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Businesses cropping up in the heart of Scottsbluff
December 18, 2015 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Gering Citizen Studio B is one of several business that recently opened in Scottsbluff.

The Scottsbluff business community is on the move as a new fitness center will be opening soon and two existing businesses have reworked their offerings to attract even more customers.

Since opening Nov. 18, The Shed is the next incarnation of the old Woodshed Restaurant at 18 E. 16th St. in Scottsbluff, a historic place dating back to the 1960s. It was a favorite watering hole for students at Hiram Scott College in the late ‘60s.

“I wanted a restaurant that was my own but honored its historic nature,” said owner Meredith Lee. “I appreciate the nostalgia of what the Woodshed was.”

On the menu is a soup and salad bar all day, every day. Featured for lunch is sandwiches and burgers, along with hand cut fries. On the dinner menu are hand-dipped chicken fried steaks, prime rib sandwiches, hand cut ribeye steaks, chicken parmesan, pasta, and tilapia, with more menu items to come.

The Shed has an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, they’re open from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Meredith sad she’s been in the restaurant business for about 15 years, her latest stop being in Lisco.

“The community support has been awesome,” she said. “People really seem to be enjoying the food and we’re working on bringing back pierogis and lasagna. My kitchen staff takes a lot of pride in what they do and they send out amazing food. It’s like grandma’s home cooking. ”

A block over on Broadway is fine art gallery Studio B. The gallery, located at 1715 Broadway, features commissioned works from a number of community artists. Now showing are pieces by Brandon Baily, Tom Downey, Chris Navarro, Monte Stokes, Priscilla Sandoz, Tom Samson and Yelena Khanevskaya.

Priscilla Sandoz said the gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They plan one or two special showings a year and will be offering classes in the future.

Each year a studio patron sponsors a fundraising event for a local agency. Tom Dredla recently hosted a benefit with proceeds going to the Splash Arena pool.

Priscilla added that artists work in a variety of media that can fit into anyone’s budget. She invites everyone to stop in and take a look.

If one of your New Year’s resolution includes getting into better shape, a new business has you covered. Anytime Fitness will open its doors on Jan. 15 in the former Joann’s Fabric store at 1704 Broadway in Scottsbluff.

Owners Brian and Kelly Barton, Husker fans who have family ties in Nebraska, currently own several locations in Colorado. This will be the first of three centers they’re planning in Nebraska over the next year.

“Most of my father’s family is from Nebraska and it’s a great place to get started,” Brian said.

The Scottsbluff Anytime Fitness site will be one of the Bartons’ larger facilities at almost 10,000 square feet. I will include brand new equipment with touch-screen technology and two class studios, which will host a variety of fitness classes 24/7.

“We do a higher brand of fitness,” Brian said. “We’ll have all the cardio pieces, two large rooms for classes, a turf area for functional, sports specific training, aqua massage and tanning. We also have a 3,000 square foot outdoor workout area for when the weather is nicer.”

The facility will have live instructors with set class times. If you can’t make one of those they’ll have HD TVs set up in each studio, and private screens on the bikes so you can enter a cardio class or fitness class through video anytime you want.

Brian said another advantage to Anytime Fitness is they have 3,000 facilities around the country. Members can use any one of them.

For more information or to sign up, call 308-633-1000.
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