Health & Fitness

Philz Coffee gets unusual neighbor – an upscale boutique that requires boxing gloves

Blake and Jennifer Kidwell, Sacramento natives, plan to open a ‘boutique’ boxing workout club at Ice Blocks downtown.
Blake and Jennifer Kidwell, Sacramento natives, plan to open a ‘boutique’ boxing workout club at Ice Blocks downtown.

Ice Blocks, the downtown development that introduced Philz Coffee to Sacramento, is launching another local first, a boxing gym its operators describe as “boutique,” with group workouts geared as much for women as for men.

It will be the fifth Title Boxing Club franchise in California. Others are in Los Angeles, San Diego and Silicon Valley. The company specializes in group fitness workouts involving boxing gloves and bags, kickboxing, but no contact. The gym also has combination boxing and yoga classes called “boga.”

The franchise is expected to open next spring in a commercial building under construction at 16th and R streets.

“It’s the most fun, highest energy one-hour experience I have had in my life,” said Blake Kidwell, who will operate the local gym with his wife, Jennifer, both Sacramento natives. “It’s for people of all shapes, sizes, ages, children, elderly people, people with different fitness goals.”

The gym will be “upscale, intimate, high-end finishes, clean, high quality,” according to Kidwell, and will add to the eclectic nature of Ice Blocks, a three-block mixed-use development that recently opened along R Street behind the midtown Safeway.

The site includes 142 apartments in industrial-looking buildings, along with a Philz Coffee, retail and office sites, an upcoming West Elm furniture store, an ice cream and donut shop, and an upcoming restaurant called Beast + Bounty.

“It feels like its own little city within the city,” said Michael Hargis of Lowbrau Bierhalle, who said he plans to open the Beast + Bounty restaurant in November or December.

The Ice Blocks is one of several urban infill communities under construction in central Sacramento, along with the Mill at Broadway, Crocker Village, the Creamery in Alkali Flat and McKinley Village in East Sacramento.

Ice Blocks commercial real estate broker David Scanlon of Cushman & Wakefield said the project developers plan to announce several more commercial and retail tenants in the coming months.

Along R Street between 16th and 18th streets, a village of offices, shops and apartments called Ice Blocks is rising fast on the site of the former Crystal Ice plant, which burned to the ground in November 2015.

Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak

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