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Longtime resident athlete opens HIIT studio

Physical fitness has been a life-long commitment for 25-year Ahwatukee resident, Tammy Nash.On Oct. 17, she took that passion to a new level when opening HiitZone in suite 16 at 4232 E. Chandler Blvd.HIIT is an acronym for “High-Intensity Interval Training,” a vigorous fitness method that can provide results in a shorter amount of time.Nash had been a part of another Ahwatukee gym offering HIIT classes, and when it closed last month, she decided to open her own HIIT gym – and do it quickly.She di...

Physical fitness has been a life-long commitment for 25-year Ahwatukee resident, Tammy Nash.

On Oct. 17, she took that passion to a new level when opening HiitZone in suite 16 at 4232 E. Chandler Blvd.

HIIT is an acronym for “High-Intensity Interval Training,” a vigorous fitness method that can provide results in a shorter amount of time.

Nash had been a part of another Ahwatukee gym offering HIIT classes, and when it closed last month, she decided to open her own HIIT gym – and do it quickly.

She did so in 30 days, purchasing the former gym’s equipment, locating her new space and renovating it.

One reason for doing it all within a month’s time was because she’d grown close to others involved in the program, and wanted to ensure the continuation of those friendships.

“First of all, we are a community,” said Nash. “Working out in a class situation, you get a real sense of community; you are there for each other, you encourage each other and you hold each other accountable. On the other hand, if you like to workout in a more solo environment, no one gets in your way. It’s a really nice mix.”

Nash, who earned degrees in sports medicine and secondary education at Central Michigan University, was active in sports from an early age.

She later met her husband Dave, also a CMU grad, and as an adult she continued to be an avid life-long athlete competing in triathlons and Valley races.

She passes along her commitment to fitness to her three children, Jaxon, 23; Madi, 22; Ally, 20. All are Desert Vista High graduates and her oldest two are Arizona State University alumna, with Ally currently enrolled at ASU and a member of university’s dance team.

The family moved from Northern California and settled in 1994 in their Ahwatukee home, where they have remained.

She began her career in medical device sales – the first 15 in ortho sports, spine and trauma, then another 10 years in open heart before retiring in 2020.

Nash said she’s discovered HIIT to be beneficial to beginners as well as more experienced fitness aficionados.

“The high intensity interval training format we use, allows for all levels of fitness, all ages, and individuals with injury limitations to all work out together in the same class,” she said.

“You work to the level that your body is conditioned for. It doesn’t matter if you have been doing this for one week or five years, you always get a great workout because our amazing trainers provide modifications for every exercise to help meet the needs of the individual members to ensure they get a good and safe workout.”

Nash’s pedal to the medal 30-day goal to open the new gym has proven to be a smart one as many of her former gym buddies, and even some of the former gym’s staff, followed her to HiitZone.

Among them is lead trainer Steve

Rodriguez, who augments his high energy with a new enthusiasm for the HiitZone opening.

“We’re so excited to open up HittZone in this community. This gym, with this group of loyal members and Tammy’s passion and drive is what makes this place special. With HiitZone you aren’t just joining a gym/fitness group, you’re joining a family.

“One where everyone wants the best out of each other, and everyone pushes each other to do a little more each day,” said Rodriguez, an Ahwatukee resident.

“This gym has a special way of motivating you into doing things you wouldn’t have thought you could do, and these workouts are created for the members and they’re able to make them as hard as they’d like but also modify them when needed,” he said.

“I’m incredibly blessed to be a part of this experience and that’s another reason why I’m so excited about Tammy being able to continue offering this experience to the Ahwatukee community”.

Two longtime friends of Nash and her family are already signed up at HIITZone - Deb Allenspach and Monica Hedeby, longtime Ahwatukee residents.

Allenspach worked with Tammy Nash at Summit Male Medical Center, a Tempe business with satellite clinics in Scottsdale and Peoria that Dave and Tammy Nash founded in 2008.

She said over the years, she’d joined her friend in various running groups and other fitness endeavors.

“Tammy is very athletic and has a strong fitness and medical background. She takes fitness seriously, is knowledgeable on technique, and is a great competitor,” said Allenspach, a regional sales manager for the Scottsdale educational technology company, Parchment.

Their two families, both with daughters who danced competitively, remain close.

“Tammy is also open minded, easy to talk to and has the most positive and cheerful disposition,” she said.

