HANCOCK - Happy, healthy, stress-free equals happy, healthy life.
That's the motto of the Copper Island Beach Club, the area's new health and fitness facility situated on the Hancock waterfront.
"It's been a long time in the making," co-owner Mary Kaminski said. "I always wanted to create an alternative form of entertainment incorporating a little bit of a healthier path."
Copper Island Beach Club co-owner Tom Rozich serves up beverages for a few lunchtime patrons. The Copper Island Beach Club is located on the Hancock waterfront.
The Copper Island Beach Club opened its doors next to Porvoo Park the end of August and features a restaurant and bar on the ground level and a fitness area on the second floor. The fitness area is open to members only, however the restaurant and bar is open to the public. Both levels overlook the scenic Portage Canal and Portage Lake Lift Bridge.
"Everyone enjoys the view," business partner Tom Rozich said. "It's so relaxing and peaceful and that was our intent."
The dining atmosphere is casual and comfortable with plenty of natural light shining through the windows. Adding a touch of local flair to the downstairs, Kaminski said, is the mural of the Hancock waterfront painted on the front of the bar by two former volleyball players, Mallory and Marisa Torola of Calumet. Other local talent, including Laura Hyrkas and Susan Sturos, added their artistic touches as well.
From the menu, diners have a variety of healthy snacks and entrees to choose from while the bar serves up a selection of beer, wine and liquor daily. The entire facility is smoke-free.
Each month, Rozich said they feature a different beer and on tap. This month it's Bell's Octoberfest. They even created their very own signature cocktail.
"Mary and I developed a Copper Island Iced Tea," Rozich said. "It's been really popular."
To eliminate any confusion, he said their "dry Friday" policy is no longer in effect. Instead, they're offering drink specials from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays.
For the sports enthusiasts, the Copper Island Beach Club boasts two flat-screen HDTVs complete with the Big Ten Network.
"You can watch two sporting events at one time," Rozich said. "Come on down for Monday night football. We have $2 drafts."
The bar also features weekly social events such as Men's Night Monday, Senior's Day and Talent Night Tuesday, Women's Night Wednesday, Dance Lessons Thursday, and they hope to have dancing on Fridays and Saturdays.
"The whole purpose is to come and relax and have fun," Rozich said. "We have cribbage boards available ... Scrabble boards. You can come and play Euchre."
Wireless Internet is also available, he added. Students are welcome to come in with their laptop computers.
Additionally, they have a ping pong league that plays at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and anyone is welcome to join in the fun.
"Basically, we laugh for two hours," Kaminski said. "It's really a lot of fun and a little exercise, too."
The fitness area upstairs includes a range of state-of-the-art exercise equipment such as stationary bikes, treadmills and elliptical machines. All of the equipment is situated in front of large windows overlooking the water. Shower and bathroom facilities are available for the "sheroes" and "heroes" and each of the rooms are painted in uplifting hues of pink and green.
Rozich said the walls in the workout facility are painted in Stirring Orange, and, for good reason.
"The orange is supposed to stimulate strength," he said. "Mary is a very creative lady."
Kaminski said they put a lot of planning into the operation and design of the facility and wanted to be as environmentally friendly as possible. From the paint on the walls down to the sanitizers, she said they're all non-toxic products. Even the product packaging and containers are recyclable.
"We're trying to do what's environmentally friendly," she said. "We're making a conscious effort to reduce the refuse we create, as well as limit the toxins we're faced with. People are relatively unaware of how unhealthy their surroundings are with the products they use."
Encouraging diners to bring in their own to-go containers is yet another way they're trying to reduce waste.
The Copper Island Beach Club is designed to promote a healthy and fun-filled lifestyle, Kaminski said, which is why she organized a mid-day walk, called the Lunchtime Loop, for lunchgoers looking to incorporate a little exercise in their day.
"What they'll do is order from the menu, then take a walk down to the marina and back," Kaminski said, adding the loop is approximately one mile. "If you're having an overwhelming day, come and get some fresh air and refuel with a healthy lunch afterwards."
De-stressing our lives is important, Kaminski added.
"People can choose to invest in their health or the treatment of their disease," she said. "Stress is harmful and exercise is one of the best therapies."
Rozich said the Copper Island Beach Club is situated on 350 feet of waterfront property, allowing plenty of room for outdoor activities year-round. This winter, he said they'd like to build an ice rink under the pavilion adjacent to the club for kids to skate on while their parents use the facilities.
Come summer, he said they're looking forward to opening the patio for outdoor dining and cocktails, and possibly provide a music venue.
"We'd like to see people take a time out in their busy day and enjoy the beauty of our surroundings," Kaminski said, "and, enjoy life in general."
The Copper Island Beach Club is open daily. For more information, call 482-CIBC (2422).
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