Alex Evers, owner of Stillwater Martial Arts talks about how his business is expanding and the free summer block party he’s throwing in downtown Stillwater on Saturday.
1. How many years have you done this?
We’ve done something similar in the past but this is only the second year we’ve closed off the street next to the studio. Ninth Ave. will be closed 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday from the corner of Main Street to the alley behind my building for the party.
2. What types of activities will you have?
We’ll have outside activities like inflatables, face painting and a dunk tank, but we’ll also have things going on inside. We’re giving away popcorn and sno-cones and people who want to give Karate a try can sign up for a free 30-minute class. We’re also running a summer special for people who want to sign up for regular classes.
3. Is this an official Downtown Stillwater event?
We’re doing this as a completely free event for the community that is open to anyone who wants to come. I was really happy about the number of people who came last year even though we didn’t publicize it much because they were just walking by and happened to see it. We will have a few of the other downtown merchants participating. I’d love to have as many as wanted to be a part of it.
4. What else do you have going on?
I’m really excited about our recent expansion into the space next door that gave us 3,000 badly-needed square feet. In addition to our summer special on classes, we’re doing a summer camp and starting to pre-enroll for fall after-school daycare.
5. How is the after school program doing?
It’s great. We already have as many students signed up as we had all of last year and we have three months to go. I think parents like the low student to counselor ratio, the fact that we have structure and the fact that they’re busy doing things. Karate class is included in the cost. We also offer homework help and provide a snack. We’re adding another van and expanding to Sangre Ridge Elementary and the Middle School this year. Now we can cover every elementary school. For more information people can talk to us Saturday or call 405-372-5425.
– Michelle Charles