Allenspach said when their prior gym, TruHiit announced they were shuttering after seven years, she encouraged Nash’s consideration to open her own business to continue HIIT training they’d so enjoyed.

“When we heard it was closing, Tammy asked if she should take it over. My immediate response was ‘why wouldn’t you?’ We didn’t want to lose the family we’d come to love, and the workouts, so she kept most aspects of the gym, and even some of the trainers,” she said.

Hedeby has also been a friend and fellow athlete with Nash for decades as they raised their families in the Ahwatukee Foothills. They ran together until an injury required Hedeby to reluctantly hang up her running shoes.

“After she, and many others raved about the HIIT workout, I gave it a try last year. I was hooked too,” she said.

Hedeby described the HIIT exercises as “super intense but fun”.

“I don’t dread going; actually I wake up excited to get to the 7 a.m. class,” she laughed. “What I like most is the way it’s structured and timed.

“Even if a move is really challenging, I just tell myself, ‘c’mon, you can do this for one minute’ or whatever the time/reps are. It’s a great feeling of accomplishment at the end. Friends made in class help me stay accountable.”

Hedeby, an R.N. and mother of four grown children, was among the first

to attend HiitZone classes last week.

She agrees Nash’s “determination and perseverance” will make her studio

a success.

“Tammy is highly motivated and opening HiitZone is a perfect fit. She is a lifetime athlete and is motivating to others.

Another former TruHit gym member, Nee Nee Toms has made the move to Nash’s new gym.

“I like HIIT training because of the intensity level. It is a good workout with lots of movement and high energy. You can accelerate your heart to a high target rate. You also have a class coach to help you out, and motivate you during class,” said Toms, a registered nurse who’s lived in Ahwatukee five years.

“I think HIIT is definitely good for all levels. Each exercise has modifications, and most importantly, regardless of the gym it’s what you put into a workout,” said the mother of three boys, who sometimes accompany her in her workouts.

“It’s your effort that will make you

see progress. I’ve been doing HIIT for three years now and it’s changed my

body shape.”

Nash invites the community, men and women, to give HiitZone a free try by offering a free introductory class.

“I’m inviting people to come and try one of our HIIT classes, with personal trainer supervision, free of charge,” said Nash. “We want to let people know what HIIT can do for them, regardless of their age or physical condition.”

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Local hotel-to-apartments project very much alive, owner says

Some residents are wondering if the planned conversion of the old Clarion Hotel near 51st Street and Elliot Road has been abandoned because months have gone by without any noticeable activity and the site is pretty much locked down.The city Planning and Zoning Department since May 5 had been waiting for owners-developers Josh Wertlieb and Jay Chernikoff of Quinn Holdings to submit a response to the first site plan review, according to department spokeswoman Angie Holdsworth.But not surprisingly, supply chain disruptions threw a...

Some residents are wondering if the planned conversion of the old Clarion Hotel near 51st Street and Elliot Road has been abandoned because months have gone by without any noticeable activity and the site is pretty much locked down.

The city Planning and Zoning Department since May 5 had been waiting for owners-developers Josh Wertlieb and Jay Chernikoff of Quinn Holdings to submit a response to the first site plan review, according to department spokeswoman Angie Holdsworth.

But not surprisingly, supply chain disruptions threw a wrench into their plans to convert the 35-year-old, 188-room complex at 5121 E. La Puente Avenue into 110 one-bedroom and studio apartments, Wertlieb said.

“We are working through the same supply chain issues as everyone else, but getting stuff done,” Wertlieb said.

As for the delay, he also said, “In an effort to deliver higher quality units, we have planned some upgrades to the interiors that we anticipate will make the final product even better and attract high quality tenants that will be an asset to the neighborhood.”

“We anticipate having the final permits in hand this month and delivery by the end of the year,” Wertlieb, who said the architect responded to the Planning and Zoning review several weeks ago.

“Due to the zoning process, work wasn’t able to be approved as fast as we hoped,” he added, stating, “We hope to be full force within 30 days and anticipate five to six months of work.”

The Ahwatukee Village Planning Committee signed off on two relatively minor zoning changes for the project, dubbed The Quinn Ahwatukee, last October.

Neither zoning change altered the basic structure of the complex, which will include a gym, yoga room, pool, hot tub and some of the other amenities that the hotel provided.

