Healthy New You in 2020 

By Kristin Boza  

What better time than a new decade to get healthy for once and for all? Bloom Natural Solutions to Wellness, owned by Candice Cuevas, helps people set and accomplish goals, explore new foods, reduce cravings, and increase energy. 

Modifying your lifestyle is not easy, and many people fail numerous times before sticking with a new way of living. Cuevas, an integrative nutritional health coach and licensed clinical professional counselor, blends her experiences in the mental health field and nutrition to help people understand the ‘why’ behind their cravings. 

“Over and over during the course of my career, I noticed how nutrition affects mental health. I also was trying to find a way to stop my migraines for good — without the band-aid of medications,” Cuevas said. “After becoming a certified health coach, I developed a six-month, hands-on program to help people learn and implement healthy habits.” 

Cuevas will basically hold the hands of her clients during their bi-weekly sessions as she comes to their home to clean out pantries, give a lesson in reading labels, identify movement goals, and head to the grocery store for instructions on which aisles to avoid. “Everyone’s health goals are different, but the basics include finding healthy alternatives to sugar, caffeine, and other foods that make you feel sluggish. There is no diet or calorie counting in my program; instead, the idea is to lead a healthier lifestyle and implement good habits,” she said. “How you feed your body will affect you mentally; we’ll work together to learn where your cravings are coming from and how to handle them.” 

Accountability is another essential aspect of the program; Cuevas is determined to hold her motivated clients responsible for following through. “Many of my clients feel lost or trapped; they know they need to lose weight, but nothing else has worked. They are seeking alternative suggestions to get on track and get out of their slump,” she said. 

Two things anyone can start doing are taking probiotics and moving more. Cuevas recommends taking a probiotic at night to improve gut health; if someone has a digestive condition, however, ask your doctor first. “Probiotics are essential to support your gut health, which in turn supports your mental and physical health. Take the probiotic two hours after you last eat at night; when you’re sleeping, your body has the opportunity to repair itself, and probiotics can give your body that essential boost,” she said. 

Secondly, incorporating even the smallest movement changes can make an impact. “The more you move, the more opportunities you give your body to wake up naturally without ingesting sugar. Take a walk around the block, take the stairs at work, or even just get up and stretch. Little adjustments like that can go a long way,” Cuevas said. 

To learn more about Bloom Natural Solutions to Wellness, visit Mention BAPA and get 10% off your program price. 

Gear Up for Winter Running 

Gear Up for Winter Running 

The Ridge Run is six months away, but that doesn’t mean you should spend the winter hibernating.  

Bev Lynch, owner of Running Excels, 10328 S. Western, encourages people to keep up with a running schedule so they don’t lose strength, pace and fitness.  

Winter weather does pose some challenges for runners and walkers. Lynch offers the following tips for braving the cold, snow and ice.  

General Safety 

Run with a buddy or a group. Having someone waiting for you keeps you motivated to maintain a running schedule, and it’s more fun and safer when you’re not running alone.  

Keep it light. If possible, run during daylight hours. If not, make sure to wear reflective clothing or accessories in the dark, and bright clothing when it’s snowy. Run against the traffic so you can see vehicles coming toward you, day or night.  

Keep drinking. Hydration is just important in the winter as it is in the summer.  

Warm up. The colder the weather, the longer it will take your muscles to warm up. Before you start running, walk for at least five minutes.  

Adjust your stride. To reduce the chance of slipping on snow and ice, shorten your strides and keep your feet closer to the ground.  

Add traction. You get more traction running on fresh snow, but around here, snow gets packed down and icy pretty fast. Consider running in trail shoes or using traction accessories. 

Take it inside. When the weather gets too cold, train indoors. Treadmills, spinning bikes and indoor running tracks are excellent optionsWinter is a good time to add in disciplines like weight training and yoga that enhance strength and flexibility. Check into local fitness places for a variety of options.  

Dress for the Weather 

Better a little cold than too hot. The general rule is to dress for 10 to 20 degrees warmer than the temperature (make sure to factor in wind chill!). Consider that the longer the run, the faster the pace and the larger your body mass, the warmer you’ll get 

Layer. You want to be warm enough but not too sweaty. Choose clothing and accessories that can be unzipped, adjusted or removed, if needed. Runner’s World magazine offers this as a guide: 

30–39 degrees: long sleeve tech shirt, shorts or tights, gloves and headband 

20–29 degrees: two shirts layered (i.e. long sleeve shirt and jacket), running tights, gloves and headband or hat. 

