10 Best Instagram Photos from Paine’s Skate Park’s Opening Day

For a project that was more than 10 years in the making—skateboard enthusiasts first started advocating for a place in Center City to call their own back in 2002—it’s no wonder crowds (and pro skateboarders!) turned up in droves at yesterday’s ribbon cutting for Paine’s Park, the new skate park along the Schuylkill River Trail near the Art Museum. Here, the best 10 Instagram photos from opening day.
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Just Opened: LA Boxing in Springfield

Although it’s technically been open since early February, LA Boxing in Springfield is gearing up to celebrate its grand opening on April 6th.

The newly opened fitness center is dedicated specifically to boxing. It offers boxing, kickboxing and martial arts instruction and group classes for kids and adults. For its grand opening celebration, the gym is planning a fun day of fitness, including fitness classes, free fitness assessments, and personal training throughout the day. There will also be face painting, healthy refreshments and a DJ spinning tunes to get you moving. Find out more here or call 610-328-9504 .

FREE, April 6th from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., LA Boxing Springfield, 131 South State Road, Springfield.

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Opening Soon: Mama’s Wellness Joint

Looking back on my years as a teenage monster (I remember it clearly; I turned 20 just last year), I can safely say that my mom deserves an award—or at least an “I Survived My Daughter’s Hormones” T-shirt. It’s clear: Moms and moms-to-be need all the lovin’—and support, and resources—they can get.

Enter Mama’s Wellness Joint. After building a local following through years of teaching yoga in Philly, Paige Chapman decided to found a family wellness center at 1100 Pine Street, set to open on October 5th. Mama’s Wellness Joint was born out of the idea that Philadelphia women and families need a safe and welcoming space to learn more about how to better care for themselves and their children.

Chapman will provide women and families with a range of alternative-wellness workshops and yoga classes meant to address the needs of women and their families before and after giving birth. On the jam-packed roster are adult, prenatal, postpartum and kids yoga classes; Mommy and Me and Daddy and Me classes; workshops including meditation, ayurveda and nutrition; and fertility-support groups. An in-house masseuse and retail space with all-natural products for mom and baby round out the offerings.

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New Juice Cafe Now Open in Center City

If you’re anything like me, when the alarm goes off in the morning, “snooze” is the only viable option. Sometimes, this decision leads to pure mayhem when a half hour somehow rolls by and you’re now late for work. Breakfast is the first thing to fall off the morning to-do list.

But we’ve heard it time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; it replenishes our energy and deters us from overeating later on. Which is why Ryan Crown created a convenient (and healthy!) way for Philadelphians to get their morning nutrition, even when running late.

Through his self-named juice club, Crown concocts juice each morning from entirely organic ingredients like cucumber, apple, lemon and ginger, with no added sugar. He then jumps on his bike at 6 a.m. and will come to your home or workplace to bring you breakfast in a bottle. He offers deliveries in sets of three 16 ounce juices for $20.

Now for the exciting news: Ryan Crown’s Juice Club opened its first store yesterday at 1425 Arch Street (yep, it’s right inside Sweat Fitness). So, if you’re not ready to commit in advance to a delivery but want to try out the healthy (and refreshing) goods, you can swing by and grab one for $5.50.

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To Do: City Sports Suburban Square Grand Opening and 5K Fun Run

Like free stuff? Stop by City Sports’ Grand Opening of its relocated store within the Suburban Square complex in Ardmore this Saturday. The first 100 people to enter the store receive a free gift bag and the chance to win a $250 City Sports shopping spree. There will also be a DJ, yummy treats from local vendors, and raffles worth over $1,000 of in-store merchandise. Fit your workout into the event by participating in the open-registration 5K fun run at 10:30 a.m.

January 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Suburban Square Complex, Ardmore.

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Just Opened: Body Cycle Studio

Body Cycle Studio // Photography by Ashlee Mintz

Indoor cyclists now have a space to call their own. Longtime Sporting Club cycling instructor Russell Carter opened a Spin-only studio, Body Cycle, on Chestnut Street earlier this month. A floor below Symmetry Dance, the single-room space feels refined and classy, more yoga studio than Spin room thanks to the wood floors and floor-to-ceiling windows. Though tiny (come dressed, there aren’t showers or a locker room), the space packs 20 bikes comfortably and the mirrors allow you to check your form from any angle. The Keiser bikes, which use magnetic resistance rather than chains, are smooth and quiet. “They are a little more forgiving on the joints than other types,” says Carter. Read more »

Just Opened: Fairmount Running Company

Philadelphia runners, revise your routes and get over to Fairmount Avenue to check out the area’s latest running specialty store.

Fairmount Running Company, which opened August 3, is owned by former St. Joe’s track teammates Joe Lanci and Karl Savage. Also the owners of Jenkintown Running Company, the Philadelphia area’s first (and one of the most well-known) running store, the pair offers personalized, hands-on service.

“A lot of times people will go to a big box store and grab the cheapest pair of running shoes or talk to someone who really doesn’t know what they’re talking about,” says Lanci. “Then those people wind up getting shin splints or stress fractures based on the shoes they get. We’re a full-service running specialty store, so we do foot gait analysis. We look at their arch height and the width of their foot and we guide them through the shoe selection.” Read more »