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  • 10 Facts about The Yard Tempe
    The Yard Tempe

    Culinary Dropout at the Yard Tempe debuts Tuesday, Dec. 9, in a much-anticipated launch that culminated 18 months of prep work and construction.

    Also referred to as the Yard at Farmer Arts District, the Fox Restaurant Concepts project is among the first businesses to kick off the revitalization of the Farmer Arts District, which includes the Madison Improvement Club, a spin and yoga studio with a nightclub vibe, and breakfast spot Over Easy, opening early next year.

    The Yard Grand Pre-Opening party, Thursday, December 4, 2014, in Tempe. (Photo: Morgan Glassco/Special for azcentral.com)
    In addition to dining and bar space, Culinary Dropout features flatscreen televisions for sports viewing, backyard-style games and a stage for live music. Judging from the popularity of the Yard at Seventh Street and Montebello Avenue in Phoenix, the Tempe
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  • Cory’s Corner: Madison Improvement Club
    Cory’s Corner: Madison Improvement Club
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  • Madison Improvement Club: Phoenix Spin and Yoga Studio is Open!
    Spin and Yoga Studio
    Yogis and Spinsters rejoice! The newest, coolest fitness club in Phoenix has finally opened its über hip doors. The Madison Improvement Club is here―and here to stay. Owner Andrew Varela, a Phoenix native who grew up in Arcadia, hand-picked a rockstar-roster of teachers who know how to get the workout party started: Gina Marciano, Anton Mackey, Jenn Chiarelli and Alex Austin, to name a few.

    I downward dogged and detoxed my weekend away in Max Cohen’s Sunday morning class, lovin’ every minute of his banter and beats. The class was wall-to-wall packed and the energy infectious. No wonder there was a little more spring to my standing splits and a little more chutzpah to my chaturangas (thanks Max!).

    Rather than running off after class, I filled my tank at Seed, the on-site café that serves up deliciously healthy fare from homemade energy bars
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  • Phenomenal Flow Class at Madison Improvement Club
    Phenomenal Flow Class

    The Madison Improvement Club’s modern spin on yoga classes are just what we need here in the Valley.

    Open since mid 2012, Madison Improvement Club (MIC) offers yoga and spinning classes, and also a healthy café members can hit up before or after their workout for a smoothie, a wrap, or even some breakfast, if you like to get your yoga or spinning out of the way first thing in the a.m.

    A yoga class at MIC is a bit different than classes in a studio-type environment. Even though MIC isn’t a “hot yoga” studio, the yoga room is heated – not super hot – but definitely comfortable enough that you’re not immediately suffocated by Phoenix-in-July hot air when you walk into the room.

    MIC offers two types of yoga classes: the All Levels Flow (which is recommended for any level of yogi) and the Phenomenal Flow (a bit more of a challenge but still good
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  • Fitness studio puts new spin on workouts
    new spin on workouts

    Construction on the century-old building in her Phoenix neighborhood first caught Kelly McGovern’s eye.

    A year later, the idea of doing a workout that doesn’t feel like work is what keeps McGovern coming to The Madison Improvement Club seven days a week. The upbeat loud music, dark lighting concept and club-like vibe during the fitness center’s spin classes are a nice distraction.

    “It doesn’t feel like a workout. I’m not going to workout, I’m going to party,” McGovern said. “It’s very easy to go to the gym every day.”

    Mary Swanson and Andrew Varela, the mother-and-son team that opened the Arcadia yoga and spin studio last year, are responsible for its hip persona. The concept was meant to replicate high-energy studios in New York City and Los Angeles, where classes are far from the typical routines done to mass-produced workout CDs.

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