ROCKSTAR FITNESS KICKBOXING

Rockstar Fitness Kickboxing opened a few years ago under owner Scott Smith, but in August 2018 Lindsay Gowing shook things up.

“I started going to the gym in June,” Gowing said. “While I was there, I heard that Scott was looking for a new business partner.”

Gowing took a look at the gym and noticed that Smith had it set up as more geared for men.

“Most of our members are women,” Gowing said.

She adjusted the décor a bit, but the primary focus of Rockstar Fitness Kickboxing remains.

“Most of our members are coming in for a cardio workout,” she said. “It’s just much more fun than going to the gym and getting on a treadmill.”

Rockstar Fitness caters to all levels of fitness, offering introductory classes up to one-on-one kickboxing training.

“Our youngest member is 15, and our oldest is 60,” Gowing said. “We have people of all different ages and sizes.”

The gym also offers free trials, giving people a chance to give kickboxing a try before signing a membership contract. The gym is also available for team building events or parties.

LOCATION: 722 Beal Parkway NW, unit D

CLASS HOURS: visit website

TELEPHONE: 803-6200

WEBSITE: www.rockstarfitnesskickboxing.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/rockstarfitnesskickboxing

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HOPE MATTERS

Military veteran and military spouse Maryann Makekau saw a need several years ago, and she created Hope Matters. Through her company, she wrote and distributed books for children whose military parents were deployed.

She also wrote books for children to help them better understand dementia in a grandparent and why a teacher is battling cancer.

“It’s been Hope Matters since 2011,” Makekau said. “It was a corporation until September 2017, and then we shifted to a nonprofit organization.

“As I went about sharing the books, it became clear that I was doing more than bringing these concepts off the pages,” she added. “It became more of a movement.”

Today, Hope Matters serves the local area through its Memory Cafes, which provide a welcoming and controlled environment for people with dementia and for their caregivers.

“I partner with local spaces and with local artists,” Makekau said.

The families can experience music, painting, drawing, activities and laughter with others who understand.

Memory Cafes operate in a variety of locations and at different times.

“No matter who we are and no matter how old we are, dealing with things we have trouble putting into words is universal,” Makekau said, and Hope Matters helps.

MEMORY CAFÉ HOURS: see website

TELEPHONE: 582-3496

WEBSITE: www.hopematters.co

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/becausehopematters