10–19 degrees: two shirts layered, tights, gloves or mittens, headband or hat, and wind proof jacket and pants. 

0–9 degrees: two shirts layered, tights, wind proof breaker jacket/pants, mittens, headband or hat, ski mask or neck gaiter to cover face. 

Fabric matters. Choose tech fabrics or merino wool for layers closest to your skin and for socks to reduce moisture. Avoid cotton – it holds moisture, which can make you cold and more vulnerable to hypothermia.  

Running Excels sells winter running gear, accessories, shoes and more. They also organize free training groups and other runner activities. Info: Hours:  Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun., 12 to 5 p.m.  

Meditation Group Supports Calm and Quiet Reflection 

By Susan DeGrane  

The holidays include festive gatherings, but the break from routine also encourages periods of calm and quiet reflection. Along those lines, the Red Lotus Meditation Sangha, which meets 7:30 p.m. on Sundays at Beverly Unitarian Church, 10244 S. Longwood Dr.offers an opportunity to cultivate a sense of calm throughout the year.  

Gathered in a circle for group meditationparticipants sit lotusstyle on floor cushions as well as upright in chairs. Wrapped in a blue prayer shawl, Marcia Curtis, a Unitarian Universalist minister and Buddhist meditation instructor for more than 30 yearsintroduces herself and starts the meditation with gentle tolling of a gong bowl. Within seconds, people close their eyes and calm descends upon the group.  

For the next 30 minutes, the sanctuary is quiet except for the sounds of breathing, the ticking of a clock, the wind in the trees, cars passing on the street outside, and intermittent instructions offered by Curtis. 

“Let your thoughts flow in the background of awareness,” Curtis said, directing the group to focus on the physical sensations of breathing. More calm follows with additional instructions, such as: “And, if you find that your mind has wandered, make the choice to let go of thoughts and bring the foreground of awareness back to the breath.” 

Curtis has taught meditation and Buddhist philosophy in a variety of settings, including prisons, homeless shelters and mental hospitals. Since 2007, she has led weekly meditation sessions at Beverly Unitarian Church where she is a member. Last October, she secured 501c3 status for the Red Lotus Meditation Sangha, enabling the group to book retreats, which she insists are helpful for deepening one’s meditation practice. The next retreat is scheduled for Fri.Jan. 3 through Sun.Feb. 2 in Frankfort.  

“The goal of the practice is to find freedom from suffering,” Curtis explainedadding that meditation has greatly eased her own emotional pain from sexual abuse endured as a child. “The purpose is to be present with what is. And sometimes what is, is frustration or irritation or some other non-calm stateBut doing the breath meditation is generally calming and soothing, and certainly over time the effect is an increase in calm.” 

When the meditation ends, Curtis gently sounds the bowl. Participants open their eyes, press their hands together and bow at the waist. Curtis then leads a 40-minute Dharma discussion exploring one of the 10 Buddhist perfections and other topics related to meditation.  

Curtis also offers quotations from Buddhist masters along with thoughtful explanations of Buddhist virtues. “When we think of having patience with another person’s actions, we have some tolerance for them,” she said. “We don’t immediately lash out. We give them leeway, and thereby we give the same to ourselves.” 

Always, participants are encouraged to ask questions and relate examples of how meditation helps in their daily lives.  

The group finishes up with a “loving kindness meditation” that directs positive loving thoughts toward self and loved ones 

“I’ve seen people grow in wisdom with consistent daily periods of meditation,” Curtis said. Likewise, during discussions, participants have reported reductions in insomnia and anxiety, as well as improvements in work and personal relationships. 

Anyone is welcome at the weekly meditation. Donations are encouraged. For more information, contact Rev. Curtis, 312-431-0381 or visit  

Ten Perfections (dasa pāramiyo) are (original terms in Pali):
Dāna parami: generosity, giving of oneself
Sīla parami: virtue, morality, proper conduct
Nekkhamma parami : renunciation
Pañña parami: transcendental wisdom, insight
Viriya parami: energy, diligence, vigor, effort
Khanti parami: patience, tolerance, forbearance, acceptance, endurance
Sacca parami: truthfulness, honesty
Adhitthana parami: determination, resolution
Metta parami: loving-kindness
Upekkha parami: equanimity, serenity 


Coloring books make great holiday gifts

Two coloring books featuring local landmarks are available this holiday season, Color Me Beverly II and Color Me Morgan Park.

