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Axes, smoothies and cycling: All Up In Your Business for March 1

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Urban Axes

Ever wanted to throw axes and drink at the same time? If so, Durham’s Urban Axes is the place for you.

At Urban Axes, participants throw axes at targets while enjoying the bar's atmosphere. Urban Axes' Spokesperson Courtney Osgood says that Urban Axes doesn’t try to be a restaurant, instead focusing on what they’re good at — throwing axes. 

Osgood said while the beverage menu for the Chapel Hill location has yet to be finalized, the alcohol will be sourced from local producers.

“We have a 12,000-square-foot facility right now on Foster Street, and that space will feature six arenas which equals about 24 ax-throwing targets,” Osgood said.”

Osgood highlighted the accepting community and noted that many women both enjoy and excel at axe throwing.

“It’s a really inclusive environment,” Osgood said, “whether you’re a 5-foot girl or a 6-foot-5 guy — really anybody can throw axes.”

Frutta Bowls

A new smoothie shop called Frutta Bowls will open up in Chapel Hill this spring. Frutta Bowls will offer smoothies topped with granola or oatmeal. They offer both healthy and indulgent smoothies.

Frutta Bowls is almost done with construction. One of the owners, Julian Khater, said he expects the project to reach completion this spring.

“We still have to do the hiring, the training and the final touches on the store,” he said.

Despite considering many locations for Frutta Bowls, Khater is excited to help bring Frutta Bowls to Chapel Hill because he values the local community. 

“We fell in love with the community,” Khater said.

Purvelo Cycling

Construction is currently underway at 143 West Franklin St. for Purvelo, a rhythm based studio that will offer cycling classes for the Chapel Hill community. According to Kenzie Brendle, the studio manager for the Chapel Hill location, Purvelo will offer dynamic cycling classes to students in the area.  

“The music drives everything that we do in that twenty five minutes,” Brendle said. “We like to say that it’s a full body exercise.”

Brendle says Purvelo defies people’s perception of cycling classes by incorporating upper body movements, such as push ups and ab work, into their workout. Brendle said the cycling studio goes beyond a mere workout, however, and values their clients enjoyment. 

“We cycle in a dark room by candlelight with no mirrors,” Brendle said, “so it’s really a mental break for you as well as exercise.”

Purvelo has marketed their studios to other college towns and will be offering student-friendly morning hours. Their new location will also offer parking that will enable non-students to attend classes.


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