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June 03, 2013

Roll out the barrel - The PedalPub is in the Med City

06032013pedalpub1The PedalPub bike is in Rochester and ready to tap into the party market here.

The 16-person, pedal-powered vehicle can be rented by groups for two-hour outings.

People can bring beer, wine, hard cider and food to consume on the bikes, but the business provides no beverages or food of any kind.

There's even a tap to serve from a keg of beer, if that's what the customer brings.

06032013pedalpub2PedalPub Manager Krista Bertelson says they'll first hit the Med City streets on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for "Familiarization Tours."

That means getting people used to riding the massive bicycle-stein creature and for driver to get used to seeing rolling slowly down the street.

The official tours will start next week on Wednesday. Bertelson says they already have nine scheduled. They can run up to five tours a day.

Massage clinic to plant new express location near downtown

When a flower flourishes beyond what its location can support, gardeners often take cuttings from it to plant in new areas.
That's a pretty accurate description of what Tina Ridler is doing with her new spin-off of the Med City's popular Lilac Wellness Center.
LilacWellnessCenterLOGO_FINAL0While her main massage and health clinic at 3270 19th St. N.W. in the 19th Street Business Park isn't going anywhere, she is ready to plant a new Lilac Wellness Express location closer to Rochester's downtown.
She said she hopes to open the doors of her second Lilac at 606 Second St. S.W. in early July.

The concept is that Lilac Express will be a same-day appointment/walk-in friendly facility designed to cater to downtown professionals and Mayo Clinic visitors.

That means it will focus on different services than her full massage studio. The express will offer shorter, "over the clothes" treatments more in the 30-minute range. The services will include chair massage, "Pillossage" (Thermal Tissue Release), aromatherapy, hand massage, scalp massage, shiatsu, cranio/sacral as well as reflexology.

"Don't let the express services fool you," said Ridler of her new project. "This office plans to be a tranquil healing oasis in the midst of our city's downtown hustle and bustle."

Why launch a satellite like this?

Ridler said she wants "to expand Lilac's reach in the community." Plus, she and her staff receive many requests from potential clients who are located in downtown.

To get this new endeavor rolling, Lilac's team of seven professional therapists, including Ridler, will staff the express location at the start. The plan calls for more staff members to be hired as business picks up.