, their work expands to Nashville, Seaside and Alabama. “We are fortunate to have a wide variety of clients and respective work,” Sallis said. “We’re always working on an outstanding residence somewhere on the Gulf Coast.” Principal architects Sallis and Dean Dalrymple have more than 20 years of experience in architecture, interior design and master planning. Look out for projects they’re currently working such as Four Season Eatery’s expansion and a complete storefront renovation for Elebash’s Jewelry. 213 S. Baylen St.,

It’s All in the Eimaj
The team at Eimaj Spa, Esthetics & Hair Studio are beauty rebels. The salon is the only place you can get the Flamboyage, a French hair coloring technique, and was the first Pensacola spa to offer Ashiatsu massage. You might have also seen the work of Eimaj stylists on models walking downtown at recent Galley Night events. When it comes time to get your hair cut, colored or styled, the salon’s first priority is their guests, said owner Lydia Nixon. “We give them our undivided attention to ensure their hair looks its best, while maintaining the health of the hair.” Eimaj Salon offers reasonable prices on cuts, color, style and Keratin treatments while also carrying environmentally safe products. Spa services include microdermabrasion, body scrubs and waxing. “Eimaj offers a truly talented team of professionals,” Nixon said. “We work together to make sure our guests are happy.” 1506 W. Garden St.,

“Our focus is on the health, growth, and well-being of each individual we touch,” Escape Wellness Spa owner Stephanie Knight explained. “As wellness partners, our goal is to provide a harmonious environment with caring, friendly customer service and generous hospitality, to give you the best treatment.” Escape Wellness Spa offers a wide range of massage offerings and organic and clinical skincare services. “Our professionals truly care about providing lasting results and taking the time to make each visit a truly memorable experience,” Knight stated. The spa’s title represents the spa’s objective to provide empathy, stress relief, compassion, awareness, prevention and education to clients. “Every hour we get to see a client transform into someone new as they leave refreshed and rejuvenated,” said Knight. “Our clients are the best people in town—I love that when I hire a new staff member, our clients welcome them to the family.”  4400 Bayou Blvd.,

Bootcamp Bosses
Open for six years, Fixed on Fitness has led the way in Pensacola outdoor fitness bootcamp instruction. Kenzie Presnell cofounded FOF with her husband, Josh. The couple focuses on personalizing workouts for their clients, which Presnell believes is one factor that distinguishes Fixed on Fitness. “The variety, creativity, and intensity of the workouts, the wide range of fitness levels within the classes, the community atmosphere, and the results achieved with FOF makes Fixed on Fitness a favorite among fitness programs,” said Presnell. “We get to see clients transform not only physically, but mentally as well. We are so thankful to be able to do what we love and to work with some of the most awesome people in Pensacola.” The business expanded in 2011 with the addition of programs in Perdido Key and again in 2012, adding training in Pace. “We are excited to put our efforts into growing all three of our locations, making people healthier, and exceeding the expectations of our clients,” said Presnell.

Frame Fame
When you finally find that rare art print you’ve been searching for, you’re not just going to hang it up with some thumbtacks when you get it home—hopefully. That’s where Framing by Design comes in to save the day. “We can frame anything someone wants framed,” said Gyna Sellers, owner of Framing by Design. With more than 2500 different frame styles to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide, but that’s okay. Sellers and other staff members are certified picture framers, from the Professional Picture Framers Association, and continue with their education to stay updated in the industry. “Our ability to work outside of the box is what sets us apart from chain craft stores,” Sellers said. You can trust the staff with your antiques and heirlooms as the shop specializes in conservation and preservation pieces. And don’t worry about sacrificing your wallet to get something framed. While the service is top-notch, the price is still affordable. 4718 N. W St.,

Sky High Service
Living up to its vision statement “Service That Soars Above,” Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union thrives off of its commitment to its members, its employees and the community—all through a team effort. “We’ve worked hard to build a team that cares about service and support to members and to each other,” said Patti Wernicke, Senior Vice President of People and Development. This support to each other includes incorporating a healthy dose of fun into any given workday, of course. “We work hard, but we like to have fun, too,” she said. “On a given day, our internet might feature an article about the latest in regulatory compliance, but it’s also going to have a picture of Bob’s dog, Booger.” Ultimately, Gulf Winds Credit Federal Union is a family, one that continues to grow and grow. Gulf Winds Credit Union encourages new members to get on board to benefit from a multitude of perks ranging all the way from the best rates, to receiving what they consider to be the best care. “You deserve better banking, which to us means the best loan rates, high-yield checking, convenient mobile banking service and relationships with familiar friendly team members who really do care,” said President and CEO Chris Rutledge. 400 W. Garden St.,

