The husband and wife behind Four Gates’ holistic wellness center have had a wealth of training to help people reach their health goals. Along with being a ACE certified personal trainer, Christian is schooled in kettlebell training, yoga, and massage therapy. His wife, Colleen, has a degree in acupuncture and is passionate about Qoya, a yoga and dance-inspired movement designed for women. They bring a like-minded philosophy to Four Gates Physical and Energetic Culture. All fitness classes—yoga, kettlebells, Qoya, and Qi Gong—incorporate a meditative approach in order to build healthy bodies, minds, and diary entries.
In addition to group classes, clients of all ages and fitness levels can shape up with personal training sessions. Four Gates offers one-on-one instruction in kettlebell training and rehabilitative exercises. Students can train to improve running techniques during the weekly running groups, and Colleen can whisk away any lingering soreness with an acupuncture treatment.
At Claymate Creations, Anjee Mai Emerson celebrates her two passions: art and play. Inspired by her joy in creating sculptures, she uses her colorful creation haven to share that love with students aged 8 and older. She leads them in shaping polymer clay monster sculptures, motivating them to tap into their imaginations to bring one-eyed green gremlins or self-destructive socialites to life. In each three-hour playshop class or private party, up to six guests gather in this casual learning environment. Anjee encourages them to have fun playing with clay while they flex their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills.
She also showcases her own work throughout the studio, and sells her handmade monsters, earrings, magnets, and stationery at a handful of local boutiques.
Cafe Ena head chef Hector Ruiz combines the rich flavors of his Mexican childhood with French cooking techniques honed during an apprenticeship at a three-star restaurant in Paris. Organic poultry and locally sourced produce anchor both creative and traditional plates, which can be washed down with a house sangria that Mpls.St.Paul Magazine calls "fruity, but not overly sweet." Soft lighting glows warmly on exposed brick walls, and oversized windows are flanked by bold orange curtains that double as blankets during postprandial standing naps.
Located inside the Sabathani Community Center, The Talk of The Town salon believes everyone should feel welcome and comfortable while having hair tended to. This laid-back salon features the styling talents of Michael Cole Smith and Jamil Smith Cole, who give personal attention while trimming, relaxing, and coloring hair. Not attached to any particular product line, The Talk of The Town selects favorite products from popular lines such as Redken, Sebastian, and Aveda. Feel free to relax on the cushy leather couches in the lobby before your session.
Gardening Matters supports local gardeners and advocates for their needs, working toward the creation of successful, sustainable, low-cost gardens across the Twin Cities. By sharing information, providing access to education, and connecting gardeners to each other, Gardening Matters aims to increase food production at a community level and influence positive behavior changes.
Gardening Matters works closely with the Local Food Resource Hubs project. Through this network of local residents, neighborhood organizations, local businesses, and the city office, gardeners can receive seeds, seedlings, and low-cost workshops. Also, the network acts as a support group from which gardening newcomers can draw tips on growing and cooking and on composting their own produce.
Last year, local food hubs distributed more than 13,000 seed packets and 15,000 seedlings to gardeners. With the addition of a tool lending library, Gardening Matters hopes to continue improving food security and access to fresh produce.