Attorney Larry Lazarus of Lazarus and Silvyn told the committee prior to its approval – which was later okayed by the city Planning Commission – that the buildings will house 96 one-bedroom and 14 studio units. The one-bedroom units will be approximate 600 to 620 square feet, eight studios will be “micro studios” with about 300 square feet of space while the other studios will be about 500 square feet.

“These will be at market rate, not subsidized,” Lazarus said, indirectly addressing again concerns by neighbors that the complex would be Section 8 housing. “The rents project will be in the range of $1,200 a month.”

Wertlieb and Chernikoff have a history of converting hotels into apartment complexes.

Their portfolio includes a hotel-turned -apartment-complex now called The Molino at Baseline Road and Priest Drive in Tempe, which is already renting one-bedroom and studio apartments in the $960-$1,200 range. The pair also own The Woodson on Thomas Road near I-17, another converted hotel that also has studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments for rent that include a kitchen and hardwood floors.

They bought Clarion Ahwatukee and an adjacent 3.4-acre parcel for about $8 million, according to Valley real estate transaction tracker vizzda.com. That price was far higher than the last time the hotel was sold. Vizzda records show that in 2013, a couple and a woman bought the hotel for $3.23 million.

Lazarus told the committee his clients will be devoting about 23 percent of the 3-acre site to landscaping and that “we will be bringing back and maintaining the deteriorating landscaping on the site as well.”

He also said the conversion is “consistent” with the Phoenix General Plan “as multifamily is allowed in commercially designated areas.”

The complex’s location also conforms to the city’s emphasis on walkability, he added, noting it will provide potential residences for employees of nearby retail and service businesses, who he said can walk or bike to work.

Indeed, he noted that traffic studies showed that as a hotel, the site generated 1,572 daily vehicle trips. As a multifamily site, it is projected to generate only 806 daily trips – a reduction of 766 trips.

“The new use will have less traffic impact and less traffic requirements,” Lazarus said.

He also said, “We are not demolishing, removing any buildings. We are modifying the interior of the buildings to combine hotel rooms and create apartment units.”

While the number of parking slots for an apartment site that size is 138, Lazarus said, The Quinn Ahwatukee will keep the 179 parking spaces that were part of the hotel.

Lazarus said the conversion comes at a dire time for Phoenix.

“The City of Phoenix has noted that there’s a need for 167,000 additional housing units in the city,” he said. “In order to meet the demands, we believe this is an appropriate location and help meet some demand for variation of housing within the employment corridor.”

The plan had virtually no opposition from people living near the site.

Lazarus said no one showed up for the online neighborhood meeting in September, and only one resident notified about the meeting called “with a question asking us if this was going to be a Section 8 housing facility and we indicated it

was not and they said they were fine with the project.”

Court extends Lakes Course opening to Oct. 21

A Superior Court judge has granted a request to extend the deadline for the complete reopening of the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course until Oct. 21 “for the purpose of ensuring the grass is sufficiently mature.”Judge Melissa Julian acted on a request form Daniel Maynard, lawyer for Wilson Gee, who with his partners owns the Lakes course and has been under a November 2020 order from another judge to have it fully restored and open for play by Sept. 1. That order culminated a legal fight that began in 2014 when two homeowners su...

A Superior Court judge has granted a request to extend the deadline for the complete reopening of the Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course until Oct. 21 “for the purpose of ensuring the grass is sufficiently mature.”

Judge Melissa Julian acted on a request form Daniel Maynard, lawyer for Wilson Gee, who with his partners owns the Lakes course and has been under a November 2020 order from another judge to have it fully restored and open for play by Sept. 1. That order culminated a legal fight that began in 2014 when two homeowners sued Gee for closing the course the previous year.

Julian said nothing in her extension “shall be construed” as extending that deadline for the completion of construction and Gee told AFN last month he would be ready to open the course.

But both Gee and the special master appointed by the court to supervise the rebuild said it would be better if it would remain closed until the turf had more time to properly take hold.

“Every golf course in Arizona that plants rye grass generally closes the course for two to three weeks in late September or early October and so will the Lakes Golf Course,” Gee’s attorney, Daniel Maynard told the court, “But allowing the Bermuda grass and Paspalum to grow and become more established will benefit the golf course and the golfer’s experience.”

In an affidavit filed with the court last month, golf course architect and expert Mark Woodward said he has made “numerous visits” to the Lakes in recent months and that delaying the reopening “is what is best for the golf course and the golfer’s experience.”

