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Moving Moxie Pilates adds instructors, expands services

HILLSDALE - Despite the economic downturn, Moving Moxie Pilates has announced the hiring of two new Pilates instructors at its nearly three-year-old business.

'I'm thrilled at how the Hillsdale community has embraced Moxie since I started my business in 2008,' owner McKenzie Petterson said, 'It is amazing that during this economic downturn, I've not only been able to survive but actually grow my business.'

Kelley Recktenwald and Josie Morgan bring a combined 20 years of experience to the studio. And with the expansion of teachers comes the expansion of hours at the studio as well as the types of offerings available to students.

Joseph H. Pilates developed this exercise method more than 70 years ago. More than 500 exercises were created to bring the mind and body together into flowing movements to provide an effective conditioning program for the whole body. Pilates can help those with back pain and pelvic instability and those with arthritis, as well as people who are looking to take their fitness regimen to the next level.

Although at first the program was mostly embraced by dancers, Pilates has expanded to include people of all ages with all types of bodies. Moving Moxie works with all types of students, from beginners to advanced.

'It is such a delight to see the way people are impacted through the practice of Pilates,' Petterson said, 'From people with chronic back pain who are able to stop taking pain medicine to people who are able to stand tall, Pilates does amazing things.'

For more information about Moving Moxie Pilates, located at 1515 S.W. Sunset Blvd., visit www.movingmoxie.com.

Caffe Autogrill closes

HILLSDALE - Following in the footsteps of its parent restaurant and former next-door neighbor Alba Osteria and Enoteca, Hillsdale's

Caffe Autogrill has closed its doors. Owned by Kurt Spak, the café, which served paninis, soups, coffee, beer, wine and fresh pasta to cook at home, opened up at 6446 S.W. Capitol Hwy. less than a year ago. No plans have been named for Caff e Autogrill's location.

Nail salon to open in old Annastasia space

HILLSDALE - Joining its three other outposts in Lake Oswego and West Linn, La Belle Nail will open its fourth venture in the long-vacant former Annastasia Salon space at 6343 S.W. Capitol Hwy. across from the Hillsdale Shopping Center.

La Belle Nail Salon plans to open its doors third week of April, owner Ann Lam said.

Lam said she decided open in Hillsdale because several customers from the area were encouraging her to expand. Hillsdale is familiar territory to Lam, as she used to work for one of Hillsdale's three other nails salons.

At Elliott Associates, the agent for the property, assistant property manager Shari Spolek said the space has been vacant since 2007.

'We are VERY excited to get a new tenant there,' she said.

Liz Brooke, a Lake Oswego customer, talked about La Belle as her nails dried. 'They have excellent customer service, they take walk-ins, there's a good supply of nail equipment, great music and a nice decor,' she said.

For more information, visit www.labellenails.net.

-Rick Seifert, Hillsdale News