These books are the innovative and unique creations of Beverly artist Judie Anderson and local historian and writer Carol Flynn. Each book retails for $10 and features 12 illustrations accompanied by text explaining the origins and importance of the landmark to the community.

Coloring is a fun and relaxing activity for all ages. For children, coloring fosters self-expression and helps develop motor skills. For adults, studies show that just a few minutes of coloring have the same benefits as meditation – a restless mind calms down, reducing stress, enhancing relaxation and sleep.

These coloring books are also unique collectors’ items. They are very popular with ex-patriates nostalgic for the old neighborhood. They make great stocking stuffers and are very easy to mail as gifts.

The books will be available at two craft fairs that will be held at Olivia’s Garden at 10730 S. Western Ave., on Sunday, Dec. 1, from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Locations in the community that carry the books are: Bookie’s bookstore, 10324 S. Western Ave.; Turkey Chicago gift shop, 9913 S. Walden Parkway; Heritage Gallery, 1907 W. 103rd Street; the Ridge Historical Society, 10621 S. Seeley Ave.; and Mt. Greenwood Cemetery, 2900 W. 111th Street. In addition, Sacred Heart Church at 11652 S. Church St. has the Morgan Park book, and the Beverly Unitarian Church at the Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Drive, has the Beverly II book.

For those who live out of town and would like to have copies shipped to them, contact Carol Flynn at

Nightlife & Entertainment

Pat Mac’s Trash to Treasure, Sat., Nov. 8, 7-11pm. Calling at DIYers! Pat Mac’s hosts an upcycled auction at the Cork & Kerry, 10614 S. Western Ave.  All proceeds from this event support families and cancer research at Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. $10 admission. Info: 

Caution at Blue Island Beer Company, Sat., Nov. 9, 8pm. One of Chicago’s favorite Grateful Dead cover bands, Caution performs at the Blue Island Beer Company, 13357 Old Western Ave. 21+. Tickets $10/$15/door  

“Rumble: Indians who Rocked the World,” Weds., Nov. 13, 6pm.  Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St. Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a movie screening from indigenous filmmaker Catherine Bainbridge whose work exposes a critical missing chapter in contemporary music history, how indigenous musicians helped influence popular culture. Free. 312-747-9673. 

BACinemaCoco,” Weds., Nov. 13, 7:30pm. The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., screens a family holiday movie that comes with a lot of ghosts and skeletons, Pixar’s Coco explores the mythology surrounding Dia De Los Muertos. Tickets $6/ $5 BAC members. 773-445-3838, 

Open Outcry’s Harvest Fest & Bazaar: Sat., Nov. 16, 11-5pm. Open Outcry’s, 10934 S. Western, annual holiday bazaar returns for its 3rd year and will feature the best of local businesses and artisans. And while you’re shopping enjoy the exclusive Harvest Fest beer, or a seasonal cocktail with a bowl of artisanal chili. Free admission, 773-629-6055. 

The Road to Now with Bob Crawford & Ben Sawyer: Sun., Nov. 17, 7pm. The Road to Now, a podcast about the history behind important events comes to the Beverly Arts Center for a special live event. Hosts Bob Crawford and Ben Sawyer will be joined by special guest Erin Welsh of “This Podcast Will Kill You”. Tickets: $30/ $27 BAC members773-445-3838, 

BACinema: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles: Weds., Nov. 20, 7:30pm, Beverly Arts Center.  John Hughes was the quintessential Chicago filmmaker, a writer-director who explored the nuances of the Chicagoland area and the character of its people like no other. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987), is a screwball comedy for people from all walks of life. Tickets $6/ $5 BAC members. 773-445-3838, 

CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band: Sat., Nov. 23, 8pm, Beverly Arts CenterC.J. Chenier, a Creole born, musician delivers soulful vocals along with masterful accordion driven Zydeco and Blues at the Beverly Arts Center this month, tickets $30/ $27 BAC members. 773-445-3838, 


Nightlife & Entertainment

BACinema: Chicagoland Shorts, Weds., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. The Chicagoland Shorts Film anthology comes to the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., this month with an all new collection of short films spanning genres and worlds to celebrate the diversity of the Chicagoland experience.  $6/ $5 BAC members,  

Up in Smoke: Sat., Sept. 7 & Sun. Sept. 8. Live music, BBQ and more at Americano’s 1st annual Up in Smoke BBQ festival. Swing by the Americano’s parking lot, 11060 S. Western, for tacos, margaritas, cervezas and performances from local rock bands.  The fest promises to bring a scorching good! $10 for both days. Info: Americano’s Facebook page.  

