Monday, April 23, 2018
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Ballet-inspired fitness studio to open in Westchase

WESTCHASE — Ladies looking to get fit will soon have a new option in Westchase, when Pure Barre, a ballet-inspired fitness studio, opens next month.

Since Pure Barre began franchising in 2009, more than 100 locations have opened nationwide. The Westchase location marks the third Pure Barre to open in the Tampa Bay area. A Carrollwood location opened earlier this year.

"We thought it was the right next move," said Aimee O'Neil, co-owner of the Pure Barre Westchase and instructor at Pure Barre Carrollwood. "We have several clients at Carrollwood that do come from Westchase. So this makes it more convenient for them."

Pure Barre workouts are focused on small, isometric movements that target areas including abs and thighs. The workouts are low impact but high intensity. Each studio is outfitted with ballet bars and incorporates dance choreography.

"We're a family and I'm excited to bring that over to Westchase," O'Neil said.

The Westchase location, at 12213 W Linebaugh Ave., is hiring teachers. For more information, visit purebarre.com, or email [email protected] or call (813) 760-7298.

Carter's Gallery celebrates anniversary

Art for art's sake is fine and all, but what if that beautiful piece of art could also be used in your day-to-day life?

That's the goal of Michelle Carter, owner of Carter's Gallery in Citrus Park. Her store is filled with items that go beyond aesthetics to practical use like blown glass bottle stoppers, sculptural window chimes and stone liquor dispensers. All the items are handmade from sources such as Anchor Bend Glassworks and Don Williams Creations.

The gallery also stocks gifts such as jewelry, candles and handmade soap.

"A lot of our pottery you can let it sit on the shelf or you can put a dip in it and then put it in the dishwasher," Carter said on a recent day at her store, at 11959 Sheldon Road.

The gallery celebrated its one-year anniversary recently.

Carter learned to appreciate beautiful things from her mother and while working at Willow Arts gallery as a teenager. Now closed, Willow Arts was a mainstay in the Odessa community for its collection of handmade and functional art pieces.

"It's what I know and it was a fun environment to work in," Carter said.

So in 2011, after earning a degree in interior design from the International Academy of Design and Technology, Carter decided to turn her interests into a business and began laying the groundwork for opening Carter's Gallery. An Odessa native who now lives in Westchase, Carter felt the Citrus Park area was a good fit.

"I've always done stuff around here and lived around here," she said. "This was my central hub, so I decided to keep it in the community."

Carter's Gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, visit cartersgallery.com or call (813) 336-4902.

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