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Owning a gym is something Joe Balfanz has always wanted to do. The 1993 Hudson High School graduate and his wife Melanie purchased St. Croix Body Zone on Oct. 1. It was formerly located at 131 Carmichael Road. This week it reopened at 2000 O'Neil Road. Balfanz and his brother, Jeremy, own and operate Unlimited Carpentry Services, a general construction firm. As a result Balfanz did all of his own build-out and construction at the new location. The results are noticeable the moment you walk in the door.
Sun Control: The name pretty much spells out the service. The company recently opened a Hudson location, with Hudson native Brian Rosenberger as the general manager. Controlling the power of sunlight, whether it be the heat generated, the ultraviolet exposure or glare (aesthetics), is its goal. Sun Control is a St. Paul based company with locations in Eden Prairie, Rochester, La Crosse and now Hudson. Window tinting is its focus on commercial and residential properties as well as cars. Hudson is the first Wisconsin location to do on site window tinting for cars.
I already had a good start on my column for this week before I attended this year's Veterans Day program. Stop reading and turn to Commander Charles Altman's speech on page 2-3A. It is an important message. (Note: Some of the speech has been excerpted and apperas in the attached online link as well.) Not only did he share with humor his personal story but painted a bigger and brighter picture of the United States than a lot of fellow citizens believe. Take the time. The journey In late October I found myself traveling the complete 390-mile length of the state of Illinois.
Bob, the oldest of the Mueller brothers, was the first one to get involved with martial arts, while the family still lived in Eagan, Minn. That was in 1989. Jeff and Joel each started taking karate when they were 12 and nine respectively. The family had moved to Baldwin by that time. "It was something that kept them straight and taught them responsibility," said Bob, of his brothers. "When you are a kid in this environment there is always an adult with you," said Jeff. "When I was a kid it helped my focus," said Joel.
Curves is celebrating 10 years in Hudson. Dar Goulett, who recently purchased the Hudson franchise, is a believer. She is the third owner of the business and has owned a Curves franchise in a different location. Goulett, a River Falls native, is excited about the new program Curves is offering its clients. CurvesSmart allows clients to track their progress over time and at each station. The Curves concept, for women only, provides a 30-minute workout at 13 stations. The stations are hydraulic so you create your own workout based on your abilities.
There is a new local business on Vine Street. Deirdre Worrell, a Wisconsin/Minnesota state-licensed audiologist and speech and language pathologist, published children's book author, and 16-year Hudson native, has opened a Hudson office for her company, North Ridge Hearing. North Ridge Hearing is the second phase of a successful business started in Pepin where the first office for North Ridge Hearing sits next to the Worrell family-owned ice cream shop, Hear it Melt. The Worrells opened both businesses in July of this year.
Kim Schaffer, a Twin Cities native, has spent most of her professional life in Wisconsin, including the last four years in River Falls. "I love to sew," said Schaffer, who recently opened a branch of her River Falls' business, Custom Needle Alterations, in Hudson. She has been doing alterations, repair work and taking measurements for over 25 years, most of it in Eau Claire for clients such as Dayton's, J.C. Penney's and Scheels Sports. "When I started to serve the Lord, I thought a good Christian must be able to sew," said Schaffer.
Debbie Townsend, an aquatic therapist and founder of the Clownfish Swim Club in the Twin Cities, is bringing her unique vibrancy to Hudson. She will be offering swim classes and lessons Tuesday through Sunday beginning in November.
Women United for Liberty grew out of one woman's need to see a change. Dianne Joachim, owner of Bear Buddies and co-owner of Kaladi's Gourmet Café, decided it was time to shake things up. "I called my friend Annette Olson and she was ready," said Joachim, who together with Olson founded the group in April of this year. "We meet every two weeks, have over 100 members and usually we have at least 40 in attendance at each meeting." The meetings usually last about two hours.
Cindi Began is a physical therapist by training and education. Since her graduation from the University of Alabama, she has never stopped learning new ways to help people heal, get in shape and establish new patterns of wellness. "As a P.T. I had to take continuing education classes so I took one on Pilates," said Began. "After taking the class I was convinced this is what everybody needs -- patients and everybody else. I was sold: hook, line and sinker." "These exercises help stabilize and prevent injury," continued Began.