Clint and Jennifer Frazier are leaving their business for a healthier alternative.
The Bellefonte couple operated a mobile concession stand business at festivals and fairs for 15 years and plan to open Anytime Fitness within the next two weeks. A definite date has not been set because construction and inspections need to be completed in the fitness club at 2351 Commercial Blvd.
“We’ve been fitness enthusiasts for years, and we want to translate that passion into a business to enjoy and bring healthier lifestyles to other people,” Clint Frazier.
The Fraziers thought about the possibility of opening a fitness club when Jennifer became a certified personal trainer. One year later, they’re moving equipment into the 6,000-square-foot building. Some equipment will have more bells and whistles than the average gym, such as treadmills with televisions and Internet capability.
“We’re pretty happy that it’s starting to look like a fitness club and not just a big empty building,” Clint Frazier said.
About 100 people have signed up for memberships, which will likely be capped at about 1,200 members.
“It’s unique, because the company strives to create a private fitness club feel,” Clint Frazier said. “They don’t want it to feel like an industrial gym, so they limit membership so folks don’t have to wait to work out on a piece of equipment or wait to get a full workout in.”
For more information, go to anytimefitness.com.
Asian market opens downtown
International students who feel homesick can have a taste of what they miss in downtown State College’s new Asian market, the Golden Dragon Market.
Baisheng Zheng, who owns Golden Ladle in Nittany Mall, opened the market about two weeks ago at 202 East Calder Way, which was a United States post office until 2011.
Zheng hopes the 3,000-square-foot store is a convenient location for international students who don’t have transportation.
“A lot of international students don’t have a car, so they might want something like this close to them near campus, and they can walk to it in downtown instead of taking buses or getting rides to farther away Asian markets,” Zheng said.
Zheng has wanted to open an Asian market in the downtown area for a while.
“It’s hard to find a place downtown, you know, and we’ve had plans for a long time, probably 10 years, but it’s difficult to find a place,” Zheng said.
Golden Dragon Market will have common foods such as rice, but also Asian spices and cookies that can be hard to find.
“We’re excited to finally have it, because we think it’s good to have an Asian market there for international students and for people that want something different.” Zheng said.