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A local real estate agent is going green with open-house showings. John Stallings takes potential buyers on bicycle tours to see homes. It’s great exercise, saves gas, cuts down on traffic and allows riders to get a better view of particular neighborhoods.
“I also find that when people ride up on bicycles and look at homes … neighbors tend to talk to us. It breaks down the walls,” Stallings says. “I’ve gotten lots of positive feedback,” he says.
Tour length depends on the number of open homes on a given weekend. He focuses on homes fitting the riders’ parameters, as well as best buys and new listings.
The Keller Williams agent started offering the tours in Kailua in February and has expanded to Ocean Pointe and Hawai‘i Kai. Kailua rides are the second and fourth Sundays of each month.
If you don’t have a bike, don’t worry; Stallings can arrange one for you. All riders must sign up in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org, wear a safety vest and sign a liability release form.
www.oahusbesthomes.com • 294-1794
Aloha Yoga Kula is taking a different approach from many yoga studios, offering donation-based classes for whoever shows up. A suggested fee is $10, but some people give more and some give less. A student recently paid instructor Martin Doluz with a sandwich.
“We’d rather have more people come,” Doluz says. “We’ve made it our mission to be there for the community.”
It seems to be working. Class sizes fluctuate, but typically 350 to 500 people of all ages attend classes each week in the garden-like surroundings. Six styles of yoga are offered, with one and a half hour classes starting at 6 a.m. and running well into the evening every day but Sunday.
Instructor Brigitte Snyder has noticed that a class called “gentle yoga” is becoming more popular. It’s suitable for most people and especially good for older folks who may not be as limber as they once were. After a few sessions, “It’s amazing to see the changes in their bodies,” Snyder says.
38 Kane‘ohe Bay Drive; (in a classroom behind Windward United Church of Christ, park in the church lot).
772-3520 • www.alohayogakula.com
Think organic means boring? Stop by Little Sprouts organic children’s boutique and you might change your mind.
Owner Melanie Decker Koehl, a graphic designer, had her first child about a year and a half ago. She wanted to outfit him in environmentally friendly, comfortable clothing, but couldn’t find enough of it on O‘ahu. So she opened her own store in August.
It’s a friendly, colorful shop, filled with clothing for children up to 4 years old, shoes diaper bags and natural toys. “Ecofriendly stuff can be just as cute,” Koehl says.
The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
629A Kailua Road (between Brent’s Deli and the Long’s parking lot)
266-8877 • www.littlesproutshawaii.com