Mall makeover gym’s mis­sion

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Dampier sib­lings Lau­ren Cross and Shari Kyle yes­ter­day opened the new Gym Cafe in an ef­fort to bring vi­brancy back to the Dampier mall.

Gym Cafe will be a one-stop shop for fresh and healthy home-style food and a place to work out on state-ofthe-art gym equip­ment.

“We ba­si­cally al­ready had the space here and we wanted to bring some life back into the mall,” Ms Kyle said.

“The con­sen­sus in town was that ev­ery­one re­ally wanted a gym and our back­ground is food, so we thought why not do a gym and a cafe com­bined?”

“The whole fo­cus is to anchor a busi­ness in Dampier com­mu­nity — since Dampier has noth­ing and Kar­ratha has ev­ery­thing — that re­volved around our tagline: fuel, fam­ily, fit­ness,” Ms Cross added.

En­try to the gym will be based on a pay-as-you-go sys­tem and mem­ber­ships will not be avail­able to pre­vent over­crowd­ing. “Be­cause we’re not a big gym, we don’t want ev­ery­one sign­ing up for mem­ber­ships, then it be­ing hard for them to get in there,” Ms Kyle said.

“We’re only go­ing to have 12 oc­cu­pants at a time and peo­ple can book their space — most gyms don’t do that.”

The own­ers hope the open­ing of the cafe will be a turn­ing point for the com­mu­nity by giv­ing lo­cals some­where to eat af­ter 2pm, teenagers em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and some­thing to do af­ter school as well as a way for peo­ple to stay phys­i­cally ac­tive with­out hav­ing to make the drive into Kar­ratha.

“The Gym Cafe is an­chor­ing the restora­tion or re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Dampier shop­ping,” Ms Cross said.

“If we do some­thing that has the po­ten­tial for higher im­pact, there’s no telling what will come out of the wood­work and the cre­ative ideas that other peo­ple can bring to the party.”

Gym Cafe is open 5am-9pm.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Gym Cafe own­ers Lau­ren Cross and Shari Kyle.

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