RUSKIN — For Mary Beth Wang, National Gymnastics Day couldn't arrive at a better time.
On Saturday, when the nation celebrates its favorite Olympic sport, the longtime gymnast will revel in the post Rio/Team USA glow in a new gym. Wang has opened Jubilee Gymnastics at 89 Seventh Ave. NE.
The gym is an extension of a brand she launched in 2000 as a mobile program that set up shop in places like dance studios and community centers. After selling the concept in 2006, she reclaimed Jubilee Gymnastics in 2013 and has finally found a permanent home that is three times larger than its previous size.
"It allows us to do weekends and birthday parties and three classes at a time (instead of one)," said Wang, who co-owns the gym with her husband, Chen.
Wang grew up in the Brandon area, competing in gymnastics from the ages of 9-18 at what was then the Brandon Swim and Tennis Club, now Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center. She has since become a coach, wife, mother, entrepreneur and contestant on the American Ninja Warrior circuit.
The popular television show has featured Wang a few times and she recently returned from an untelevised ninja warrior event in North Carolina where she finished fourth while nursing a shoulder injury.
Because of the popularity of the TV show, Wang has incorporated a mini ninja course in the back of the Jubilee gym. Many of the obstacles are changed out from time to time, but kids can try their luck on the warped wall, which is a permanent fixture.
Jubilee Gymnastics offers a range of classes with a clear emphasis on the joy of movement. The program is designed for children ages 18 months to 18 years. Its goal is to encourage confidence through exercise, develop strength, flexibility and coordination, and have fun.
"We are a good rec gym and are just now starting to get competitive," said Wang, who has a waiting list for some classes now that the Olympics have concluded and spiked interest in first-time gymnasts — "anyone who wants to try gymnastics and go as far as they can."
Call Jubilee Gymnastics at (813) 863-1168 or visit jubileegym.com.
Dental center finds new home in Seffner
Bayshore Dental Center has finished renovating the old Seffner Blockbuster video store and is now accepting new patients at its 810 W Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 2900.
Located in the corner unit of the Winn-Dixie plaza, the dental office aims to be the unit's first permanent business since the video giant shuttered its doors in 2013.
Save for a short-term lease to a thrift store and losing some square footage to the adjacent Beef 'O' Brady's expansion in early 2015, the location sat vacant for years.
You can book an appointment online and learn more about Dr. Omari Sheehy at easttampadentist.com. Bayshore Dental Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
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