MODESTO — Dwayne Vakatini spent seven years getting people in New Zealand into shape. Now, since moving to Modesto two years ago, he is looking to do the same here.
Vakatini and his wife, Emma, opened 3 Sixty Fitness on Oakdale Road this month.
We wanted to get out of that big-box setting, Dwayne Vakatini said. 3 Sixty offers personal training in one-on-one and small-group settings.
Someone looking to get fit with one-on-one sessions can expect to spend $400 to $800 per month, assuming the client meets with a trainer twice a week.
The Vakatinis realize thats going to sound pricey compared with other gyms that offer memberships of as little as $10 per month. But they promise more than just some exercise equipment and a towel. They offer nutritional counseling and advice for lifestyle changes.
Its about a connection between the trainer and the client, Emma Vakatini said.
3 Sixty Fitness is at 3609 Oakdale Road. Call (209) 222-7229.
ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT One of my favorite parts of this column is when readers call me with questions.
And one of my favorite favorite things is when I can answer them.
This week, I got a call from a reader named Ken. He wondered what happened to Dominos Pizza in Modesto. The restaurant chain at one point had three locations in Modesto and Ceres, but they closed in 2009. Now, the closest site is in Turlock.
Has Dominos just abandoned Modesto? Ken asked in his voicemail message.
Well, its not a company decision. Dominos restaurants are operated by franchisees, so someone must be willing to put in an investment before a shop opens.
The good news for Ken and other fans of the chain is that, apparently, someone indeed is willing.
The city of Modestos website lists business licenses that are obtained through the finance department. Listed among the recent applicants is none other than a Dominos. The address listed is on Oakdale Road near Scenic Drive. No word yet on when it will open, but it is in the works. I have heard that another is being built in Manteca.
Dunkin Donuts, which previously had announced plans to look for a site in Modesto, found one.
The doughnut shop, which has an almost cultlike following in many parts of the country, announced Tuesday it will open a location in Modesto by the end of the year. A specific site wasnt given in the news release, but alert readers pointed out that theres a banner on the former Boston Market on Standiford Avenue at Tully Road heralding a Dunkin Donuts opening soon.
Modestos new Dunkin will join new franchises in Southern California, specifically Long Beach, Downey, Santa Monica and Whittier.
We are pleased with the solid start to our California development plans, and todays announcement of the locations of our first new traditional Dunkin Donuts restaurants represents development that is ahead of schedule due to the strong interest of prospective franchisees and consumers across the state, company President Paul Twohig said in a news release. We are especially happy to be partnering with such experienced and passionate franchise groups as we begin opening traditional Dunkin Donuts restaurants in California. We look forward to keeping Californians running on our brands high-quality coffee, sandwiches and baked goods.
Its an interesting site selection, as the new doughnut shop will be not quite directly across the street from Mr. Ts Delicate Donut, a longtime local business with a near cult following of its own.
Said one reader on The Modesto Bees Facebook page: Ill try it since Ive never been to one, but Mr. Ts will always be my fave.