There are two new businesses that have opened recently that I find kind of interesting. The first is "Swim. Bike. Run." on Brannen Street next to the Pita Pit.
It is billed as "Your one stop endurance sport shop." Its owner Jody Middleton recently graduated from Georgia Southern and is a USA Cycling coach.
"I work with Georgia Southern's cycling team, and we are also in the process of getting the Tri Club back together," he said. "Members of the Tri Club compete in triathlons."
There is also a full service bike repair and maintenance shop in the back of the store.
"Not only do we sell bikes, we work on them as well," he said. "We teach people how to repair their own bike when they are out riding, and how to perform simple maintenance."
You probably picked up on the fact that the name of the store is the same order of events in a triathlon, and they carry the gear that you would need to participate in one. When I stopped in there, Middleton was quite passionate about educating his clientele about endurance sports.
"You have to get started somehow, and there is a process to competing in a triathlon or half marathon," he said. "I would like to have experienced athletes come in and speak to groups about training, staying healthy, and doing things the right way. We have already had a tremendous amount of interest."
Another passionate entrepreneur is Tina Anderson who just opened "Out Of Ground" in downtown Statesboro on West Main Street. It is a health conscientious restaurant that offers light foods, smoothies, coffee, teas and healthy juice-drinks.
"My husband got addicted to Arden's Garden Fresh Juice and Smoothies in Atlanta," she said. "He would have to get something from there every time he was in Atlanta. So, we toyed with opening up something just like it here in Statesboro. When this location came open, we decided this was the perfect spot."
They have veggie smoothies and fruit smoothies, and use fresh Arden's Garden juice in them. I will admit that I did have the Very Veggie smoothie, and it was quite good.
I think both of these businesses speak to the times that we are in. As a society, we have got to become more health conscious. That is no secret. Here are two more options to help us do that.
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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