Everybody’s business

Yoga party
A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine told me about a new yoga studio called Bikram’s Yoga College of India.

She raved that it was like nothing she had ever done before. She said not only do they perform some strenuous postures and breathing exercises, they do it in a heated room that keeps the muscles warm and helps flush out all the bad stuff.

While she was explaining the routine to me, I became faint and passed out. OK, actually I asked her to tell me more. She reluctantly agreed, joking that an appearance in the ol’ biz column might increase the class size from its current cozy capacity.

After some coaxing on my part, she filled me in on the details, telling me the director’s name was Andrew Gere and that the college was located on Mangrove Avenue. Classes are offered seven days a week, with start times ranging from 8 to 10 a.m. and running throughout the day.

Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury opened the first Bikram’s Yoga College in L.A., and now they can be found all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. For more information go to www.bikramyoga.com.

Cowboy up
Over the last couple of months, I’ve honed my skills in finding new businesses. Replacing my usual obliviousness are keen senses that allow me to seek out any sign implying that a new business may be opening.

Such is the case with Anything Cowboy, which I discovered north of town on Highway 32. After spotting the sign, I initiated my expertise—cutting off a pick-up truck and swerving into the parking lot.

It turns out the business, which used to be located on The Esplanade, is now owned by Ken and Billie Krause. The couple used to own a horse ranch in Biggs, where they provided horse rescue services and riding lessons. After the previous owners decided to sell the business, the Krauses bought them out and moved it to the new location, which Ken said offers plenty of parking and a driveway for horse trailers.

The store specializes in saddles and tack, which Ken explained is pretty much anything that goes on a horse.

The store opened on Jan. 3, and Ken said they will have a grand re-opening and free barbecue on Feb 12.

It’s the water
King’s Water Store, which has been locally owned and operated since 1999, is moving—but you won’t have to look far.

Owner Mark King said that because of a substantial increase in rent he is moving from the current Nord Avenue location to a smaller one across the street.

The business offers a home and office delivery service and a self-service window where customers can fill their own water bottles.

King said the new building will be quite a bit smaller and that there won’t be room for bottling. He added that, depending on what moves into the old building, he will try to maintain the self-service window at the old location.

Ain’t it funny how time slips away
Did everyone reassess their accomplishments from the past 12 months and figure out what they want to improve in 2005? I decided that I’m going to eat healthier, exercise more and maybe get a little more sleep. Wish me luck in my quest to fulfill basic human needs.