Anytime Fitness named fastest-growing club CLEARWATER – Anytime Fitness is the world’s fastest-growing fitness club for the sixth consecutive year, according to data released by the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association, which annually issues its Global 25 rankings as a barometer of the fitness industry.
Anytime Fitness added 260 new clubs in 2012, a 15 percent increase over the previous year. The franchise also ranks No. 1 in unit growth over the past five years, opening 1,427 clubs between 2007 and 2012.
"The growth of Anytime Fitness demonstrates there is strong demand from consumers for companies that meet their expectations," said Joe Moore in a press release. Moore is president and CEO of IHRSA.
While fitness club memberships decreased 2.3 percent industry-wide last year, Anytime Fitness increased its memberships worldwide from 1.3 million to 1.5 million. The average number of members per Anytime Fitness club open at least one year also increased nearly 5 percent from 769 to 806 members.
“As a franchise, our mission is to improve the self-esteem of the world,” said Maggie Loving, owner of an Anytime Fitness in Clearwater. “On a local level, we simply want to help improve the health of our friends and neighbors in the community.”
Maple Family Centers open Countryside location CLEARWATER – The LaSpina family may be the new owners of Countryside Lanes at 27867 U.S. 19 N. in Clearwater, but they are no strangers to bowling.
As the proprietors of Maple Family Centers, their love of the sport has been in their blood for the past 53 years. For three generations, they have retrofitted various bowling centers into what many have called their “home away from home.”
According to a press release, the Countryside is the family’s first Florida location – and their 11th family-owned bowling facility. They currently operate four centers in the New York metropolitan area and now one in Florida. Each location has a strong upholding of traditional family bowling in contemporary atmospheres. The staff strives to provide a positive bowling experience, whether patrons professionally compete, bowl in a league or just for fun.
“Our new Countryside Lanes location will continue our time-honored traditions,” said owner John LaSpina in a press release. “We have many good things we have planned for Clearwater, Florida. We all look forward to meeting you all in the days ahead.”
Lobster Pot Bistro hosts anniversary, fundraiser CLEARWATER – The Lobster Pot Bistro will host its second annual anniversary celebration Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 478 Mandalay Ave.
The Lobster Pot Bistro will dedicate its anniversary party to Charity Works with a fundraiser. The honorary chair is Margaret Word Burnside, editor/publisher of Tampa Bay Magazine. The sponsors are Tampa Bay’s Fine Wine Guide and Republic National Distributing Company, and Tampa Bay Magazine.
The event will feature the music of Ron Reinhardt Trio and Lobster Pot Bistro’s award-winning hors d’oeuvres, fine wine and champagne, plus fabulous auction items.
“We are proud to be the beneficiary once again for this event and having the opportunity to promote our mission of Helping Those Who Help Others,” said Chris Renfrow in a press release. Renfrow is president and CEO of Charity Works.
Charity Works, founded in 1996, provides purchasing advisory services to charities and operates a wellness-medical aid program called Give Hope USA that benefits economically disadvantaged children and adults.
“Charity Works is known best for promoting a more efficient cycle of giving by developing relationships among and between donors, vendors and nonprofits,” said Renfrow.
Reservations cost $75 a person, including tax, gratuity and complementary valet parking. The event is limited to 100 people.
For information and reservations, call 446-8809.
Sport Clips to open second location CLEARWATER – Sport Clips Haircuts recently opened its second Clearwater location at 2518 State Road 580.
In celebration of the opening, the new Sport Clips donated $5 from every haircut given on Sept. 20 to Countryside High School.
"What's better than being in a relaxing environment, where sports are on TV everywhere you look, with well-trained stylists and no need for an appointment when it's time for a haircut?" said Lisa Ethier in a press release. Ethier is the team leader for the new Sport Clips and two locations in Tampa. "Sport Clips has really caught on here in Clearwater and having this additional location will make it even more convenient for guys to take care of their haircut needs."
Sports Clips Haircuts boasts more than 1,000 locations across the country.