11:30 a.m., June 10)
guests pack them in at Greco's grand opening
By Fred Sherwin
A young visitor to the Greco Lean and Fit
Studio in Orléans poses for a photo
with Philadelphia Flyers all-star Claude Giroux
during the Greco's grand opening and open
house on Sunday. Fred Sherwin/photo
never hurts to have friends with a little bit of celebrity
status, especially when you're marking the grand opening
of a new business venture.
Greco Lean and Fit co-owner Zach Neilson called upon a
couple of his closest friends on Sunday to mark the grand
opening of the fitness studio, and not surprisingly it
created quite a buzz.
all-star Claude Giroux and Philadelphia Flyers teammate
Jason Akeson dropped by to pose for a few pictures and
signed some autographs, but the most popular special guest
judging by the number of people who wanted to be photographed
with him was Emmett Blois from Big Brother Canada.
his trademark white Stetson, Blois happily signed autographe
and smiled broadly as girls both young and old alike posed
for a photo with him.
met Neilson at St. Mary's Univeristy in Halifax where
they were third year roommates. They've been close friends
ever since, so when Neilson asked him to come to the grand
opening, Blois happily said yes.
I went into the (Big Brother) house I knew he was opening
a gym so when I came out everything was still a go, so
when he asked me if I would come up for the opening I
said, 'Sure, anything I can do to help'," said Blois
adding, "I know it's going to be a great success."
and Neilson met playing bantam hockey together for the
Cumberland Barons. In fact, Neilson was the first friend
Giroux made after he moved to Orléans from his
Hearst, Ontario in 2002.
was the first guy I met when I moved her from Hearst.
We hit it off right away and we've been friends ever since,"
said Giroux. "When he told me he was going to open
a Greco's gym in Orléans I thought it was a great
idea, I've been working with Tony Greco for a couple of
years now and the Lean and Fit program is a great program
that really works."
his part, Neilson was thrilled to have his buddies on
hand to help mark the grand opening of Greco Lean and
Fit's newest location.
been amazing. I'm fortunate to have friends who will drop
what they're doing and help me out," said Neilson.
Greco Lean and Fit Studio in Orleans offers a wide array
of programs, all designed to make their members increase
their fitness level so they can lead healthier lives.
For more information visit www.grecoleanandfit.com/greco_Location_Orleans.php.
Orléans Greco Lean and Fit co-owner
Zach Neilson (centre) with his buddies (l
to r) Jason Akeson, Emmett Blois and Claude
Giroux. Fred Sherwin/photo
story was made possible thanks to their generous support
of our local business
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