After a long period of vacancy, the former Serendipity Café building in Andover is now occupied by three businesses which have a similar mission to improve health and well-being.
Anytime Fitness has treadmills, stationary bikes, weight lifting machines and free weights. If you want to cool off and recharge, head upstairs for a protein shake or a cup of tea with aloe at Healthy Vibe Nutrition. If it is not your day to go to the gym, but you still want a good workout, you could always go to Studio K.
Healthy Vibe Nutrition owner Theresa Theis said “it’s very handy for people” to have these businesses in the same building, which is located just east of Round Lake Boulevard at 3450 Bunker Lake Blvd.
Cory Podany owns Anytime Fitness locations in Coon Rapids and Ramsey and he bought the Andover territory from Anytime Fitness a few years ago. He was looking for the perfect location to lease, but nothing stood out to him.
The Andover native was very familiar with the building that Serendipity Cafe built in 2007 and occupied for a short time. The building was vacant for so long that the asking price dropped to a very reasonable amount, Podany said.
The catch was he would have extra space to fill and he was owning rather than leasing. The first order of business was to remove old kitchen equipment that Serendipity was forced to leave behind after the bank foreclosed on it. Podany quickly sold the equipment on an online auction site.
Podany thought it would be a great idea to market the vacant units in his new building to businesses that had similar missions.
He found one tenant — Studio K — just across the street at the Andover Downtown Center. Kay Leeb’s business has many group fitness options including yoga, belly dancing, Zumba, cardio/core/circuit and mat pilates. Most of the classes are 45 minutes long.
Theis was working at Thrive for Wellness in Andover and wanted to own her own business. Healthy Vibe Nutrition is basically “a healthy coffee shop,” Theis said.
A cookies and cream or wedding cake smoothie sounds too delicious to be healthy, but both drinks are good for you and can be a meal supplement, according to Theis.
The same can be said for the tea with aloe, which helps with indigestion. There are fruit, vanilla and chocolate flavored smoothies. There are even drinks that have just a bit of Folgers in the cup to give the drink the flavor of coffee, Theis said.
A chicken breast typically has nine grams of protein, she said. One of their protein shakes has 24 grams. Instead of consuming a full meal that has over 1,000 calories, you could get the same important nutrients from one of Healthy Vibe’s beverages and consume only 160 to 260 calories, Theis said.
Healthy Vibe will also have classes and one-on-one sessions with customers who want tips. The feedback greatly depends on what the person’s goals are, according to Theis.
Matt Erickson, a business partner with Podany for the Anytime Fitness business, said members can go to any location they want, 24/7. To burn off your holiday dinner on Thanksgiving or Christmas, stop by Anytime Fitness. Each member gets a small device they can scan to gain entry.
The Andover Anytime Fitness has the latest model of Life Fitness exercise equipment. Each treadmill and stationary bike has its own small television. There is an outlet for headphones and an outlet for an iPod. There are a couple of shower facilities, one which is handicapped accessible.
There are also two tanning booths downstairs.
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