BY MORGAN LEGEL
JACQUELINE PERRY GUZMAN
For the Journal
After a stressful holiday season and end of the year, businesses centered around self-care and relaxation can come in handy, especially when they bring a new face to Guam.
Le Balance Guam, a corrective muscle therapy center, opened in April. This massage technique is used to correct damaged muscles and tissues by eliciting the client’s own healing response to restore damaged muscles, body tissues and nerve functions.
Max Koo, owner and founder of Le Balance Guam, decided this was a technique many people on the island needed after moving to Guam from southern California, so he funded the $200,000 bill of opening to bring the unique method to island residents.
“I saw a lack of corrective muscle therapy offices in Guam and many people do not know that their body is in bad shape, so opening this shop was the answer to both,” Koo said.
Le Balance offers both “master therapy” and “regular therapy” sessions. Under the master therapy umbrella, a client can choose an hour-long corrective muscle therapy session for $160 or an athletic therapy session for $200. When it comes to regular corrective muscle therapy, prices range from $60 for a half hour session to $160 for two hours.
With eight employees and a prime location in the Guam Business Center in Harmon Loop Road, the 2,400 square-foot center is doing well, Koo said.
“So far customers have been leaving satisfied and wanting to return whenever they have any injuries or body aches,” he said.
Koo is also partnering as a co-owner of a new coffee shop, which will be opening in Unit 222 of the Agana Shopping Center.
He and Co-owner John Jung planned the opening of the 1,600 square-foot Signature Coffee location for Jan. 2.
The shop will have a new spin for Guam’s coffee market, bringing third-wave coffee, specifically Intelligentsia Coffee imported from South Korea. This type of product partnership will allow the duo to offer “high quality, single origin coffee and black cat espresso, along with organic tea blends,” Jung said.
“We will also be pairing these beverages with homemade pastries and cakes,” he said, “Food will be coming along in the near future as well.”
In other new business news, the Micronesia Mall Food Court is expanding its offerings.
Erik Salvador, operations manager and social media Head at Micronesia Mall told the Journal Chapter One Dumpling House is a Chinese restaurant offering unique food. “Chapter One will offer authentic Chinese dishes specializing in dumplings cooked in a unique blend, which the owners learned from their rich cultures in China,” he said. The restaurant owners are Selina Wang and Jeff Zhang.
For coffee and tea lovers, early in 2022 the food court will feature Elevenses, which will offer espresso drinks, tea, and a wide variety of other refreshments. The coffee house is owned by Verj and Grace Valencia. “The coffee shop’s unique name came from the number eleven which has a significant meaning to the owners. The definition of Elevenses means to take a short break for light refreshments with coffee or tea at eleven o’clock,” Salvador said. Mall goers can expect “a cozy coffee shop with a distinctive design and beautiful flower arrangements.”
Salvador said the mall is excited to feature the new businesses. “The mall always finds a way to feature a variety of foods and refreshments. With these two, they are unique in their own way by having a twist of their food and drinks out of its usual taste and presentation.” The two businesses will join an already full food court, he said. “All our present food court tenants are popular in their own way and have their own set of costumers.”
Also, Panda Express has opened at the Guam Navy Exchange food court. Other outlets already open include Okisushi, Popeyes, Dominos and Del Taco (See “Feeding the troops: NEX food court to welcome new vendors,” in the June 7 issue of the Journal.)
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