After spending 10 years as a fitness instructor with the Canadian Armed Forces in Victoria, Megan Larsen is in the process of setting up her own health and fitness operation in Nanaimo specifically geared for mothers and families.
Larsen is the owner of the city's new Hot Mama Health & Fitness, which she said provides a fun, family-friendly environment where "busy mamas" can focus on fitness without having to worry about childcare.
It's the third Hot Mama business on Vancouver Island and the only one in the Nanaimo region.
Larsen said she decided to take on the role after beginning a family of her own.
She said the business is "mobile" for now and she has signed a contract with the City of Nanaimo to hold sessions in city park locations.
"One of our favourite programs is Tag Out, in which mothers and their children meet at certain times; half work out while the other half take care of the kids and then they switch," Larsen said.
"Moms love the flexibility that this provides them and the concept is booming in Victoria. I grew up in Lantzville, so it's great to have an opportunity to move back home and begin my own business."
For more information, check out www.hotmamahealthandfitness.ca.
FAITH IN THE ISLAND
TJ McClure has great faith in the economic future of Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.
The entrepreneur is opening the Island's first LGI Industrial & Construction Supplies on Northfield Road on June 20 and has future plans of opening more branches of the franchise in Victoria, Campbell River and other locations as demand arises.
LGI, which began in Maple Ridge more than 10 years ago and is now expanding across the country, has established itself as a world class premier distributor of fasteners, abrasives, cutting tools, safety supplies, welding equipment and other construction and industrial supplies.
McClure said Nanaimo is an ideal location to open LGI's first Vancouver Island location because of its central location and proximity to a number of upcoming major industrial projects, including B.C. Hydro's $1.35-billion project to replace the John Hart generating station project in Campbell River.
He said he also expects business from local municipalities, hospitals and contractors.
"I have the rights for LGI for the whole Island and I'm confident of its success here and that's why I've invested so much into this," McClure said.
"My wife is from Nanaimo and I grew up on the Island so we see it as returning home."
BUY A PAPER HAMMER
Customers at Nanaimo's Home Depot store are invited to purchase a $2 paper hammer until July 3 with all proceeds going to support programs at the city's Haven House, an organization that provides services to women, youth and families who have experienced violence.
Spokeswoman Peg Hunter said that this is the seventh annual "Buy a Hammer, Build Our Community" campaign by the Home Depot Canada Foundation to help support the housing needs of Canada's youth.
In all, more than 1.2 million paper hammers have been sold across Canada since the campaign began, with all funds raised by the individual stores staying in their communities.
'The foundation believes safe, stable and affordable housing matters," Hunter said.
ODDS AND ENDS
. Ohana's Cafe and Bakery is now open on Bowen Road next to Piper's Meats.
Krista Bryce, Daily News / Megan Larsen, franchise owner of Hot Mama Health and Fitness Nanaimo, seen here with her daughter Avery, 1, and son Mason, 2 1-2, hopes to encourage other moms to get moving with their children.;
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