Koko FitClub now open
At Koko FitClub, the personal trainers are in the technology.
Billed as “the world’s first and only automated personal training studio,” Koko opened a location in Matthews in late November at 3022 Weddington Road, suite 200, near Harris Teeter. The gym is the second Koko location for owners and business partners Rob Calder and Keith Greenspon, who opened their first Koko gym almost a year ago off Colony Road in south Charlotte. The two are childhood friends and graduates of East Mecklenburg High School. Calder is a home builder and Greenspon is in the health insurance industry. And they’ve both always been passionate about fitness, Calder said.
Part of a Boston-based national franchise, Koko uses computer-assisted machines to create customized workouts for its members and tracks their progress. Before each workout session, members are encouraged to step on the Koko FitCheck machine, which measures lean muscle mass and other basic body stats. The computers connected to each workout machine use that information and any previous workout results to tailor a new workout on a weight machine, treadmill or elliptical. Koko means “individual attention” in Japanese.
“The entire premise is to give you maximum results in a minimum amount of time. Our workouts are designed to get you in and out in 30 minutes or less,” Calder said. “This system adjusts to your weekly changes in body composition. And it’s easy to use. With a little bit of practice and guidance from (staff), you can literally do everything on your own,” he said, noting the “Smart Trainer” weight machine offers about 100 different exercises. Members get their own private Koko webpage to track their progress and emails designed to motivate.
Companion online nutritional guidance for members, called Koko Fuel, will begin Feb. 4.
Memberships start at $79 a month for a one-year contract. And right now, there’s no joining fee for new Matthews members, Calder said. Members can workout at either area location.
Koko FitClub is open Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free trials are available.
For more information, call 704-845-9878 or visit www.matthews.kokofitclub.com.
Dynasty Cuisine closes
Dynasty Cuisine, 1709 Matthews Township Pkwy., in Matthews has closed.
Chef Joe Lam opened the authentic Chinese eatery in November 2011 in the same location as his former Buffet Dynasty, which served customers in Matthews from 1999 to August 2011.
The restaurant announced the closing Jan. 10 on its Facebook page. Lam could not be reached by press time.
Win $50 at Kirkland’s grand opening
National home décor retailer Kirkland’s will host a grand opening for its Matthews location Saturday, Feb. 2 and Sunday, Feb. 3 where visitors can register to win one of two $50 store gift cards.
The 9,000-square-foot store at 1834 Matthews Township Pkwy., next to Target and A.C. Moore, welcomed its first customers in late November.
The center is owned by Cortland, Ohio-based Ross Development Corp. A 20,523 square-foot space between A.C. Moore and the future Kirkland’s is still available for lease, according to the Ross Development Corp. website. The center attracts an estimated 28,000 vehicles per day, according to the website.
Grand opening activities will run during normal store hours: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday with free design consultations by interior designer Carol Smith from 1 to 4 p.m. both days. Smith owns Creative Home Stagers in Mint Hill.
Free business seminar
Central Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center will offer a free seminar Monday, Feb. 4 titled “Low Cost, No Cost Methods to Create an Effective Web Presence.”
The seminar, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be held at the Levine Campus in Matthews, 2800 Campus Ridge Road. Small business owners will learn how to use search engines and how to take advantage of free tools from Google, Yahoo! and MSN.
To register, visit www.cpcc.edu/sbc or call 704-330-4223.