Permanent Markers
Recently, Hula Moon celebrated its 13th anniversary with a $13 tattoo special that raised over $1,000 dollars for the Humane Society. Although thirteen certainly appears to be a lucky number for Hula Moon, it’s clear that hard work and customer care is the real secret behind the business’s success this year. “Hula Moon was founded on the idea of quality tattoo art for every customer,” said shop manager and piercing artist Ed McCarthy. “Any given day a tattooer could be doing a full custom backpiece or bodysuit, and the same day could also be tattooing a small symbol or word. We put the same effort and concentration into every project, because our shop’s reputation is only as good as the last tattoo that walks out the door each day.” For McCarthy, helping clients achieve a vision they’ve long thought about, making a project a reality for them is what the business is all about:  “We love what we do. Our future plans are to tattoo the brightest, boldest, sickest projects that our clients bring to the table.” 473 N. Pace Blvd.,

Levin Legacy
From wrongful death suits to BP oil spill claims, the Levin legacy makes a hold on every case that they touch—and win. While the name Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor may be a long one, the train of success is even longer. The legacy begins with the man behind the name, Attorney Fred Levin. “The success of Levin Papantonio can be traced back to our deep roots in this community, all the way back to 1955 when my brother David and Reubin Askew [later Gov. Askew] founded the firm,” said Fred Levin. Still, above winning and fostering an environment of success, the firm is dedicated to the community it serves. “The community knows we are involved with their daily lives—whether it is helping people with their legal claims, or sponsoring charities and events like the recent City of Champions fundraiser that brought some of our country’s greatest athletes back to their hometown, or even simply returning phone calls,” said Levin. “As I have always said, you call us and we will return your call.” 316 S. Baylen St.,

A Phone Call Away
If you are the rare breed who routinely counts down the days until your next doctor’s appointment, our hats are off to you. If you’re like the rest of us, it can be a dreaded feat and is far too often avoided. That said, it’s encouraging to know that when it comes to General Care Physicians, there are those out there who remain committed to providing the best care, and who are readily accessible when we need them. Individuals who will be there for us no matter how far up the age ladder we climb. When it comes to such physicians, Dr. Lanway Ling has been committed to keeping Pensacola’s finest healthy for more than a decade. “We are a family-oriented practice that sees ages five and up,” said office manager, Marcy Ward. “We are currently taking new patients and can offer same day appointments.” On top of that, they offer emergency appointments during the week making good care literally just a phone call away. 3298 Summit Blvd., 696-2333

Excellence by Design
“My best sources of inspiration come from travel. I make a point of visiting sites that have artistic significance,” said Dee McDavid of McDavid Interiors. “Those can be galleries, museums, historic buildings, and gardens. The most recent was ‘The Breakers’ in Palm Beach and Elisabeth Ney’s studio in Austin, Texas. Both were so inspirational.” McDavid opened her interior decorating business in 1996 and has since built a reputation on her uncluttered, sleek style. When asked what makes her designs distinct and so well regarded among interior designers here in Pensacola, McDavid stated she believes it’s her penchant for “the introduction of unique pieces that give traditional décor a punch.” McDavid says it’s the intangible reward of seeing a client pleased with a design and “the sharing of the ‘ahh’ moment when a room comes together for a client,” that keeps her going, and is the most rewarding aspect of work she does. 3000 N. 12th Ave.,

Keeping You Covered
The intimidating world of the insurance selection process is made easier thanks to McMahon & Hadder Insurance. Through insurance, bonds, and employee benefits, they’ve got you covered. And when they say “Your peace of mind is our policy,” they truly mean it. When it comes to customer service, the team at McMahon & Hadder takes pride in first getting to know you and your individual needs, then simplifying your options in a way that becomes a teaching moment—leaving you feeling empowered, rather than intimidated or overwhelmed by the indecision of too much choice. “We guide our clients to protect their assets with customized insurance plans and policies to meet their individual unique needs and their budget,” said Robyn Dohn, Group Benefits Agent. Ultimately, they seek to offer complete insurance protection at fair and competitive prices while remaining dedicated to exceeding customer expectations throughout the entirety of the process. A single trip to their website allows you to request a quote on anything from car insurance, all the way to life insurance. 375 N. 9th Ave.,

