By Carla Vianna
Cymplify and the Institute for Workforce Innovation, two organizations with a shared vision of doing good things for good people, have teamed up to enhance the services at the Melrose Senior Community Center, now known as The Landing.
“We wanted a name that would communicate a place of connectivity, where people could come together to learn, socialize and just connect as a community,” said Jonathan Leslie, IWI Executive Director and CEO.
Cymplify, a collective organization aiming to provide meaningful activities to the Gainesville community, includes a coffee shop, ice cream shop and retail store — all of which now will be available at The Landing. The goal is to add on to the events that the center already provides, not replace them, Leslie said.
“We are always looking for other organizations or groups that can enhance what we do at the center, and we looked at that partnership as a way to increase the capacity of what we can do at The Landing,” he said.
CYM Coffee Co., Cymple Scoops and the Cymple Market will be up and running by the first week of August. Ken Block, Cymplify co-founder and lead singer of local band Sister Hazel, and Leslie said the new stores will be employed by local Melrose residents that know the community well.
Events will range from health- and fitness-related, with exercise classes such as Zumba and yoga, to educational opportunities, such as social networking classes and lecture series.
Block said there will be plenty of “edu-tainment.”
“We marry educational opportunities with a good time,” Block said. “We’re building all these programs around that great foundation that (the IWI) already has.”
Block also aims to promote Melrose’s local art scene at by hosting artists for art walks and bringing in live music from local bands.
As Cymplify continues to mold its unique image, opportunities for growth keep springing up, Block said.
“I can’t say enough about how good that partnership feels,” he said. “It’s a pleasure to work with (the IWI) on every level.”
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