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Physical training franchise Fitness Together opened a fitness center in suite 104 at 1221 W. Lake St. this month.

The center offers one-on-one physical training programs for clients young and old. Clients are matched with a personal trainer who helps them achieve mutually established goals using a variety of techniques and equipment.

Prices range from $65 to $80 per 90-minute session.

The center's hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 6:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday.

To set up an appointment, call 822-3448. For more information, check out


A dog and cat supply store called 4 Paws Boutique opened recently on the second floor of Calhoun Square.

The store specializes in clothing for cats and canines, and carries everything from suits and ties to skirts and sweatshirts. Leashes, food and treats are also available. A sign on the door says the shop is the &#8220fun place for urban dogs and cats.”

If you've got a problem pet, consultations with animal communicator, trainer and behavior consultant Marilyn Tokach will be offered March 28 from 4:30-6 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the boutique. Cost is $20 per 15-minute session.

Boutique hours are 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 824-1180 or e-mail [email protected].


Downtown lawyer and Lynnhurst resident Scott Eller recently purchased Ben and Jerry's ice cream parlor at 3070 Excelsior Blvd in Calhoun Commons.

The business is Eller's first. He also took over the Ben and Jerry's kiosk in the Edina Southdale Shopping Center as part of the deal.

Eller said he made the purchase to transform the Calhoun store into a more community-involved operation. After taking over the business in February, he hired 18 local high school students to work at the parlor. Eller said he also wants the business to get involved with local sports teams, parks and other organizations.

&#8220A Ben and Jerry's ice cream store should be a neighborhood gathering place,” he said.

The ice cream parlor has also become a family business for Eller. His daughter, Alicia Eller, 20, manages the Calhoun store and his son, Nico Eller, 18, will work there this summer.

With summer on the way, business at the store is picking up, Eller said. He's still preparing for the chaos of Ben and Jerry's annual Free Cone Day, scheduled for April 17, he said.

Hours at the Calhoun store are currently noon-9 p.m. every day, but will shift to noon-11 p.m. this spring, probably in mid-April, Eller said. A website for the Calhoun store is coming soon. The parlor can be reached at 927-9900.

23rd & LYNDALE

Victor Manuel Valens, founder of Victor's 1959 Caf in Kingfield, plans to open a Cuban-French restaurant called Vic's Caf Cubain in Le Parisien Flats and Marketplace, a new condo development near completion at 23rd Street and Lyndale Ave.

A bakery, international deli and specialty wine and food shop would join the restaurant. Together, the businesses would be called Rue Cubain, Spanish for Cuban Street.

Valens lost his first restaurant in a recent divorce, but said he wanted to keep cooking in the area.

&#8220I've got to move on, but this is what I do,” he said. &#8220And I've set roots in this neighborhood.”

Valens, known for his authentic Cuban dishes, said the new restaurant would feature some similar offerings to those served at Victor's along with new entrees focused on seafood. Organic ingredients would also be a key element, he said, and the menu would highlight the French influence on Cuban food.

Valens said he signed a letter of intent for business space on two floors of Le Parisien Flats and Marketplace, a 13-unit French-themed development scheduled to open this spring.