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New Businesses in Westminster

Stop in and welcome Westminster's new businesses.

Two new businesses have popped up in Westminster and both have to do with looking good, just in time for summer.

Sports Clips hair salon has opened a new location at 625 Baltimore Blvd (the shopping center where Pet Smart is) in Westminster. According to the website, Sports Clips is the place for men to get a new 'do'.

They advertise that in only 20 minutes, visitors can enjoy sports on TV, a relaxing neck and shoulder massage, steamed towel treatment, and a haircut from "Guy-Smart" stylists who specialize only in men's and boys' hair care.

Tell us in the comments: what new businesses you would like to see in Westminster.

But before you get the hair done, consider breaking a sweat with Dani Knight, owner of Dani K Gym & Wellness, a new gym opening at the end of April. The gym is located at 332 140 Village Road (behind Starry Night Bakery).

According to the website, Dani K will offer personal training, group training, nutrition consulting, massage therapy and tanning. The gym will be open 24/7.

Cosmopolitan April 18, 2012 at 10:33 AM
How is a new gym going to make it while a taxpayer funded gym is in direct competition (Westminster family center) ? The City of Westminster should not be providing duplicated services, especially in competition with local businesses.
Kym Byrnes (Editor) April 18, 2012 at 02:13 PM
@Cosmopolitan, thanks for sharing your thoughts! My two cents on this is that the Family Center is catering to a different crowd and is offering slightly different services than what Dani K intends to offer. There are a handful of thriving gyms in Westminster: the Y, Thrive, Gold's, Westminster Family Fitness, Retribution--and I believe they each have a unique focus in what they offer, i.e. how they will work your body and what extras are involved (classes, childcare, hours, tanning, massage, personal training, etc...).
RJ Teich April 18, 2012 at 02:33 PM
We could REALLY use a Junior's cheesecake place! :-) And Wegman's; Westminster NEEDS a Wegman's STAT!!!
Cosmopolitan April 18, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Kym, you miss the point. City government should be in competition with free enterprise. The gym is not an essential service like public safety or fire protection. Also, are you saying that the other local gyms can't or won't provide the same programs as the taxpayer subsidized family center?
Cosmopolitan April 18, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Correction, City government should not be in competition with free enterprise. Sorry
Bob Lord April 18, 2012 at 06:59 PM
The Carroll County YMCA is a charitable organization that has many programs that benefit the community as a whole. The gym is only a small part of many. The funding comes from many sources such as corporate and local business sponsors. I am sure that the taxpayer subsidized is only a small part. My family and I have been members for years, and feel it is a essential part of our community. The Carroll County YMCA does not turn anyone away, whether or not they can afford a membership.
Dani Knight April 18, 2012 at 09:08 PM
I would like to say that my gym is and will be more than just the average gym that is here in Westminster. I have been working in the local gyms and doing personal traing and nutrition for 19years. I am a 24/7 gym providing 1 on 1 personal training, team training to be affordable and nutrition classes. First, I would like to say that w this being a free country I and any one else should be allowed to open and start their own business. I am using my own money to finance this venture. Also, I would like to add, i lost my mom in '09 to Lung Cancer. I am very involved w Relay For Life and I will be donating $1 for every new member I get and a portion of my monthly proceeds will be donated as well. I don't know of any gym in this area that does that. And in fact I would love to challenge the gyms to do so.
Lynette Stupi April 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM
As the owner of Thrive Studio, a 30 year vet in the fitness biz, & taxpayer, I agree with Cosmo. The gov’t certainly holds the potential to under-cut free enterprise. Their operating costs are covered by us (taxpayers) so they can charge pennies for memberships/classes; ultimately hurting small businesses . All economic levels are open to use the Family Center, you don’t have to be at a certain income level - so it does impact gyms like mine & Dani’s - people still price shop. As an advocate for fitness, I am happy that "discounted programs” are available for those who CAN’T afford a gym. Just like welfare, there are people who need it and I'm happy to contribute as a taxpayer. From my perspective, it stinks being in price competition with something I am funding. What if the local gov't opened hair salons and charged $1/haircut? Beauty shop owners would feel the pinch, and no new ones would consider opening - hence impacting economy. Like Dani, I opened Thrive on my own bank account. Dani & I are highly experienced professionals who put it all on the line to do what we are passionate about it with no "parent companies" backing us like the local rec depts, Y, & large chains. The local gov't needs to be sensitive to their pricing when they mix with free enterprise, no mater what the endeavor, if they want to see economic growth continue & offer the discounts to those who NEED it (plus it might be a better way manage our tax money).
