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Fitness comes to the mall

Fri., Aug. 14, 2009, midnight

Chrome Personal Training Center opens shop at NorthTown

Brooke Holloman is the owner and proprietor of Chrome Personal Training Center, in Spokane’s NorthTown Mall.

The 3,000-square-foot center has been operating about three weeks and will have a grand opening Aug. 22.

Chrome is the first fitness center to set up shop in the mall. Holloman, 31, has been a personal trainer nearly a dozen years but this is her first business. She described what Chrome will offer.

What equipment does Chrome have? We offer cardio and resistance training equipment. Cardio machines include treadmills, one elliptical, and recumbent and upright bikes. For fitness training, we use plyometric boxes, free weights, medicine balls and boxing equipment.

What are plyometrics ? Plyometrics are generally used with athletes, but I integrate them into my program for all clients. Plyos are sequences of quick, powerful movements to increase strength, giving an overall increase in speed and reaction time.

Why use boxing gloves and heavy bags? Boxing is a great way to get a full body workout. With boxing every muscle group is integrated into the movement. It’s great for cardio, muscle toning and endurance.

What are the hours? 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

And the costs? I offer cardio memberships, boot camps, core classes and other classes will follow. Cardio memberships are $30 per month. Classes range from $10 to $20 each. The primary focus is really on personal training, however. The cost depends on how many sessions you want to do per week. Two sessions per week is $210 per month.

Each session lasts how long? Thirty minutes that will kick your butt.

How do people find you or reach you? We’re on the north end of the main level between Macy’s and Kohl’s. I can be reached at (509) 315-4827.

Private hangars to go in at Spokane airport

TechnoAviation Inc., a Connecticut company, plans to break ground soon on a building housing 13 private airplane hangars at Spokane International Airport.

The T-hangars, so named for their shape, will be available for 20-year leases, and after 50 years the building will revert to airport ownership, said Greg Weed, TechnoAviation’s vice president.

With 42-foot-wide doors, the hangars are sized for smaller aircraft such as Piper and Cessna planes, Weed said. They will be the first small-plane hangars at the Spokane International Airport, airport officials say.

Solar panels on the roof will feed electricity back to the power grid, Weed said. “Our goal is to try to generate more electricity than we use,” he said.

Avista Corp. has a program that permits customers to generate their own electricity and possibly reduce their bills, although few have pursued such projects to date, said Hugh Imhoff, Avista spokesman. Details can be found at

TechnoAviation plans to add two smaller buildings, each with six hangars, next spring and summer, Green said. The buildings will go up on land leased at the southeast corner of the airport, near the two checkered water towers.

Lease rates have not been set.

Information: or 888-694-2642.

Stone importer moving to Spokane Valley

Montana Stone Gallery, a natural-stone importer, is moving its Post Falls gallery to the Spokane Business and Industrial Park in Spokane Valley.

Montana Stone will store and display granite, marble and other stone at the new location, 3808 N. Sullivan Road, Building 10-K. The gallery does not sell directly to the public, but its staff can assist in finding the appropriate stone for clients’ interior stone application.

The move will begin next week, and the new location will open Sept. 1.

Montana Stone Gallery also operates in Missoula.

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New bank branch planned in Valley

United Health Services Credit Union of Spokane has purchased a vacant lot in Spokane Valley for a branch it hopes to build within the next two years.

The 3,500-square-foot branch at the southeast corner of Sprague Avenue and Conklin Road will be the credit union’s third branch. The main branch is downtown at Sixth Avenue and Washington Street, and the north side branch is at 1212 W. Francis Ave.

United Health Services hopes to break ground on the new branch in 2010. It will include drive-through service and ATM access.

Bike Hub sells new, used bicycles

A new Spokane Valley bicycle shop, The Bike Hub, opened recently at 12505 E. Sprague Ave. The shop, with 4,400 square feet of space, sells new and used bicycles and accessories.

Owner Chris Andreasen, former manager of Wheelsport East, also provides bike repairs. The shop will add stationary bike classes this winter. It’s open seven days a week.

Children’s clothes shop buying items

Savvy Moms, a children’s used clothes shop, will start buying items this weekend, said owners Jennifer and Nelson Fancher.

The 1,200-square-foot retail shop is at 1510 N. Argonne Road, Suite E. It will start selling children’s clothing about Aug. 24. The Fanchers will buy clothes or offer credit in trade. Hours will be 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Deputy City Editor Scott Maben contributed to this report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on new developments and business openings, closings or movement in the Inland Northwest. E-mail or call (509) 459-5528.

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