Downtown Evanston and the Evanston Chamber of Commerce invite the Evanston community to celebrate the official opening of two new businesses on April 29. Mayor Stephen Hagerty, City staff, and community members will participate in ribbon-cutting ceremonies for Urban Athlete at 4 p.m. and Madison Grace at 5 p.m.
Urban Athlete opened its second location on April 19 at 1026 Davis St. Like the original location in Ravenswood, Urban Athlete features a variety of 45-minute workouts that focus on building endurance, strength, and power. Class choices include HIIT, spin, yoga, rowing, and boxing. Each class is heart-rate based and taught by a personal trainer to keep members engaged throughout their fitness journey.
“Urban Athlete is excited to build a community in downtown Evanston of members who love the challenge of staying healthy and being fit. With our variety of classes and personal training options, our skilled and dedicated staff is here to help everyone meet their fitness goals,” explained Nelle Lawrence, President of Urban Athlete.
Two blocks east, Madison Grace opened its doors on April 1 at 612 Davis St. Owned by Angelica D’Costa, Madison Grace is a shopping destination for women’s contemporary fashion with a chic and approachable style. Here you will find a curated collection of wearable and effortless pieces, from an affordable pair of great denim to the perfect gift for a friend. Madison Grace is named after Angelica’s hometown of Madison, Wis., and her middle name Grace, also the name of her great-grandmother.
Ms. D’Costa says, “Following the closing of gigi BOTTEGA, where I was the manager, I decided to take the leap and pursue my dream of opening my own shop. Madison Grace features a similar style of clothing and accessories with some new brands. The boutique’s stylists provide a comfortable shopping experience for everyone, focusing on the clients’ individual needs. I am thrilled to be a part of the downtown Evanston business community and continue to connect with local business owners, residents, and visitors.”
Annie Coakley, director of Downtown Evanston, said, “It’s so exciting to celebrate not one but two ribbon-cutting events as we slowly emerge from the pandemic. We are optimistic about continuing to welcome new businesses and help local entrepreneurs jump start their business dreams.”