Lynette Stupi April 20, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Hi Dani & congrats again - Challenge accepted! Thrive studio, has been open less than a year and has both donated to and held a charitable events EVERY month, raising thousands of dollars in it’s short existence. Whether it’s been by contributing to the Starry Night gala to support Carroll Hospital, The Chocolate Ball, Rape Crisis, the animal shelter or school fundraisers, Thrive seeks community benefit. Within our own four walls, Thrive has raised funds through Zumbathon’s for Breast Cancer honoring local survivors & to collect supplies for the Westminster Homeless Shelter & Shepherd’s Staff; contributed to Carroll County Arts Council events; held a Go-Red fitness marathon for the American Heart Association and now currently holding a silent auction to benefit the Maryland Kidney Foundation in honor of one of our clients who is a transplant recipient and our instructors who donated the kidney to her – now that’s charity! So yes, Dani, we small gyms CAN make a difference in a community – we see it everyday at Thrive Studio! Best wishes again - so happy for you!
Lynette Stupi April 20, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Second on that Wegmans!
Kym Byrnes (Editor) April 20, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Lynette, thanks for weighing in and a super-huge thanks for all you do in the community! Sounds like you already are, and Dani's gym will be soon enough, making a huge impact in our community, beyond just helping people become physically healthy. Patch loves our local small business owners :)
Ed April 21, 2012 at 02:44 AM
So let me get this straight. By my account in the Westminster area there are four locally owned private fitness centers and one national chain in addition to the city facility and the y. And the private sector is being hurt badly by this how? Will they offer low cost after school programs for kids like the Westminster municipal facility?Do they offer sports like soccer, t-ball, basketball and lacrosse like the Y? Not to mention the myriad youth sports programs offered by rec councils on county- and municipal-owned land? Cosmo, if you don't like the competition, either move to a town/county that doesn't compete with the private sector in the recreation/gym/wellness market or vote in people who want to eliminate those programs -- assuming you can get the majority of voters to agree with you.
Ed April 21, 2012 at 02:48 AM
We better close down public pools too. And Baltimore City and County and Frederick County and others better close down all those publically operated golf courses, too. Forget that economic development studies have shown that many times companies like to move to areas that have recreational opportunities for their executive AND their rank-and-file workers.
Jane April 23, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Why did Sport Clips move in the first place? Just curious.
Ed April 24, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Three guesses: better visibility on140, better deal on the rent and/or desire by Cranberry Square management to free up the spcae. The've done alot of shifting around since Jos. A Bank moved in and the liquor store moved to the middle of the shopping center.
Ed April 24, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Here's when we will get a Wegman's: When our population and demographics are similar to Fredserick's OR when the have built stores in all of the large population centers then start to fill in smaller communities. Remember we didn't have a Safeway here until around 1980 (version 1.0) and again in the late 90s (version 2.0) and we never had a (Maryland) Giant until Craberry Square opened about 20 years ago. Remember that they have only been in the Baltimore/DC market for about 5 years and only hgave a handful of stores in this region. Their first targets will be densely populated and financially stable suburban communities like Hunt Valley, Owings Mills, Columbia, Annapolis and Severna Park in the Baltimore market and places like Frederick, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring, Landover, Fiarfax, Alexandria and Tyson's around DC. Then and only then will they start hitting Bel Air, Westminster, White Marsh, Catonville and such around Baltimore.

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