Friday Night Lites at Cork & Kerry. Every Fri., Sept 6- Oct. 25, 6-9 p.m. Don’t miss the game of the week! The Cork & Kerry will be hosting Friday Night Football watching parties as they cheer on all their favorite local high school teams. $12 buckets of light beer and free pizza at halftime for all those watching.  Family Friendly. Info: @CorkandKerryChicago on Facebook. 

Beverly POV Documentary Screening: Thurs., Sept. 12, 1:30 p.m.  Beverly Branch Library, 1962 W. 95th St., hosts a screening of “306 Hollywood” from filmmakers Elan and Jonathan Bogarin. The film follows the magical-realist excavation of their late grandmother’s home and the things left behind. Free.  

Great Moments in Vinyl: Paul Simon’s Graceland. Fri., Sept. 13, 8 p.m. Join the Beverly Arts Center and Great Moments in Vinyl as they bring the music of Paul Simon to the stage. The evening will feature songs from Simon’s early career in the opening set, and then all the tracks off Graceland” accompanied by a chorus of voices designed to capture the vibrant sounds of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.  $30/ $27 BAC members, 

BACinema: Eleven P.M. Weds., Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. A medley of “sentimentality, spirituality and the supernatural,” and a rare surviving work from pioneering African American independent filmmaker Richard Maurice, this 1928 silent film survives as a surreal melodrama and a love letter to 1920’s Detroit. Co-presented with South Side Projections, this screening at the Beverly Arts Center will feature live musical accompaniment from organist Jay Warren. $6/ $5 BAC members, 

BAC: World Music Festival. Thurs., Sept. 19, 7 p.m. The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events brings this free music festival to the Beverly Arts Center with performances by the Yandong Grand Singers, a choir from China’s Guizhou province, and Lankum, a contemporary folk quartet from Dublin, Ireland.  Free.  Info: 773-445-3838,  

Cork & Kerry Comedy Showcase. Thurs., Sept 19, 8 p.m. The Cork and All That Good Stuff Comedy are bringing local jokes to a local audience with their South Side comedy showcase! Kick back with cold beers, white claws and great laughs. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., seating is first come first served. Free. Info: @allthatgoodstuffshow on Facebook. 

BAC Stand Up Comedy Night. Fri., Sept. 27, 8 p.m. Chicago comedy stars take the stage at the Beverly Arts Center for a night full of hilarity. Join WGN’s Steve Cochran, host of Chicago’s #1 morning radio talk show, John DaCosse, as seen on NBC and Comedy Central, and host Tim Benker as they captivate with comedy for one night only. $30/$27 BAC members, 

Midnight Circus In the Park. Sat., Sept. 28 & Sun., Sept. 29, 2 and 5 p.m. The Midnight Circus returns to Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood, with a wildly eclectic ensemble of acrobats and eccentrics that will defy gravity, tickle the funny bone and tug at the heartstrings. Presented as a part of the City of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theatre. $25, 

Documentary Film: The Area. Sat., Sept 28, 7:30 p.m. PullmanArts presents their 2nd annual documentary film screening at the Beverly Arts Center with “The Area,” the five-year odyssey of a South Side Chicago neighborhood where more than 400 African-American families are being displaced by a multi-billiondollar freight company. Screening followed by a Q&A with filmmakers Deborah Payne and Brian Ashby. $6/$5 BAC members, 

BoundaryDavid Heo Opening Reception. Sat., Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m. Boundary Art Space, 2334 W. 111th Pl., hosts the opening reception for Chicago painter David Heo’s installation “Leviathan,” which explores the complexity of Asian-American identity within American culture and the misunderstood human interactions that one experiences during the night. Exhibit runs through Oct. 26. 

Y-Me Softball Tournament Celebrates 25 Years 

By Kristin Boza 

The Ginger Rugai Y-Me Softball Tournament returns to St. Christina Fields/Mount Greenwood Park, 3724 W. 111th St., for the 25th straight year on Sat., Aug. 24. This annual event raises tens of thousands of dollars in a single year that is gifted directly to a University of Chicago breast cancer researcher, Dr. Kay Macleod. This is one of the most collaborative neighborhood events, and honors the 19th Ward’s former alderman, Ginger Rugai, and the struggle of every breast cancer survivor, their families, and those who have lost their lives to the devasting disease.  

