On Tuesday, December 2, not one, but two businesses held grand openings in Warburg: Gypsy’s Edge and 5220 Fitness.
Warburg Mayor Ralph van Assen along with CAO Chris Pankewitz welcomed the businesses with gift baskets as friends and villagers looked on. To any prospective businesses, the mayor has this to say, “Warburg is open for business. Bring your ideas and we will work with you.”
Deanna Whitelock, owner of Gypsy’s Edge hair services, is no stranger to Warburg. For sixteen years, Deanna’s Cutting Edge salon offered satisfied customers a variety of hair services, product and tanning. Four years ago, she put down her scissors to pursue a university education.
Now, Deanna is back thanks to what she describes as a, “passion for hair.” Gypsy’s Edge offers the finest in hair services as well as tanning. Deanna brings professional expertise that is second to none in larger urban centres—she has been a colour rep for Paul Mitchell, a platform artist, and has studied with LAKMÉ Inspired Hair Care in Barcelona, Spain. Her speciality is colouring.
Gypsy’s Edge is located at 51 Street and 51 Ave. Hours are Tuesday to Saturday from “9 in the morning to 6-ish, depending.”
Dwayne and Laurie Mayr are the proud owners of 5220 Fitness located at the rear of 5220-50 Ave. to the west of the Warburg Village Office. A lot of local interest has been shown for the fitness centre and Dwayne believes this fitness centre will be good for the community.
“We offer flexibility—you can work the circuit training at your own pace. And we offer accessibility.”
Clients have extended access to free weights, Bowflex and hydraulic resistance machines from 6 AM until 10 PM thanks to a keyless entry system.
The self-guided circuit training features lively music with cues to help keep track of time— three times around on ten machines and clients will have had a good 30-minute cardio-muscle workout and stretch.
“This is good for all levels as you can take it as fast or as slow as you wish. It’s worry-free, too, because the machines put you in the right position for safe movement,” Mayr assured. There are mats and balls available as well as equipment designed for a cardio workout; elliptical, treadmill, and a stair machine.
Dwayne is a certified Aerobics Instructor and Fitness Trainer and member of the International Fitness Association (IFA).
“We hope to have classes at some point; restorative yoga is a possibility in the new year,” said Dwayne.
Rates vary from drop-in, 1 month, 3 months and 1 year. And special rates, like family rates, will be offered from time to time.
Leduc County Division 6 Councillor, Glenn Belozer attended the Grand Opening. “This is a nice facility and a convenient place for county residents to work out and keep in shape,” he said, reflecting on the benefit to area residents. “It all helps the mind and soul.”
Clientele may register at the Auxilium Alliance Corporation (AAC), which is also owned by the Mayrs. AAC is a Ground Disturbance and Safety Consultant business located at the front of the 5220-50 Ave. building.
Mayor van Assen is not the only one rolling out the welcome mat for new businesses. Warburg Councillor Tina Smith shares the vision.
“Council is open to anything new,” said Smith. “Warburg is doing great! We are seeing a lot of positiveness and we are growing! This is an exciting time to be on Council. We want to embrace anything that brings people and business!”
Pictured: Dwayne Mayr cuts the ribbon at the Grand Opening of 5220 Fitness on December 2, 2014. Welcoming the business to Warburg (L – R) is Mayor Ralph van Assen, Leduc County Division 6 Councillor Glenn Belozer, and Warburg Councillor Tina Smith, with owners Dwayne and Laurie Mayr. Photo by Linda Steinke