Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
Strengthening the community begins by supporting and visiting local businesses like this one. To learn more about this business, check out their website or simply stop by, say hello, and discover—or rediscover—all that this business has to offer.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
Odyssey Martial Arts
Instructors John Mariotti, a sixth-degree tae kwon do black belt, and Ellie McKenzie, a CrossFit-certified trainer, lead CrossFit Odyssey and Odyssey Martial Arts to raise their clients to new levels of personal and physical excellence. In martial-arts classes, Mariotti, combines the best elements of TaeKwon-Do, Brazilian jujitsu, and other martial arts to create a self-defense system that breeds fitness and the character of a true warrior. Mariotti's system teaches adults and children to embody fairness, integrity, confidence, and strength.
Conditioning is a top priority of the system, but it's not the only way clients can open their sweat valves. Mariotti and McKenzie, both CrossFit Games competitors, keep a strong focus on fitness with CrossFit classes. There, they utilize kettlebells, ropes, and a slew of weight-training equipment to tone up and slim down clients using CrossFit's specially designed, daily-changing functional-movement exercises.