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Newsfront - August 28, 2009

Changes at Blackhawk Plaza

Exercise giant Bally's leaving, three new restaurants moving in

by Geoff Gillette

Blackhawk Plaza will be seeing a lot of changes in the near future as some stores and services are leaving and new ones are moving in.

In two cases, one business is leaving and a similar one is being slotted into the same space. One such case is Bally's; the gym is leaving its space, to be replaced by East Coast-based Crunch Fitness.

Blackhawk Plaza Marketing Director Ashleigh Tharp said she is expecting Crunch to come sometime during September.

"They'll be making some improvements on the space and then switch it over," Tharp explained. "They've got some amazing equipment. Really new types of workouts they'll be incorporating."

Another mainstay of the Plaza, Coldstone Creamery, will also be vacating its space in the next few months, to be replaced by San Francisco-based Tuttimelon, a frozen yogurt shop. Tharp said no definite timeline has been set for when Coldstone's departure and Tuttimelon's arrival.

Tharp said that other businesses also will be coming in during the fall including three new restaurants by Executive Chef Matthew Silverman. The first, Stomp, will open before Labor Day. Tharp described this new eatery as a "small plates and wine lounge" establishment.

In September, Coa, a contemporary Mexican restaurant will open. And in mid-October, Laurus, a southern European-style bistro will begin serving customers.

In the next two weeks, Geoffrey Cooper, creator of the women's fashion store Geoffrey Scott is expected to open a boutique aimed at teens and tweens. GBop will offer clothing and jewelry targeted at a younger clientele than the Geoffrey Scott stores.

"We've just got a lot of things going on right now," said Tharp. "It's been quite a year for Blackhawk Plaza."