Local businessman Chris Goss will open a spin-bike exercise center downtown called Rush Cycle to offer patrons 45-minute sessions of pedaling in place while enjoying cutting-edge lighting and sound systems.

Goss said Rush Cycle will occupy about 2,000 square feet in a building at 300 S. Second St. that Turner Behringer Development Co. is renovating.

“We will have 40 Keizer spin bikes,” Goss said in an email message, referring to an equipment brand. “Rush Cycle will provide the local community with an efficient cardio workout while maintaining quality, intimacy and convenience.

“Our classes accommodate all levels of exercise.”

Rush Cycle is a company based in San Diego, California, for which Goss and his wife, Madison, have become franchisees. Goss also owns and operates Elysian Cryotherapy, 1101 Richland Drive in Uptown Plaza, where people seeking pain relief or a boost of energy can immerse themselves in a chamber cooled to minus 130 to minus 150 degrees Celsius.

Elsewhere in Greater Waco, as the Tribune-Herald has reported, Austin-based real estate agent Charlie Quisenberry has announced he will place a bike-centric exercise center called CycleBar in an 8,000-square-foot retail development near the Bagby Avenue entrance to Central Texas Marketplace. It will operate near a retirement and assisted-living community that Dallas-based Emerald Cottages Group is developing.

Both cycle centers reportedly will open early next year, sources said.

Family business awards

The Institute for Family Business at Baylor University will honor the 2017 Texas Family Business of the Year Award winners during a banquet Nov. 3 at the school’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation.

Local companies receiving recognition include Waco-based ARC Abatement Holding, which provides asbestos removal and disaster remediation services from a growing number of offices and collected the “Well-Managed” award. Meanwhile, the “Stewardship” award went to Stanton Studios of Waco, which creates artwork from metal, wood and glass.

The “Small Family Business of the Year” award went to National Write Your Congressman of Richardson. The “Medium Family” award went to Shearer Supply of Carrollton; and the “Large Family” award went to Lowe’s Market in Littlefield, according to a press release from Baylor.

ComicFest

Bankston’s Sports Memorabilia, Comics and Collectibles, 1321 S. Valley Mills Drive, will take part in “ComicFest,” a worldwide event sponsored by the comic book industry and scheduled Oct. 28.

“Halloween ComicFest is a great event for the whole community,” owner Brent Bankston wrote in a press release. “Bringing everyone together, finding books for everyone to enjoy, and seeing people of all ages — children, teens and adults — sharing our passion for comics is incredible.”

This is the eighth year Bankston’s has celebrated ComicFest, and between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., the shop has scheduled a costume contest, a $5 sidewalk sale, a “Stranger Things” marathon and food and drink specials at the King’s Landing restaurant and game center next door, according to the press release.

Bubba’s 33 award

Bubba’s 33, a restaurant chain with a location at Bagby Avenue and the Interstate 35 frontage road in Waco, received a “Hot Concepts Award” from Nation’s Restaurant News during the recent Multi-Unit Foodservice Operators Conference held in Dallas, according to a press release.

The 20-restaurant chain, owned by Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse, is based in Louisville, Kentucky, and opened its first restaurant in Fayetteville, North Carolina, seven years ago. It received the award with four other up-and-comers: Bibibop, Flower Child, New Bohemia and Public School on Tap.

Previous winners include Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, which has opened three locations in Greater Waco, and Smashburger, which has shuttered its Waco restaurant on North Valley Mills Drive.

Whataburger charm

Two Texas-based chains, Whataburger and James Avery, are collaborating to offer a sterling silver charm for holiday shoppers.

“When we were thinking of new offerings, we instantly got excited about connecting two Texas brands that people grow up knowing and loving,” Whataburger vice president of retail Mike Sobel wrote in a press release. “If you love Texas and Whataburger, you’re going to love this charm.”

The sterling silver charm is engraved with the “flying W” Whataburger logo and is available at shop.whataburger.com for $60.

Gas prices continue fall

Gasoline prices continue to plummet in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, with the AAA Texas auto club reporting in a press release that the average price of regular unleaded dropped 7 cents, to $2.32 a gallon, during the week ending Thursday. The price had dropped 5 cents in each of the previous two weeks, according to the auto club.

Meanwhile, the average price of a gallon of regular in Waco stood at $2.28 on Saturday, a 20-cent drop from the $2.48 average a month earlier, according to GasBuddy.com.

The Road Ranger convenience store in Lacy Lakeview was charging $2.14 a gallon for regular unleaded Saturday, the cheapest in Greater Waco, while the Flying J and Pilot travel centers were asking $2.15 a gallon, according to GasBuddy.com.

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