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Biz Beat: A new place to get fit in Modesto, closure of a longtime eatery

People work out during a boot camp session at Transcend Fitness in Modesto last month.
People work out during a boot camp session at Transcend Fitness in Modesto last month.

Kamran Khattak is a young man with a big ambition.

Khattak and his partner, Leah Imanil, opened up Transcend Fitness in downtown Modesto a few weeks ago. Khattak, 23, has been a physical trainer for a large corporate gym in the area since he was a teenager, and decided to branch out on his own.

His goal is to help clients follow a journey similar to his: as a self-described “abnormally skinny kid” who was the subject of teasing and derision. “Except for my dad,” Khattak says on Transcend’s Facebook page. His father bought Khattak an iPod, a gym membership and some protein powder, and the young man was on his way.

After Khattak’s father died, Khattak went into personal training, vowing to help as many people as he can to live a healthier lifestyle.

At Transcend, Khattak offers boot camp classes every day but Sunday. He also works with clients on meal planning, recognizing that drastic measures such as cutting out all carbs or never going out to eat are not realistic.

He cites success stories that range from a mixed martial arts fighter to a 70-year-old woman who had never exercised.

“I take the scientific approach,” Khattak said. “I realize there’s life outside the gym. I come up with a game plan.”

Already, business has been brisk, he said.

“It’s really taken off,” he said. “It’s been going a little faster than we anticipated.”

Transcend Fitness is at 10th and E streets in Modesto. Call 209-666-4797 or find the page on Facebook. For anyone who wants to try a workout, Transcend offers “freebie Fridays.” Come in a bit early, sign a waiver, and work out for free to see if it’s for you.

ELSEWHERE AROUND THE BUSINESS BEAT: A couple of readers have asked what’s happening with Appetez, the longtime restaurant/caterer in Modesto’s Roseburg Square. This week, I got a tip from friend and former colleague Susan Windemuth that the place, most recently re-dubbed Tidewater Station Pub, had closed.

Appetez has been around for a couple of decades – when I started at The Modesto Bee, we had a team holiday lunch there. It was excellent. The owners also ran a popular catering business.

Phone calls to restaurant and catering lines went unanswered, and when I stopped by, the answer was apparent in a lovely note left on the door by owners Tom and Dorene Arnold.

It reads, in part, “After 20 amazing years, it is with gratitude and appreciation that we’re announcing the closing of our doors as Appetez and the Tidewater Pub and Restaurant. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve you over these many years.”

The Arnolds promise to reopen, at a place and date to be determined, as Buddy’s Pub and Grill. I will keep an eye and ear out for their next adventure.

▪ Lullaby Land and White’s for Boys! Those were the names of the downtown Modesto children’s clothing businesses that I could not remember.

Many thanks to all of the readers who called and refreshed my memory. Particularly the one who left me a voice mail message saying that the fine folks at Lullaby Land “hated to see us coming. I had such terrible children, and they never wanted to try on clothes.”

I am pretty sure that it wasn’t my own mother who left that message, but I couldn’t swear to it ...

▪ Thanks to my current colleague and friend, Jeff Jardine, who – despite being on vacation – sent me a photo that answers the question I’ve received from a few folks in Oakdale: Your Der Weinerschnitzel is open for business.

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