F45; Smoke Jazz & Supper Club; Loco Coco; Craftsman Cafe; Zaza Waza Smoke Shop; ZAZA Convenience – West Side Rag

By Lisa Kava and Scott Etkin

F45 Training, a fitness center specializing in “innovative, high-intensity, fast, fun, and performance-driven group workouts,” opens a Lincoln Square South location at 600 West 58th Street in late July. “F” stands for functional training, a mixture of circuit and HIIT-style training aimed at everyday movement. 45 is the total amount of time for sweaty, heart-pounding fun, ”John Baruc, General Manager of F45 LIncoln Square, told West Side Rag. The site was previously occupied by another fitness studio called I Love Kickboxing. F45 Training has several locations, including in downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, Jersey City, Hoboken and Long Island. (Thanks to Mindy for the tip.)

Smoke Jazz & Supper Club reopens for in-person shows starting July 21, with a four-day performance from July 21-24 by jazz saxophonist George Coleman. The Jazz Club, located at 2751 Broadway on 106th Street, has been closed to indoor performances and dining for over two years due to the pandemic. The Smoke Jazz & Supper Club was founded in 1999 by the husband and wife team of Paul Stache and Molly Sparrow Johnson. It is a “world-famous music venue with beloved living legends and sensational new talents,” the website states.

Crazy Cocoa vegan cafe that “prides itself on serving the best vegan superfood smoothies and smoothies of the highest quality in NYC,” opened a new location on June 13 at 2907 Broadway (114th Street near Columbia University.) “Inspired by unique taste and popping color of the pitaya fruit, “Loco Coco serves smoothies, acai bowls, juices and matcha. The Broadway location currently only works” in the store “, but will soon be set up for online orders as well as delivery. Loco Coco has locations in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and on the Upper East Side. (Thanks to Tracy for the tip.)

Craftsman cafe, a coffee and patisserie opened at 608 Amsterdam Avenue on 89th Street on June 12th. The owners, Ana Anaya and her brother Jose Anaya, are from the Santa Ana region of El Salvador, where they previously worked in the coffee industry. “We wanted to bring delicious, good quality coffee here,” Ana told West Side Rag. The coffee is grown and roasted on coffee plantations in El Salvador and imported. Ana also works with a community of artisans from her home country and sells bags that are woven by hand and made from recycled plastic. (Thanks to Karina for the tip.)

Zaza Waza Smoke Shop, a smoke and grocery store opened on June 13 at 550 Columbus Avenue between 86th and 87th Street. “We’re happy to be here,” the store employee told WSR. He also told us that the owner has a different location on 85th Street and Amsterdam.

ZAZA convenience, a bodega and smoking equipment store, opens on Broadway between 108th and 109th Streets. It replaces a T-Mobile store. This store is not related to Zaza Waza Smoke Shops on Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue. (Thanks to Molly for the tip.)

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