Move at Scio Towne Plaza
A juice bar and other changes by Quality 16
by Sally Mitani
From the April, 2014 issue
Elaine Economou opened Move in the plaza in front of the Quality 16 movie theater. Move is more or less the new incarnation of the former Movement Center above Cafe Zola, owned by Aimee McDonald-Anderson, where Economou was a trainer. Now they've flipped roles. McDonald-Anderson will join the rest of the Movement Center training staff, teaching Pilates and Gyrotonics (a similar trademarked exercise system), working for Economou and business partner Robin Krienke.
On March 5, Economou was surrounded by carpenters and painters, nervous about the March 6 building inspection, since she had scheduled a grand opening on March 8. But she said Gyrotonics was getting her through it: "I'm doing it in the Coffee House Creamery [a few doors down]: 'Stay connected to the breath ...'"
What makes this of retail note is that the lobby of Move is a juice bar featuring "three juices, three smoothies, all healthful and delicious. I used to manage the Chelsea Farmers Market, and I'm good friends with Tantre Farms," so she's all over local sourcing. As the weather warms, she'll be serving salads and eventually "refrigerator oatmeal" from Susan Todoroff's Juicy Kitchen, a recipe being developed especially for Move. She will also be selling several lines of high-fashion workout wear. A few of them are elegant enough to double as evening wear, like an asymmetrical black sleeveless top by Wellicious.
Move is in the newly created Suite K, carved out of the back part of Expressions Design Center, which in early March had posted a "closed for remodeling" sign. "We're in the process of deciding how to move forward," says owner Toula Georgakas.
Another store in the plaza, Foot Solutions, has closed. "From what I understand, their lease ran out," says Donna English, at Foot Solutions' corporate office in Georgia. "They decided they didn't want to be there anymore."
Move, 3780 Jackson Road, Suite K, 761-2306. Retail hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. movewellness.com
[Originally published in April, 2014.]