TAMPA — A fresh-pressed juice bar with a tech lounge on the first floor, a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa on the second floor and a video conference center on the third floor — that's the vision for the Urban Juice Co., opening in mid May in "the Franklin," a historic building on Franklin Street.
"We are looking to build a brand that is a modern-day version of Starbucks that centers around fresh juice meals and healthy foods rather than coffee and pastries," said Todd Lax, co-owner with Kevin Kenny. Originally, the two lawyers, both 42, and friends since their Chamberlain High School days, thought they would house their legal and real estate practices there.
"Until we saw the potential to create a prototype of a brand around a juicing lifestyle, technology and art," Lax said.
A cafe menu will feature organic juices, cleanses and smoothies, plus a few flatbreads, sandwiches and desserts to enjoy in an art-filled lounge equipped with free WiFi and iPad use.
Above that, Veya fitness spa offers classes in yoga, barre, TRX and more, plus seven massage treatment rooms. Annual membership includes online video sessions. Nonmembers may pay per class.
Lax and Kenny found the three-story, circa-1895 property in good condition, despite being unoccupied for 30-plus years. Previous occupants of the local landmark include a railroad ticket office, theater, bank, jeweler, business school and Moose lodge.
UJCO, 510 N Franklin St., will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Visit ujco.net or call (813) 375-9995.
Mane Frame salon has treat for girls
To introduce beauty treatments to girls ages 4 to 14 "in a safe, comfortable way," cosmetologist Niki Bell opened Mane Frame salon on Henderson Boulevard last month. The mother and stepmother of five daughters cuts and styles hair, offers manicures, pedicures and edible facials (chocolate, cinnamon, honey banana) and applies makeup.
"This is the place to have fun with blue hair, or perhaps pink, Bell said. "Temporarily, of course."
Parties, with names like Rock Star and Glamour Girl for up to six girls, include glitter hairdos, makeup, face, hand and foot treatments. A Pretty Princess package costs $325 for four girls, concluding with an art project: a frame for the photos taken that day. Add $70 per additional guest.
The Wiggin' Out package, $510 for four girls, includes all the above, plus a custom-made wig to keep. All parties include balloon drop, music and refreshments.
Mane Frame, 4011 Henderson Blvd., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment. Visit themaneframeforgirls.com or call (813) 403-1328.
'Power Hour,' cardio at Title Boxing Club
Membership sales are under way at Title Boxing Club on Henderson Boulevard near Lois Avenue, expected to open in late May in the former Castellano & Pizzo market. The club is best known for its "Power Hour," a class combining boxing with mixed martial arts. Other classes offer kick boxing and cardio workouts for a variety of fitness levels to tone muscles or shed pounds.
The club, at 4212 S Henderson Blvd., will be open daily. Visit titleboxingclub.com or call (813) 352-3377.
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