FAIR HAVEN: FITNESS, FASHION AND FLOWERS

lisa tave 052915Lisa Tave shows off the gym bag she created, which gave rise to her new shop of the same name: Physhion. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven’s quaint downtown saw the debuts of a pair of fresh retail faces last month:

Physhion, a boutique specializing in workout wear that doubles as all-day clothing.

• The Pink Peony, a flowers-and-gifts shop that also offers party-planning services.

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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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SWEATING IT OUT AT RIVERSIDE

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Outdoor Fit, a free, all-ages workout program, returned to Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park for its second year earlier this month.

redbankgreen photo intern Stacie Fanelli was there Wednesday night to catch the  action.

(More photos after the jump. Click pix to enlarge)

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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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