Six Ways to Improve in the New Year

It’s a new year, which gives most of us renewed inspiration to improve. If you’re looking to make positive changes in the new year, look no further than The Shoppes at Thornebrook.

Our locally-owned small business shopping center offers a wide range of shops and services that can help you on your journey to self-improvement. From fitness studios and salons to music stores and dental offices, The Shoppes at Thornebrook has everything you need to get started on your New Year’s resolutions. Here are just a few of the ways you can improve yourself at The Shoppes at Thornebrook:

Set New Fitness Goals

One way to improve yourself is by focusing on your physical health. This could mean hitting the gym more often, taking up a new sport, cultivating a yoga practice, or even meditation. Not only will regular exercise help you feel more energized and confident, but it can also have numerous health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and diabetes. Our fitness studios include 352 Fitness, offering personal training, group training, online training, and even nutrition programs tailored to meet you where you’re at and take your fitness to the next level.

We are also the proud home of Gainesville Health and Fitness for Women, a Gainesville staple offering a range of courses and equipment with flexible hours, free babysitting, and sauna. In addition to other fitness classes, Gainesville Health and Fitness Center for Women offers regular yoga classes. If you want to be even more fully immersed in a healing space, Heart Mind Healing is a wellness center in Thornebrook offering yoga, meditation, and even belly-dancing classes.

Martial arts is another option for improving your fitness and overall well-being. Training in a martial art can help improve strength, coordination, and self-defense skills. It can also be a great way to relieve stress and boost confidence. In Thornebrook we have Renzo Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, a great studio for students from beginner to advanced.

No matter what type of fitness activity you choose, it’s important to find something that you enjoy and that fits your schedule and abilities. Whether it’s yoga, meditation, martial arts, or something else, the key is to make fitness a regular part of your routine. With dedication and consistency, you can make great strides in improving your physical and mental well-being.

Another option is dance – a fun and creative activity for adults and children that can help improve coordination, flexibility, and self-confidence. It can also be a great way to make new friends and be part of a team. In addition to the physical benefits of dance, it can also have cognitive benefits. Dance requires concentration and coordination, which can help improve focus and problem-solving skills. It can also be a great way to encourage creativity and self-expression. Arabesque Dancewear offers a large selection of dance attire for children and teens as well as dance shoes for all ages. They know the importance of a good dance shoe and the helpful staff can advise will make sure you get the perfect fit.

Level Up Your Look

Another way to improve yourself is by taking care of your appearance. This could mean getting a haircut or trying out a new hairstyle, indulging in a spa treatment, or simply taking the time to put on some makeup and dress nicely. Taking care of your appearance can give you a boost of confidence and help you feel more put-together.

Shoppes at Thornebrook offers a host of top rated salons and spas including the award-winning Floating Lotus Spa, Eden Michele Salon, Vain Salon, and Headlines. We are also proud to have Trinity’s Day Spa, an empowering and special spa for kids.

Add some unique and boutique to your wardrobe this year with new pieces from Malgorzata’s or Ilene’s Gator Store. From bags, to purses, to clothing, Malgorzata’s offers comfortable fashion choices you won’t find anywhere else in Gainesville. If you’re a Gator fan, Ilene’s Gator Store in the perfect place to get your new Gatorwear. Ilene’s is also Gainesville’s distributor of Montreal Fashion Designer Joseph Ribkoff and has a collection of items in store and more available for order.

Finally don’t underestimate the impact of beautiful eyebrows! Thornebrook is home to Salon Ziba, owned by Guiness World Record Holder, Ziba. Let Ziba work her magic on you!

Brighten Your Smile

Improving your dental hygiene is another important aspect of self-improvement as it improves both appearance and has important health benefits as well. Better dental hygiene could mean brushing and flossing more regularly and making sure to visit the dentist for regular cleanings and for any existing concerns.

We are home to Gainesville Dentistry Co., a new clinic in Gainesville that is already gathering positive press for its state-of-the-art tools, beautiful and calming interior, and award-winning dentist Dr. Feldman. Good dental hygiene can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and it can also contribute to your overall sense of well-being.

Schedule your appointment at Gainesville Dentistry Co.

Pick Up a New Instrument

Learning a new instrument is another great way to improve yourself. Not only is playing an instrument a fun and rewarding hobby, but it can also have numerous cognitive benefits such as improving memory and coordination. Plus, being able to play an instrument can be a great way to impress your friends and family at parties!

The friendly and knowledgable staff at Hoggtowne Music can help you decide the best way to start. Not only does this Gainesville staple for local music sell instruments and materials of all sorts, they also offer lessons!

Reduce Waste

We should all feel called upon to cultivate better habits for the environment and what better time to commit that the new year. Reducing your plastic consumption and purchasing goods in bulk instead of generating lots of plastic (most of which cannot be recycled well) is a great option. Life Unplastic is a unique shop that can help with just that. They offer the products you need, all made without plastic. Plus they have a bulk refilling station and complimentary glass jars in all shapes and sizes to make refilling easy. By making an effort to be more environmentally-friendly, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help preserve the planet for future generations.

Reusable and bulk goods at Life Unplastic

Spice Up Your Space

In addition to improving yourself, another option is to make improvements to your home. Renovations can be a great way to add value to your home, make it more functional, and create a space that you love. Some ideas for home renovations include:

  • New flooring: Whether it’s hardwood, tile, or carpet, new flooring can completely change the look and feel of a room. If your old flooring is looking worn or outdated, consider investing in new flooring to give your home a fresh, modern look. The Floor Store at Thornebrook is a great place to go for everything from a consult to flooring purchase to professional install. They are consistently highly rated for their attention to detail and professionalism.
  • Kitchen design: The kitchen is often the center of the home, so improving this space can have a big impact. This could mean installing new cabinets, countertops, and appliances, or simply rearranging the layout to make it more functional. Whether you want a traditional or modern look, there are plenty of options to choose from.
  • Bathroom renovations: A new bathroom can be a luxurious addition to your home. This could involve replacing the tub or shower, installing new tiles or a new vanity, and updating the lighting and fixtures. Gainesville Kitchen and Bath in Thornebrook is an excellent place to go if you are considering a kitchen or bathroom renovation. Their beautiful showroom will inspire you and their professionalism will leave you completely satisfied with your new space.
  • New art: Don’t underestimate the power of a great art piece to transform a space. At Thornebrook Gallery, you’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces from award-winning local artists. It’s a gem in Gainesville that’s worth a visit, whether you come out with a painting or just a new pair of earrings.

Regardless of what type of home renovation you choose, it’s important to do your research and work with a reputable contractor to ensure that the job is done correctly and to your satisfaction.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions this year? Let us know in the comments! And stay tuned for our next installment where we discuss ways to make your year more fun!

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