Woodward, who was appointed with the consent of both sides in the long-running lawsuit, told the court, “We’ve only had a little more than three months to get the golf course back in playing condition, which is not enough time.”

He said the first two months involved extensive debris removal and that “a massive portion of the overall work” involved restoring the irrigation system.

“There was a lot of heavy lifting that had to be done because all of the components of the irrigation system …had been sitting for so long,” he wrote, calling it “a huge undertaking getting it back to where we could apply water.”

Calling Sept. 1 “absolutely the wrong date” for reopening and noting “golfers would not enjoy it,” Woodward said waiting for the grass to take firm root “would be a game changer.”

“I strongly believe that the neighbors and the golfing public would appreciate and totally understand,” he said. “The golf course will be playable, safe for the golfers and be open in good condition.”

He also stressed, “This is no one’s fault but when you’re dealing with Mother

Nature, it just takes more time than we were given.”

He also listed about 14 other tasks that needed to be done, adding, “There is only one way to do this right. Put simply, we need a few more weeks.”

Gee told the Ahwatukee Foothills News last month that he couldn’t agree more with Woodward.

“We’ve got 12 people out there cleaning up everything, the lakes are filling up…I don’t have control. It’s up to the court,” he said, adding he can comply with a November 2020 order threatening a total $3.5 million penalty if he does not meet the Sept. 1 reopening deadline.

He also said that once he full reopens, golf carts will be available for rental despite his earlier decision not to allow them on the course. He also is letter high school golf teams practice on the course without charge.

Gee also said rates for playing the course will vary with times and days, and that they would be posted to the course’s website So far, however, that information has not been posted on ahwatukeegolf.com.

This award-winning Phoenix brewery is opening a beer hall. Here's where and when

Seven years after Wren House Brewing opened in 2015, one of Arizona's biggest names in craft beer announced plans for a long-awaited second Valley location near the I-10 freeway in Ahwatukee. The new concept is called Wren Südhalle, or South Hall, and will be modeled after a cozy European beer hall and will include a full kitchen serving bar bites from a walkup window.Co-founder Drew Pool said he was inspired to open in Ahwatukee during the pandemic when requests for beer deliveries skyrocketed in that area....

Seven years after Wren House Brewing opened in 2015, one of Arizona's biggest names in craft beer announced plans for a long-awaited second Valley location near the I-10 freeway in Ahwatukee. The new concept is called Wren Südhalle, or South Hall, and will be modeled after a cozy European beer hall and will include a full kitchen serving bar bites from a walkup window.

Co-founder Drew Pool said he was inspired to open in Ahwatukee during the pandemic when requests for beer deliveries skyrocketed in that area.

"Ahwatukee was a major hotspot. We thought, maybe we should look at properties here," he said. "They told us to open in Chandler or Gilbert, but when other breweries go one direction, we like to go the other direction."

Formerly a Los Dos Molinos, the 2,400-square-foot space is located in the Plaza at Mountainside shopping center at 4005 E. Chandler Boulevard, just a few doors down from popular, longtime Ahwatukee restaurant, Pomegranate Cafe.

The new location aims to cater to Wren House's growing customer base in the East Valley and beer fans from neighboring Tucson, thanks to its southern location and proximity to Ikea.

What to expect at Wren House's new location

Wren House is known for its fruity sours and barrel aged creations like cereal-inspired Lucky Charms stout, but also for the intimate midtown Phoenix location that's housed inside a 1920s bungalow.

The second valley location takes inspiration from the old style beer halls of Germany and the Czech Republic.

"It'll have Central European beer hall vibes, super traditional, but with a cool architect that'll bring it into the 21st century," Pool said.

He and business partner Bill Hammond are working with local architecture firm NVK on a six-month buildout of the space, which will include a wraparound patio with a grass area, as well as a 15- to 20-person private dining room with a large community table.

The Ahwatukee space will have 20 taps, as well as a bottle shop that sells Wren House cans to-go and will solely function as a taproom, with no tanks or production facilities.

Currently, most of the production is happening at Wren House's Prairie Patio location in Prescott. When the new location opens, they plan to brew more European style beers like their Czech pilsner Můstek, as well as more Kölsch and Kellerbiers from their original location.

Wren Südhalle is scheduled to open at 4005 E. Chandler Boulevard in November or December 2022. Check the website wrenhousebrewing.com for updates.

