If his students dont come to two classes in a row, they will hear from Momentum Fitness owner TJ Turner.
Turner, whose new Hiester Street gym opened Friday, said he is looking to bring a big-city fitness center atmosphere to a smaller town while keeping the class sizes intimate.
His gym offers classes such as cardio kickboxing, bootcamps, small group training and Brazilian jiu jitsu. The monthly fee ranges from $75 to $99. But members pay on a month-tomonth basis with no contract, and students are offered a special reduced fee of $60 for the kickboxing class.
He is mostly looking for area residents to fill the classes, but he said the downtown location provides an opportunity for students to get involved with the gym.
Turner will also be looking to organize community events such as a 5k run because he is passionate about becoming a positive fixture in State College.
Without the community, Im not here, he said.
He has lived in Centre County on and off for the past five years, living part time in Washington, D.C., and traveling, but he and his wife having a baby forced him to settle down.
But he said he is happy with the situation and excited to begin with his new business.
Filling a need
Kim Davis saw what she believed was a need in State College and she intended to fill it.
We have a lot of African-American students here who had to travel back to cities to get hair done and purchase products, she said.
So Davis began trying to sell hair products downtown, and that business venture has led to her starting her own hair salon.
Kims Hair Kare has its grand opening today, Davis said. And it will be marketed as a multicultural salon, not solely catering to black residents, but it will give them a place to go.
She said she never expected to take her vision this far, but described the 512 E. College Ave. retail space as a blessing.
Davis said the salon and the hair product sale area will complement each other and bring more foot traffic through the shop. She said they have two stylists who can work with all kinds of hair and she just had a desire in her heart to open the shop.
IntelliQ Research and Strategy has moved from its downtown State College office location to 320 Rolling Ridge Drive citing space concerns and an expanding company.
After nearly three years, we had outgrown our former offices and were unable to expand, managing partner Paul Weener said in a new release.
The company provides market intelligence and research services to the health care, manufacturing and other business to business industries.
IntelliQ employed about 150 people this year and is looking to increase that number, according to the release. The new office space will make that possible.
Matt Morgan can be reached at 235-3928. Follow him on Twitter @MetroMattMorgan