Dr. MacLoed’s U of C research lab works on how the metabolism of cell organelles that break down nutrients is linked to the spread of breast cancer with the aim of finding a way to block cancer from advancing. Funds from last year’s Y-Me Softball tournament paid for a centrifuge, a piece of equipment that’s essential to MacLeod’s research.  

The softball tournament is the brainchild of Kathy O’Shea, a former Rugai staffer and owner of Schools R Us in Mount Greenwood. O’Shea had the idea to honor Rugai’s battle with breast cancer; Rugai is now a 30-year survivor.  

“We had eight teams that first year,” Rugai said.  “I can’t recall how much we raised, but it was a great day and a lot of fun. The next year, we had 16 teams, and now we’ve grown to 64It’s unbelievable. We operate on a very lean budget; only t-shirts, insurance and sanitation are paid for by us — everything else is donated by the great local businesses. We offer food and water and pop to the players; and even the little things like golf carts to get the food to the players on various fields are donated to us by the Ag School and Marist High School. It’s those kinds of little things that make it all work.” 

Despite the fun, the day has a lot of ups and downs for the players and their families. “It’s wonderful to hear the success stories of people who are doing well, but it’s also so sad to hear about the diagnosis of a player or someone’s relative,” Rugai said. “The great thing is to see the families of survivors on the sidelines during our ceremony with tears in their eyes and joy in their hearts. They’ve all fought with their faith and tenacity. It’s also great to see the generosity of the women who play who are just there to support the cause and compete and have fun.” 

Local businesses have been in on the action since the start. This year, Open Outcry brewed a special beer, and the proceeds support breast cancer research, and countless other small businesses have donated money or goods.  

“It is always awesome to see a small business donate to the cause. It means so much and we’re lucky to have so many local supporters,” Rugai said. Another new addition to the event this year is local business associations that are encouraging their members to participate in the Shining a Pink Light on Breast Cancer initiative. The 95th Street Business Association, the Morgan Park Beverly Hills Business Association, and the Mount Greenwood Community and Business Association are all taking part. 

“We can celebrate all the advancements and treatments, but we still can’t celebrate a cure,” Rugai said. “That’s why we’re still moving along to raise money to get that cure.” 

To sign up or donate, go to 

On the Spot 

By Claire O’Malley 

Ohana means “family” and you should definitely bring your family to Ohana Ice & Treats as soon as possible. Ohana is a cute little frozen treats shop near the 103rd Street Metra station.  It’s great for commuters and puts other ice cream shops to shame.  

I recently took the kids that I babysit for there and they loved it! One of them ordered Superman ice cream on a sugar cone and the other got strawberry shaved ice. For those of you who aren’t familiar with shaved ice, it is a​ dessert made of very thin shavings of ice, flavored with syrup or other sweet things. Some shaved ice places that I have been to serve treats that consist of crunchy ice, but Ohana’s shaved ice is more like a giant snowball. They have 24 shaved ice flavors. You can even get more than one flavor on the shaved ice; I love the combination of mango and pineapple!  

When I was looking at the menu, figuring out what delicious treat to order I wish I had skipped lunch and had room to order everything off the menu, which even I would be able to afford. In addition to the shaved ice and ice cream, they serve smoothies and milkshakes and more  

Now, every time I babysit, the kids beg me to take them to Ohana! We love it, and you will too. Ohana is located at 1800 W. 103rd St. 773-253-8533.  

(The Villager’s new teen correspondent, Claire O’Malley is an 8th grader in the Academic Center at Lindblom Math and Science Academy. Her interests include art and theatre, and she has been a student at Second City for several years.)  

Song and Service: Morgan Park Presbyterian Church Welcomes New Music Director 

By Kristin Boza

A church is one of the most beautiful, acoustically attuned places to listen to music. Anyone who has been to a church service knows the importance of the music to the celebration. But what many people may not know is the amount of planning that goes into the service’s music each week. To lead the congregation in its spiritual music, Morgan Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC)11052 S. Longwood Dr., hired Nicole Murray as its new Music Director since Dec. 2018. 

Murray is an accomplished musician and Green Bay, Wisc. native who first came to Chicago when she was accepted into the DePaul University School of Music’s piano program. After earning a BA in Music in 2015, Murray moved to Los Angeles and taught piano with Mixon Music and worked as an accompanist and music director at Calvary Presbyterian Church in LA.  

