Ian and Riana Potgieter of Irvine, who own Fit Clubs in Irvine and Sacramento, are planning to open a third location in Ladera Ranch in January. The gym, which focuses on personal training and small group training with classes of 10 people or less, use functional movements with TRX rip trainers, TRX suspension trainers, kettlebells, boxing bags and battle ropes. “We want to open our studios in areas that are huge with community, family and getting involved,” Ian Potgieter said. “The type of areas where you know the names of your neighbors and a place where each studio has members who feel part of an extended family with one another.” The Ladera Ranch location at 25612 Crown Valley Parkway will celebrate with a grand opening party 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 16. The event will feature food, drinks and giveaways. The first 100 clients to sign up before Jan. 16 at fitclub-studios.com will receive a reduced membership rate, Potgieter said. SELLING CHRISTMAS TREES FOR A CAUSE

Mission Viejo resident Rudy Padrol, founder of I Connect Your Dot’s Consulting Group where he unites businesses and people through acts of kindness, has organized a Christmas tree lot at Saddleback Lanes Parking Lot, 25402 Marguerite Parkway in Mission Viejo.

The business will sell trees until Dec. 25 to benefit local charities. Many nonprofits are providing coupons for the shoppers to use when shopping for a tree at the lot. The nonprofit organization on the coupon will receive 30 percent of the proceeds from the sale. If no coupon is presented, Padrol will donate 30 percent of the sale to the Child Abuse Prevention Center.

“Giving back is part of my DNA… and last year the tree lot was very successful and we raised $2,500 for local nonprofits and donated over 40 trees to families in need,” he said.

Participating charities include: Mission Viejo Football/Boosters Athletics Program, Mission Viejo Christian Church, Saddleback Lanes after school bowling program, Mission Viejo Activities Committee, Silverado High School Academic Program, Mira Monte High School Academic Program, Human Trafficking Orange County and the Illumination Foundation.

LAGUNA NIGUEL CENTER CELEBRATES GRAND REOPENING

The Aliso Village Shopping Center, owned by Shapell Properties, celebrated the holidays with a grand reopening and sidewalk sale on Saturday. The event featured strolling carolers, Santa visits, raffles, a balloon artist, a face painter and a caricature artist.

The center at 23952 Aliso Creek Road in Laguna Niguel has undergone a one-year renovation that included new storefronts, roofs, new lighting and awnings, a new courtyard and parking improvements. The center is anchored by Whole Foods Market.

C2 EDUCATION CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING

C2 Education, which began as a private tutoring program run out of a Harvard University dorm room, has expanded to 110 centers across the nation, including 26548 Moulton Parkway in Laguna Hills.

The center offers personal tutoring, SAT/ACT test help and educational support for students in elementary school, middle school and high school. The Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Nov. 12.

J.JILL ARRIVES AT MISSION VIEJO MALL

Clothing retailer J.Jill unveiled a new 3,757-square-foot prototype store at The Shops at Mission Viejo on Dec. 2. J.Jill is a women’s apparel, accessories and footwear shop, which has more than 200 stores nationwide.

To celebrate the opening, J. Jill also made a donation to their Orange County-based Compassion Fund Partner, Laura’s House, which is south county’s domestic abuse shelter.

PET SUPPLY TO OPEN IN RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Rancho Santa Margarita resident Garrett Hoeflich plans to expand his chain of Pet Supply stores to his hometown. He is underway to open his sixth location at 22372 EL Paseo in Rancho Santa Margarita in January. His other locations are in Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Bonita and Trabuco Canyon. Hoeflich, whose stores have been open for 32 years, offers a wide selection of dog and cat food and supplies. Hoeflich’s family is involved in the operations, including his wife, three children and grandchildren, he said.

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