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Downtown openings include cafe, workout innovation and AARP


In March the San Jose Downtown Association and OED helped celebrate a series of openings in and around Downtown.

AARP: Mayor Sam Liccardo was on hand as AARP inaugurated its new San Jose regional office in March. AARP is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that  “empowers all people to choose how they live as they age,” has opened a regional office in San Jose in the Community Towers at 111 W. St. John St. Suite 410.AARP, which started as the American Association of Retired Persons in Ojai 50 years ago, has other California offices in Sacramento and Pasadena.  It closed its San Francisco office three years ago. With four San Jose employees, the San Jose office serves 75,000 AARP members regionally. The local office includes former San Jose City Council staffer .  The office has room to grow and offers its conference room to other non-profits that don’t have the space for larger gatherings.  Learn more about the organization’s San Jose services on its website.

HOTWORX:  OED and DTSJ were busy on W. Santa Clara Street on March 29, first joining Mary Jo and David Heindel, owners of the first open Northern California franchise  of HOTWORX, a workout location that provides a wide range of private and small group workout options boosted by sauna-like infrared heat.  City Councilmembers Raul Peralez (D3) and Johnny Khamis (D10) helped cut the ribbon, first trying out the heated rowing facilities at the new studio, 54 W Santa Clara St. Check out the YouTube video of their workout.  More information about HOTWORX is available at the website.

The Penny Café: Taking the opportunity for a little mid-afternoon refreshment, the City’s ad hoc welcoming committee regrouped across the street to help cut the ribbon at The Penny Café, a new hot drinks and snacks service being provided in the cozy front room of the Five Points Bar, the newest undertaking of downtown entrepreneur and host, David Mulvehill. Located at 169 W Santa Clara St.