ST. MARYS — A local business recently switched locations, moving a few blocks down the road.
Curves, which was formerly located behind Ace Hardware, opened its new location in the former St. Marys Nutritional Foods Store on State Route 703 on Aug. 1.
“A lot of it was based on our visibility,” St. Marys Curves Owner Rebecca Vordermark said. “I think it’s brighter — there are nice windows. We didn’t have any windows in our old location.”
The former spot, she said, was difficult for patrons to find at times.
“It had no frontage,” Vordermark said. “Now clients can see us from the road.”
She noted the fitness center has seen an uptake since the move.
“We’ve had a lot more phone calls,” Vordermark said. “It’s been good.”
The new location also offers another feature Curves didn’t have at the former site.
“We have a dressing room,” Vordermark said. “They can change their shoes in there. The other place didn’t really have an entry, so we just had shoes lining the hallway.”
She noted the building still features a St. Marys Nutritional Foods sign — something she hopes to change soon.
The message board; however, notes Curves’ arrival. The rest of the building, Vordermark said, did not receive many major changes.
“We did a lot of painting, nothing major,” she said. “We will soon be getting a new counter for the computer.”
Curves is open from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday.
“They can come in any time during that time,” Vordermark said. “We request they have an appointment their first time in — we have to show them around, so they know how to work the machines and things. If they’re a member, they can come in anytime.”
Curves, she said, offers a 30-minute workout that works every major muscle group.
“You can burn up to 500 calories if you work hard,” Vordermark said. “You do cardio and strength training at the same time.”
Curves also offers Zumba in the circuit at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
“You do the machines for a minute and Zumba for a minute,” Vordermark said. “You’re still getting that strength training. It’s fun.”
She added sometimes insurance companies will cover Curves payments, and anyone interested in becoming a member can call 419-394-1992.