RED BANK: GIRLY DRESSES, BARRE WORKOUTS

Monmouth Street will soon welcome a boutique for young girls, specializing in dresses and gowns for special occasions. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Two new businesses plan to call Red Bank home in coming months: a dress shop for teens-and-unders called Angel’s Gowns, and Pure Barre, a fitness club.

Each will take over a space that’s been vacant for more than half a decade.

ANGEL’S GOWNS

The storefront at 71 Monmouth Street, next door to David Levin Salon, will soon be filled with gowns specially made for all the milestones in a young girl’s life.

Owner Maria Paganoni, a fashion designer, moved to Red Bank three years ago from Mexico, where she worked for a clothing company that catered to little girls. She decided to put that passion to work here.

“I think it is necessary to have something like this,” said Paganoni. “There is not anything around the area like this.” Read More »

PUB CRAWL? WHY NOT A FITNESS CRAWL?

Synergy Hot Yoga in Fair Haven, above, is among the stops on a “fitness crawl” organized by Jessica Dalmedo, below. (Photo above by Connor Soltas. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Ah yes, the pub crawl: a moveable feast of overindulgence, debauchery and morning-after regret. Jessica Dalmedo of Freshica’s Juice Bar in Fair Haven has turned the concept around, into something that is good for the body and soul.

Her fitness crawl, slated for this Sunday, enables participants to check out specialized gyms and workout facilities without entering into a contract or shelling out big bucks for a membership – and to try them all a single sweep.

Okay, so there may be some morning-after regrets.

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THIRD GENERATION SETS UP SHOP IN MALL

Sandi Vilacoba demonstrates a core-strengthening device in her new Pilates studio at the Fair Haven Shopping Center. Below, Vilacoba and her grandmother, Ofelia Schwarz, who owns the center. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

A drive down River Road in Fair Haven, with its quaint mom-and-pop shops, can be something of an escape from mainstream consumerism.

But even the borough’s most prominent strip mall, the Fair Haven Shopping Center, anchored by an Acme supermarket, has a family story to it. The Schwarz family’s story.

After nearly a decade of teaching Pilates elsewhere in Monmouth County, Sandi Vilacoba opened her own classical Pilates studio, dubbed The Pilates Project, over Memorial Day weekend. With that, the third generation of her family cemented its ties to the center.

“My grandparents immigrated from Cuba to Fair Haven in 1960 with nothing and built a business from scratch,” said Vilacoba, of Belmar.

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GOING HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH BRAIN DISEASE

Carol Schulte during one of her regular workouts earlier this week.  (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

Sixteen years ago, Carol Schulte, an aerobic-dancing instructor and all-around fitness nut, walked into a doctor’s office to get an explanation for her stiff arm and inability to hold a cup of coffee to her lips. She walked out with an incurable, lifelong illness.

Afterward, she took a final run down the ski slopes of Vermont.

“That was a pity party,” she said.

But since then, she’s has had little time to feel sorry for herself.

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BOOT CAMP ON THE BLUFFS

work-out-2Organizers hope to get 100 people out for a free workout at Riverside Gardens Park Monday night. (Photos by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge)

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Who needs a gym when you have Riverside Gardens Park?

The Red Bank slice-o-heaven overlooking our beautiful Navesink River has quietly become home to a series of boot-camp style fitness classes for all.

Every Monday night in July, trainers from Outdoor Fit in Tinton Falls have been putting on a free community workout in the park. The last one attracted several dozen people willing to bend, stretch and lift, al fresco, for an hour as sunset approached.

For the next one, on July 19, they’re hoping to attract 100 participants.

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