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Gym entrepreneur trying south side of Rock Hill

A new Workout Anytime Gym is scheduled to open next month on East Main Street in Rock Hill.
A new Workout Anytime Gym is scheduled to open next month on East Main Street in Rock Hill. WORKOUT ANYTIME

Is watching your favorite television show from your couch keeping you from exercising?

If so, Nach Banwari has the answer – watch it from one of the treadmills at his Workout Anytime Gym that’s coming to Rock Hill.

At 26, Banwari says, he has eight years of entrepreneurial experience – from college and an internship with IBM, to working at Wells Fargo for the past five years.

But Banwari wants to be his own boss. He started looking at franchise opportunities and was attracted to Workout Anytime Gym, which is open 24/7.

“It’s a low-budget, high-value gym,” he said.

Memberships are $15 a month, or $25 for a premium membership, which includes the use of tanning beds, HydroMassage, reACT training and a monthly fitness evaluation.

Banwari is hoping location works to his advantage. He’s opening up on the south side of Rock Hill in the former Dollar General store, 1347 E. Main St., near Bi-Lo.

He wants his location to become a neighborhood gym, drawing customers from 2 to 3 miles around.

For information go to workoutanytime.com/locations/rock-hill, find the gym on Facebook, or call 803-820-9466.

The gym is pre-registering members in anticipation of opening in mid-November.

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▪ It’s Only Paint, a new Rock Hill business, has partnered with Two Social Butterflies Gift Boutique and Nova’s Bakery for step-by-step painting parties.

An It’s Only Paint artist instructs a class in which each person paints his own canvas. No two look alike, and you get to take your creation home when you’re done.

It’s Only Paint offers adult classes in which customers can enjoy wine or coffee, depending on the venue, as well as classes for children.

A schedule of upcoming events can be found at itsonlypaintsc.com. Cost is $35 per adult and $25 per child.

▪ The Carolina Show Ski Team’s new Board of Directors for the 2016 season are president Ernie Riddle; vice president Dave LaValley; show director Erin Brock; marketing director Rebecca Brusch; public relations director Cara Ancevic; equipment director Rick Kara; finance director Ron Ancevic; and secretary Tammy LaValley.

For information about the Carolina Show Ski Team, call Brusch or go to CarolinaShowSki.org.

▪ Patrick Guilbaud has joined Winthrop University’s Graduate School as director of adult programs to create more opportunities for adult students.

Guilbaud has been meeting with faculty members and administrators to plan non-credit programs and certificates for professional development. The four- to six-week sessions might cover such topics as social media, social work, arts administration, travel and Southern history.

Guilbaud comes from Stetson University, where he was a visiting scholar and assistant professor in information systems. He holds a doctoral degree in instructional technology, master’s degrees in business administration and systems engineering from the University of Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida.

▪ Giti Tire has released its new GT Radial MAXTOUR All Season passenger tire. Similar tires are scheduled for production at Giti’s Richburg plant in Chester County once it opens late next year.

Giti says its new tire offers outstanding mileage, sure-footed all season traction and a quiet, comfortable ride. The limited tread wear warranty is 60,000 miles. Giti is also offering 24-hour roadside assistance for two years from the date of purchase, and a road hazard warranty. The new tire is available in 44 sizes for 13- to 16-inch rims and fits most popular sedans, including the Chrysler 200, Ford Focus, and Honda Civic and Accord.

▪ The South Chamber of Commerce recently honored 47 legislators with its Business Advocates Award. Regional winners were state Reps. Greg Delleney and MaryGail Douglas of Chester County and state Reps. Gary Simrill, Ralph Norman and Raye Felder of York County.

Each legislative session, the chamber tracks votes on key business issues to determine an overall score for each member of the General Assembly. This year, the chamber weighted the issues on importance to the business climate and economic competitiveness. In 2015, the Chamber tracked key votes on infrastructure, workforce development, tort reform, workers’ compensation reform and unsafe used tires. For more information, go to the chamber’s scorecard at scchamber.net.

Calendar

▪ Oct. 27 – A Woman’s Business seminar is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Winthrop University. The seminar is for female business owners and managers, nonprofit directors, and aspiring female entrepreneurs looking for mentoring, business advice, suggestions and creative input. Cost is $35 per person and includes a boxed lunch. To register, go to winthropregionalsbdc.org. This event is sponsored by the Winthrop Region Small Business Development Center, Winthrop’s College of Business, and Carolina Recruitment.

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