Iron-Bound Gym wins chamber's Health Promoter Award

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James City County’s Iron-Bound Gym was recently honored by the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance as the winner of its second annual Health Promoter Award.

The award recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that promote healthy lifestyles and well-being in the community, according to a news release from the Chamber and Tourism Alliance. Other nominees for the award included Literacy for Life, Dr. Ronald Grossman, MD at Olde Towne Medical Center and Cycling Without Age.

York County-based contractor Henderson Inc. won the award last year, according to a past Virginia Gazette report.

The winner was decided by the Alliance’s health committee, according to the release, which has been soliciting nominees from chamber members for the past few months. The locally owned and operated gym, located in New Town, was nominated by local resident Marjorie Thrash.

“Iron-Bound Gym consistently supports health-related and athletic events for all ages throughout Williamsburg,” Thrash said. “The gym also provides affordable memberships, daily passes, fitness classes, and a welcoming environment for people of every age. I suspect that they sponsor more communitywide events than any other gym in Williamsburg.”

Iron-Bound Gym offers fitness classes including yoga, pilates, zumba and stationary bike classes at all experience levels, according to the release, along with personal trainers to help members reach either strength and fitness goals. Scott Grafton, the gym’s owner, also won the chamber’s 2018 Small Business of the Year Award in May.

For more information about the gym, visit ironboundgym.com.

The sun hadn’t yet risen, but about 70 area residents flocked to the new Publix grocery store at its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony early Wednesday morning.

County resident Linda Bull was first in line for the opening, and said she got to the store at 4:15 a.m. Bull and others in line for the opening agreed that they were eager to see the store open in James City County’s Monticello Marketplace shopping center.

James City County residents Jim and Cathy Coppinger were also among the first in line for the store opening, and said they ordered Publix t-shirts to wear to the opening to show their love for the Florida-based supermarket chain.

“We lived in Florida for 20 years and we shopped at Publix, and we used to go to Richmond to shop at Publix when the Martin’s left, so we’re very excited that they decided to come here,” Cathy Coppinger said. “Every time that there’s something on Facebook about the store, I’m like, ‘We need you in Williamsburg, come to Williamsburg.’”

Jim Icenhour, vice chairman of the county’s Board of Supervisors, said he was happy to see the grocery store fill the 62,000-square-foot retail space that was left empty after Martin’s moved out of the county last year.

The store is open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit publix.com/locations/1635-monticello-marketplace or call 757-564-5902.

Colonial Williamsburg and Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, its brokerage and leasing agent for all of its holdings in Merchants Square, are requesting redevelopment proposals for the Goodwin Building in the city’s downtown.

Developers are invited to submit long-term lease proposals detailing their reuse plans of the Goodwin Building on North Henry Street, according to a news release. The 30,000-square-foot building was used as Colonial Williamsburg’s administrative headquarters from 1940 to early 2018, when it moved its offices to the Bruton Heights Education Center on 1st Street.

Proposed developments will have be in accordance with the city’s Architectural Review Board guidelines, and should align with the city’s downtown vibrancy goals, according to the release. All proposals will be reviewed by Colonial Williamsburg’s Real Estate Department and subject to approval by its senior leadership, according to the release.

Dawn F. Griggs, SIOR and Drew Haynie of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer are leading the assignment on behalf of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

For more information about the property, visit thalhimer.com/properties/colonial-williamsburgs-the-goodwin-building

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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