Fitness center expands workout space, hours, days

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An Isaacs Avenue martial arts and fitness center is growing into a round-the-clock workout destination.

Calhoon's Martial Arts & Fitness has undergone a roughly $40,000 to $50,000 expansion at 1711 Isaacs Ave.

Owner Ryan Calhoon -- a student of martial arts for more than 20 years, instructor and personal trainer -- said the boxing ring and some chairs have been moved from the front of the space to make about 1,000 square feet more space for exercise equipment, including cardio machines, free weights, cable machines and punching bags.

As part of the change, the space will be accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"We're realizing that there's so many people with unique hours -- whether it's employees at the (Washington State Penitentiary), or nurses and doctors on late shifts, or people who like to be up at 5 in the morning or late at night. They need to have access," Calhoon said.

The cost for a 24-hour membership is $25. Calhoon said that's an introductory special that will likely be available "quite a while" until membership approaches capacity.

The fitness facility was constructed about three and a half years ago. Calhoon said many people have associated it primarily as a martial-arts training facility. Those programs, as well as gymnastics and kickboxing classes, will continue to be a major focus of the business as well.

The changeover to a 24-hour facility is expected to take place early next week provided all the equipment is in place. To sign up or learn more, call 525-4444.

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A longtime Milton-Freewater hair salon is having a blow-out of a sale as it prepares for closure.

Gilliand's For Hair, 617 N. Main St., will close after Dec. 31, owner Kati Goodwater said.

All gift shop items are half off as part of the sale of merchandise. Goodwater said she's also selling all equipment and fixtures -- stations, mirrors, shelving, styling chairs and more. They'll be available for pickup Jan. 1.

Goodwater said Thursday the decision to close the business -- known for cuts, color and coiffures -- was both professional and personal.

She said it's become a challenge to staff the business. Hairdressers that operate there must be licensed in Oregon, but with the proximity to Walla Walla many local hairdressers are licensed in Washington. Those who receive training in Oregon often have jobs lined up in the communities where they receive their licensing, she said.

As part of the transition, Goodwater has accepted a position at Walla Walla salon Misbehaven, 115 W. Alder St. In an announcement posted on Gilliand's website, she said colleague Kim Ellis plans to leave the industry and stay home with her children. Melissa Kellet has also been offered positions at local salons and will decide where she will be going.

Those interested in purchasing equipment can check out the sale Dec. 31 or reserve items, if they wish. For more details, call 541-938-4745 or visit the Gilliand's For Hair page on Facebook.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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