Saibeen’s Kitchen and Anchor Fitness expanding into new locations; Panda Express, T-Mobile and Alumni Club openings this month

The Indian lunches that have been a hit at Pizazz are moving into a new space with more seating.

The grand opening in Jan. 9 at Times Square for Saibeen’s Kitchen.

Saibeen Acord said she’s outgrown Pizazz and the managers at Times Square reached out to her to see if she’s be interested in their upstairs space, utilizing the commercial kitchen there.

She started cooking at Pizazz and recently added a third day for her lunch offerings. Acord said she was getting busier and she sometimes had to turn people away for lack of seating.

At Times Square, she’ll keep the same Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. schedule for now. She’ll continue posting the menu to her Facebook page on Mondays as she had with Pizazz.

“We’ll pace it out and see what happens,” Acord said.

If it keeps up, she said she could expand to a fourth day for lunch. People have been encouraging her to do dinner service, but for now she’s keeping it simple.

Acord does all the cooking and for the time being, her mother-in-law will help her out. Depending on how well things go, she said she could add some part-time help.

She had previously run a catering business and her own restaurant in Calgary but left it to raise her kids. For a time she worked as an air traffic controller and when she moved to Great Falls in May 2016, she got back into the kitchen.

The owners of Pizazz asked her to collaborate with them for the Indian lunch offering and that got started in November 2016, she said.

“My passion has always been cooking,” Acord said. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well it’s been accepted.”

Acord will also begin teaching several courses through Great Falls College MSU’s Lifelong Learning.

Sora & Company is also moving, from 318 Central to 114 Central, in January. 

Anchor Fitness is also moving.

They’re moving from their current spot to 316 Central Ave. and their open house is Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The move will increase their space fivefold so they can serve more clients during the prime training times, early mornings and evenings. The new space also allows for a separate classroom so they can offer a wider variety of classes and times, according to Tamara Podry, owner and ACE certified personal trailer and fitness nutrition specialist.

Podry said their primary services are the one-on-one and small group personal training. They train a variety of clients including: prenatal/postpartum, post-rehab, military, athletes, those looking for weight loss and/or strength gains, elderly, those with chronic illness and youth, Podry said

“Everyone can benefit from having a personal trainer and we want to set ourselves apart as the premier personal training studio,” she said.

The classes they’ll offer in the new space include: Pilates Mat, Oula Power, HIIT, Zumba Strong, Barre, various mind-body and strength circuit classes. Classes will be offered on a drop-in basis, but clients should book their spots by downloading the Anchor Fitness app or using the MINDBODY app because space is limited to 10 people per class.

Each class is $10 and payment should be made through the app or online.  They’ll also hold special events including nutrition clinics, strength training courses and more, so follow the Anchor Fitness Facebook page to stay in the loop.

Here’s a quick roundup of other openings around town.

The Alumni Club has opened in the former West side VFW post.

The new management has renovated the space and is open for the holidays.

Find out more about their hours, events and prices on their Facebook page.

Panda Express has also opened on the corner of 10th Avenue South and 57th Street, in front of the east side Walmart.

The restaurant is hosting a career event on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new T-Mobile store in the former zpizza space at the corner of 10th Avenue South and 9th Street is hosting a grand opening on Friday. The store is looking for sales reps to work throughout Montana and you can apply here.