As of today, we've heard of four new businesses that have officially opened:
The Foundry (730 S. Clark)
Back in February we did a post on the new CrossFit gym that was opening up in Printers Row. Fast forward to June and they're officially. For those who don't know what CrossFit is (our hand is raised as well) here is a quick summary from their website:
CrossFit is a fitness program designed around the things you do in the real world. Every day, we ask our bodies to move in countless different ways. We bend down and pick things up, we put things over our heads, squat down, stand up, and run after the bus or chase down a cab. CrossFit utilizes movements from weightlifting, gymnastics, and sports conditioning that improve these real-life activities and performs them in endless variety and at high intensity. In turn, your body is always adapting, getting stronger, faster, better conditioned over a period of months and years.
Urban Grocers (729 S. State)
Not to be confused with Urban Pantry (730 S. Clark), Urban Grocers is a similar type of convenience store that is four streets to the East. Interesting that both to of these stores opened with similar names and similar locations. However, if there is one thing we've seen in the past...there is always demand for convenience stores.
Smoothies / DQ Luxury Relaxation Retreat (910 S. Michigan)
Out of the blue, two store fronts popped up on Michigan avenue recently:
We've kept our eye on these places and have seen people inside the smoothie store. It appears to be similar to the popular smoothie places in Chinatown. Has anyone tried this?
Finally, stay tuned as we will be having additional posts this week about some new businesses that aren't open yet, but have plans to.
According to our records, we've had a net total of 8 new businesses open up in the Sloop in 2012. Good news and it appears to be a trend that is bound to continue.
(Hat Tip: JQ!)