“This was my first experience being completely in charge of the music, and I realized how much I love this job; I’ve always loved administrative work, and being able to combine that with my musical talents was a perfect fit for me,” she said. 

When Murray moved back to Chicago in 2018 she worked with a variety of piano studios as a teacher, then founded her ownNicole’s Piano Studio. Aside from her duties MPPC, Murray instructs 32 piano students each week.  

At the church Murray is in charge of selecting the weekly music, leading choir rehearsals and directing the choir.  She also hires guest musicians to play at services, and she is responsible for coordinating ongoing community outreach through musical activities. “I collaborate with Pastor Ben [Heimach-Snipes] to plan services that are thoughtful, caring, and meaningful,” she said. “Planning the music in accordance with Pastor Ben’s sermons, in addition to what season we are in, is important because many people connect with scripture through music. I hope to add my own personality to the church community through my background in multiple music genres, and to influence our congregation with my music choices and guide them on their spiritual paths.” 

Since joining the Beverly/Morgan Park community, Murray is impressed with the deeply-rooted traditions in the neighborhood. “I admire that many members of this community have been here for their entire lives and continue to contribute ways to continually improve and enrich their home,” she said. “This tight-knit community has welcomed me with open arms and I can’t express enough how much I appreciate that. I look forward to further immersing myself in the MPPC and Beverly/Morgan Park culture.” 

MPPC is looking ahead to its annual summer concert, Jazz N Q, held on Sun., Aug. 25. Once again, the Lowdown Brass Band will be featured performers, and Murray will also perform with a quartet. For more information on upcoming events and the church, visit 

Beverly CoLab Fitness Festival  

By Kristin Boza 

There’s a Beverly/Morgan Park fitness program for everyone, thanks to the numerous local small businesses that are dedicated to enhancing athleticism, flexibility and health. Jenny Harkins, owner of Treadfit, is bringing the fitness community together in a unique way during the inaugural Beverly CoLab Fitness FestivalSat., Aug. 10, Morgan Park Academy, 2153 W. 111th St. 

Attendees will buy a ticket for $35 ($25 for students age 16 to 21) that gives them the opportunity to choose three 30-minute fitness classes to sample. Between workout sessions, numerous local restaurants, salons and retail businesses will offer samples and a few items for sale for attendees to browse. Additionally, there will be live music, a tennis clinic and a recovery zone. 

“I have learned since opening Treadfit four years ago the importance of building relationships with other business owners and how collaborating and supporting each other can have a positive impact on your business,” Harkins said. “I wanted to create an event that highlights all of the amazing family run businesses in the Beverly area under the umbrella of health and wellness.” 

Participating trainers and fitness studios include: Barre It All, Beverly Barre, Beverly Yoga, Blazin’ Cycle, Core Pilates, Fit Code, Froyo to Fitness, Live and Believe, Monica Bright, Morgan Park Sports Center and Treadfit. 

Participating retailers, restaurants and services include: Bani’s Beets, Belle Up, Beverly Bank, Beverly Ride On, Beverly Tennis, Brow Boutique, Capsule, County Fair, Devin Nutrition, Home Run Inn, Horse Thief Hollow, Impact Physical Therapy, Keir Foot and Ankle Specialists, Little Company of Mary Hospital, Live and Believe (LAB), Marathon Sportswear, Marlo, Mrs. King’s Art Camp, Murray’s Browse and Brew, Nicky’s Grill, Open Outcry, Relaxation Station, Running Excels, Solution Graphics, Southtown Health Foods, Tranquility, True North Acupuncture, Turkey and You Glow Girl. 

All of the vendors will engage attendees in a fun way; for example, Marlo hair stylists will demonstrate how to use dry shampoo, and You Glow Girl is going to demonstrate how to create some fun hair braids.  

“Our area is so lucky to have so many small fitness businesses. When you step out of this neighborhood, it’s all franchises; we have this cool niche going on and we need to continue to highlight all the great things people are doing here in our neighborhood,” Harkins said. 

Harkins isn’t worried about losing her Treadfit clients to a competitor after they sample a new class. “It’s just not my mindset! I feel like when you positively support each other, it creates such a great and positive environment, as well as a better community. Our clients will feel that!” Harkins said. “When I first opened Treadfit, I was hesitant to do things with other gyms, but now I see that we can work together; we even offer reciprocal classes with other studios, like Beverly Yoga.”  

To get your tickets or find out more, visit