Remedies Compounded
Of late, most pharmacies seem to be a place to simply pick up prescriptions and leave—
Pensacola Apothecary is not one of those pharmacies. “We want to educate our visitors about ways they can achieve a healthy lifestyle and improve their quality of life with the goal of cutting down the amount of prescription medication they need through preventative wellness,” explained Chris Schulte, President of Pensacola Apothecary. As a compounding pharmacy, the Apothecary’s pharmacists, in consultation with physicians and patients, customize prescriptions in the way pharmacists originally used to before pre-manufactured forms became common. Schulte says that he heard a desire for more personalized and preventative care while working in traditional pharmacies early in his career, which led him to establish the apothecary, and take a broader approach. “In addition to our pharmaceuticals we offer expert patient consultation about vitamin regimens, pharmaceutical grade supplements and advice on proactive preventative health care.” 825 E. Burgess Road,

Pilates Body
Pilates Core Training is more than just a Pilates studio. “The type of work we do is life changing,” said Barbara Bruni, owner and instructor. “Our classes and sessions have a reputation of being highly personalized and warm and most of all, people quickly see and feel results.” Not only does the studio provide classes for all fitness levels, but also a 450-hour comprehensive training school for future Pilates instructors. Pilates Core Training also provides Gyrokenisis and Gyrotonic classes. “These are similar to Pilates in that they support and strengthen the spin as well as the core muscles, but they have the added benefit of more dynamic spiraling movements of all the joints in the body,” Bruni explains. Specialized classes are available for those clients with ailments such as knee and hip injuries, osteoporosis and stenosis, as well as massage therapy. “These therapies enhance by light-years how the body responds to the Pilates exercises,” Bruni said. Instructors work with every client to ensure that they receive the results they desire. “This is what we are known for,” Bruni said. “Our attention to detail and our intention to make sure that everyone who walks through the doors has a positive and successful experience.” 2130 Summit Blvd.,

Take it to the Bank
Regions is fortunate to have the advantage of being a local bank that has the resources of a large bank,” said Scott Barrow, City President of Regions in Pensacola and Fort Walton Beach. Regions, which began in Alabama, is headquartered in Birmingham and has offices in 16 states, primarily in the South. The bank offers personal, commercial, and retail banking, as well as private wealth management and insurance services. As such, it is a one-stop financial shop for individuals, and businesses of all sizes. “At Regions we realize that our customers have a choice as to where they bank. We do everything possible to deliver the most relevant products and the most positive experience we can in a financial world that is constantly changing,” said Barrow. “Our bankers live and work in the Pensacola community. We shop here, we play here and we send our kids to school here. We have a vested interest in doing what we can to make our community a better place.” 70 N. Baylen St. (Pensacola Main Branch),

A Suite Stay
If you haven’t visited Solé Inn & Suites in a while, you are in for quite the updated stay, plus some added treats. Solé boasts 45 new rooms and suites decked out in what they coin as a “hip, modern flare.” On top of the usual perks like complimentary breakfast, and free WIFI, Solé hosts a daily happy hour with free beer, wine and snacks. Then there’s the locational perk—in walking distance to all things downtown and just a short hop to the beach. Solé is the perfect stay for locals looking for a quiet weekend to hideaway from responsibility or those visiting the area for the first time who seek to lay their heads to rest in a quaint, clean and affordable atmosphere. With rates starting as low as $89, and all of the other thrills, it’s no wonder Solé is now four-for-four on being touted best in the local land of independent hotels. Of course, there’s always something to be said about curb appeal. And Solé doesn’t fall short there either. If you’ve driven by, you can’t miss the waterfront courtyard, a defining outdoor feature. 200 N. Palafox,

Smile Like You Mean It
While going to the dentist isn’t always a party, Dr. Strickland and the team at Spanish Trail Dentistry seek to make it as much of a personalized, affordable and painless experience as possible—ultimately making sure you leave with your smile on. “Having a common vision and goal for the care of our patients creates a positive atmosphere. Part of our vision statement reads ‘and to have fun’ and we strive to enjoy our work, our patients and our time together caring for smiles of every generation,” said Beth Jones, Practice Coordinator. “Dr. Strickland’s specialty is personalized treatment. Not only do we handle general dental care such as cleanings and fillings and crowns and the like, we also provide extensive dental rehabilitation for patients when needed.” This includes cosmetic dentistry and implant restorations. “We enjoy providing ‘smile renovations’ to bring patients a winning smile,” said Jones. Along with bringing a combined 175 years of experience to the table, Spanish Trail Dentistry prides itself on spending time getting to know each patient’s history so to offer a treatment option that meets individual needs and expectations with both budget and insurance in mind.  4359 Spanish Trail,