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D.I. Auto Care Now Offers Car Detailing Service in Chandler, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona –D.I. Auto Care can also provide a ceramic glass coating for a car or truck. This is a glass-like coating that provides the vehicle with a deeper shine and more protection against the harmful effects of the UVA and UVB rays of the beautiful Arizona sun.D.I. Auto Care, a company based in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, and Chandler AZ, has provided an update on their mobile detailing service in the Chandler area in the Phoenix Valley of the Sun. They want to point out that they have a 4.8 overall rating on their Googl...

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D.I. Auto Care can also provide a ceramic glass coating for a car or truck. This is a glass-like coating that provides the vehicle with a deeper shine and more protection against the harmful effects of the UVA and UVB rays of the beautiful Arizona sun.

D.I. Auto Care, a company based in Ahwatukee, Phoenix, and Chandler AZ, has provided an update on their mobile detailing service in the Chandler area in the Phoenix Valley of the Sun. They want to point out that they have a 4.8 overall rating on their Google Maps page, which means that they have received mostly 5-star reviews from their customers. Furthermore, for their mobile detailing, Chandler residents can rely on it, they are offering detailing not just for cars but also for trucks, recreational vehicles, planes, motor coaches, high-performance cars, boats, and more.

Paul, the owner of D.I. Auto Care, has been providing detailing services for cars for more than 38 years. He says, “We also offer auto detailing, window tinting, tint removal, ceramic paint protection, auto glass windshield repair/replacement, cigarette smoke smell, and odor removal all insurance approved.”

He adds, “Mobile detailing involves a number of components. These include the preservation of paint condition, restoration of interior seats and carpets, increase in resale vehicle value, a clean and shiny vehicle, engine detailing, light scratch removal, ceramic paint protection, and cleaning and conditioning of leather.”

Detailing involves the finishing, restoration, and cleaning of a vehicle that will result in the best possible level of cleanliness, as well as polish and shine. These detailing activities can be done on the interior and/ or exterior of the vehicle. Exterior detailing will usually have to do with the cleaning and restoration of the exterior parts of the car, such as the wheels, tires, windows, and chrome trim. Interior detailing means the performance of deep cleaning of the whole cabin interior. This will usually include a number of materials, such as plastics, natural fibers, carbon fiber composites, vinyl, leather, and even carpet upholstery made from synthetic fibers. To be able to handle all of those kinds of materials, various products and methods will be used by the detailing company.

In addition to Chandler detailing services, D.I. Auto Care can also provide window tinting for vehicles, homes, and offices. They offer a lifetime warranty for their window tint installation and removal services in Chandler AZ. Window tinting offers a number of benefits, such as an increase in privacy; reduction of heat inside the vehicle, office, or home; prevention of ultraviolet radiation from getting inside the car, office, or home; ability to prevent the glass from shattering; and reduction of home cooling costs by as much as 50 percent.

They also offer glass windshield repair or replacement. For windshield repair, they usually suggest rock chip repair. For this, they will inject a resin into the chip and after it has cured and dried, this will thoroughly seal the outer layer of the glass windshield.

For windshield replacement, they will completely remove the vehicle’s front windshield, gasket, molding, old urethane, and trim pieces. Next, they will install a new windshield. A professional, windshield auto glass replacement will restore the car’s safety to its original level, or even better.

D.I. Auto Care can also provide a ceramic coating for a car or any vehicle. This is a glass-like coating that provides the vehicle with a deeper shine and more protection against the harmful effects of the Arizona sun that may cause the car to look dull over time.

There are a number of possible reasons why car owners may want to get a ceramic coating for their vehicles. These include the fact that: the ceramic coating can outlast other kinds of coating and will not break down as liquid or wax sealants; it can keep the vehicle looking like brand new for many years; the car will stay clean longer and it will be easier to get rid of water spots and bugs; it can offer savings in the long run because the car will remain clean for a longer time; the ceramic paint coating will be more capable of withstanding the elements; and ceramic coatings will make the car exterior scratch resistant.

When in need of detailing Chandler AZ residents may want to visit the D.I. Auto Care website, or contact them through the telephone or via email. They are open every day of the week, from Monday to Sunday, from 5:00 am to 10:00 pm.

For more information about D.I. Auto Care, contact the company here:

D.I. Auto Care Paul Bagorio 4802331529 paul@CarDetailingPhoenix.com D.I. Auto Care 4747 E Elliot Rd Phoenix, AZ 85044 Phone: (480) 233-1529

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