Kalamazoo Welcomes Two New Studios

A new year means new goals for most people. If you are looking for a fun and challenging way to stay fit this year, be sure to check out the new Pilates and Barre Studio located on the Kalamazoo Mall.

It didn’t take very long for friends and studio owners, Mary Saxton and Amy Hamilton, to bring their studios to downtown. They felt downtown Kalamazoo was best fit to showcase their urban workout studios due to it’s great demographics and urban feel. Kzoo Pilates & Barre 041

Amy, the owner of The Pilates Studio, is truly trained by the best of the best.  Amy’s hard work and training took about a year and half, which included over 800 hours of seminars, apprenticeship hours and both written and practical tests. She is certified through Romana’s Pilates and studied under the tutelage of Juanita Lopez and Rhonda Celenza out of Evanston, Illinois and other facilities around the United States.

Amy specializes with working one-on-one with her clients as well as working with duets, using her Gratz equipment-the original manufacturer of Joseph Pilats apparatus’. During a pilates session with Amy, you will improve your core strength, which will create flexibility in your spine and continue throughout the rest of your body.

Mary is the owner of The Barre Studio, located right next door to the Pilates Studio. Barre is an urban workout, inspired by ballet and pilates. Mary and other certified instructors, run group classes that are fast paced with upbeat music.  The classes combine fat burning and interval training with small isometric movements that lift, sculpt, and tone. You use your own body weight to create resistance, lengthening muscles creating a great workout with muscles that you’re not use to using.Kzoo Pilates & Barre 061

Everyone is welcome to both of the studios and no experience is needed. Taking pilates or barre classes will help you achieve a powerful core and good spine health, the secret to a better life style. The Barre Studio offers 50 minute classes Monday through Saturday. Reserving a spot is suggested, since class size is limited. The Pilates Studio offers private and duet lessons that are by appointment only.

 

The Pilates Studio                                                          The Barre Studio

356 South Burdick Kalamazoo Mall                            356 South Burdick Kalamazoo Mall

Kalamazoo, MI 49007                                                   Kalamazoo, MI 49007

269-303-1949                                                                269-303-2245

 

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Chili-Cook Off

How do you like your chili? Hot and spicy, thick and meaty, vegetarian? Every January, downtown businesses show off their cooking skills at the Chili Cook Off, and every style of chili is put forward in the hopes of catching the popular vote. This year’s event will be Saturday, January 25. Just come downtown and walk around to the sites offering up their own versions of this cold-weather staple. c82c12b5-b377-4d1d-a063-42a83d3c4926

Patrons stop by the locations and get a sample, and then vote on their favorite. You’d think that the restaurants would have an edge, and they certainly do push the envelope. In 2013, Central City Tap House made theirs with wild boar (20 pounds worth), and the Beer Exchange made a delicious Sweet Potato Chili, but it was the fire-roasted chili in Mangia Mangia’s traditional recipe that won the restaurant category.

The retail and office businesses fight back with their own tricks. A perennial contender for the title, Nature Connection, makes their Michigan Cherry Chili in both meaty and vegetarian versions. “It’s very Michigan to put cherries in chili,” says one patron, “And the fruit works really well to balance heat they put in the dish.” The recipe for the Uno, Dos, Tres Chili at Michigan News has lasted generations, traveled the continents, and survived a war. Read more from this MLive story from last year: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/01/michigan_news_agency_st…

Some locations, like Sticks and Stones, have a line out the door. “We spend all night making chili by the gallon,” says owner Susan Diffenderfer. “Our goal is to not run out until the last person come through the line.” That may be why her chili is named Another Hot Mess.

The event begins at 11 AM and lasts as long as the chili – which sometimes can hold out until after 1 PM. It’s a sampling event, so be sure to make lunch plans at your favorite downtown restaurant.

This year’s participants include:

How do you like your chili? Hot and spicy, thick and meaty, vegetarian? Every January, downtown businesses show off their cooking skills at the Chili Cook Off, and every style of chili is put forward in the hopes of catching the popular vote. This year’s event will be Saturday, January 25. Just come downtown and walk around to the sites offering up their own versions of this cold-weather staple. Participants include:

 

Beer Exchange Michigan News Tempo Vino Winery
Bella Patina MLive Terrapin
Bell’s Eccentric Café Monaco Bay The Station
Burdicks Nature Connection Tudor House Tea and Spice
Garden Gate Cafe Old Peninsula Brewpub The Union Cabaret
Gazelle Sports Optimed Pharmacy Water Street Coffee Joint
Gonzo’s…at Tibbs Brewing Spirit of Kalamazoo Websters Prime
Harveys on the Mall Sticks and Stones Wine Loft
Keystone Bank Taco Bob’s Zazios
Mangia Mangia Central City Tap House