Stay the Best
Only a year after opening its doors in East Hill, Stay The Clinical Spa, has already succeeded in making a name for itself in the salon world, garnering recognition for its services across the board. “We are thrilled beyond words to be recognized in so many spa categories,” said owner Kristen Lee Saxon. “Impressing every spa client has been our passion and it is overwhelming to have it pay off so quickly.” The ambiance of the Historic Sacred Heart Hospital Building adds to the relaxing, personal spa experience that makes it nearly impossible to stay away. “The unique Stay experience begins when you walk in our door,” said Saxon. “Our inspiration has always been to offer Pensacola comfort and happiness.” Once you’re inside, you may feel as though you could stay there forever—especially on Wellness Wednesdays, when all services are 15 percent off.  Feel your stress melt away with each sip of champagne you take, or with each “Namaste” you utter during spa yoga. When not on-site offering facials, massages, manicures, waxing and more, Saxon and her team can be found regularly pampering and dolling up bridal parties. 1010 N. 12th Ave., Suite 128,

Pearl of Calm
Thanks to Still Waters Day & Medical Spa, you don’t have to travel far for a resort getaway. In fact, you don’t even have to leave town. They even offer a spa-cocktail, packed with antioxidants, and probiotics to set the mood. “It is wonderful to be able to get out of the stress of life and be fully engaged in nothing but relaxation in a totally private setting,” said co-owner, Mary Anne Aanestad, ARNP. With so many services to choose from, you can truly make an entire day of it. “Still Waters makes it convenient to multi-task—have your cosmetic treatments touched up after you have your pedicure or facial. Botox, fillers, or laser treatments are available as well,” she said. One of these treatments is Liposonix fat reduction. After all who doesn’t want to walk away a size smaller, after just an hour? 20 N. Tarragona St.,

Vivid Artistry
Hairstyling is an art form at Vivid. Artistic Hair Design. One, that owner and stylist Rebecca Taylor holds in high regard. “Clients are ensured to have the best possible experience at my salon,” she said. Vivid isn’t just the type of salon where you go to get a simple cut—you get a whole new look. One that Taylor and her team create with a thorough consultation before any strands hit the floor. “I listen to the wants, needs, lifestyle, how long she’ll take at home to recreate the look, occupation—and I even take cues from what’s not being said,” Taylor explains. “Then, determining face share, hair texture, skin tone, etc. I create the perfect color shade and shape/style for that individual client.” As trends come and go, Taylor flies around the country to attend shows and classes to stay up-to-date on styling techniques and even teaches classes for the national brand Joico. “If you know me, you know being a hairstylist is my life,” she said. “I live and breathe my profession and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”  801 N. 9th Ave. Suite B,

Get the Skinny
While skin aging, and any aging for that matter, is inevitable, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Kevin Welch offers the latest and greatest in skin rejuvenation practices and procedures to keep you and your skin at their finest. “We offer up to date, cutting edge laser and aesthetic treatments to meet a variety of skin needs,” said Welch. When it comes to injections, clients can rest assured Welch is both highly skilled and well-practiced. “I do a tremendous amount of Botox and filler injections. And I personally do all of these injections myself,” he said. Not only has Dr. Welch been repeatedly recognized on the local front, he is one of 200 nationwide “platinum plus” Botox providers, and one of only 40 nationwide to offer the fat removal targeting application of CoolSculpting. Not exactly sure what these procedures entail? You’re in luck. Dr. Welch is hosting an upcoming open house on Oct. 23 with demonstrations of Botox, fillers, and CoolSculpting plus door prizes and discounts on procedures and products. And not just any products—high-end dermatology products that will keep you feeling firm and youthful after you leave the office. “We also have a cutting edge physician-dispensed skin care center with the hottest new products on the market,” said Welch. Welch Skin Care Center, 8333 N. Davis Hwy.,

It’s Fun to Stay at the…
“The YMCA is the complete opposite of your stereotypical gym,” said Andrea Rosenbaum, director of advancement at the downtown YMCA. With classes including boot camp, yoga, pilates, spinning, cross fit and hip hop hustle, the Y offers a variety fitness formats for every skill level. “If we have some interest, some space and an instructor, we’ll give it a try,” said Dan Cooke, senior program director. “We have a group of very experienced, very committed instructors. They focus on providing consistent, quality classes and help members feel like they are part of a community.” Serving the community is part of YMCA’s goal. The organization offers scholarships for memberships and programs with the belief that everyone should have the opportunity to experience the Y. “We are a mission-driven organization that stands for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility,” said wellness director Rachel Mock. At the Y, members and instructors support each other in their fitness goals every step of the way. “We help each other, and members here build friendships while doing it,” said Rosenbaum. “We like to say that you can join anywhere, but you really belong at the Y.” 410 N. Palafox,