Well, here’s something of which Lima can be proud and celebrate.
And we’re not making this up.
Lima ranks No. 2 in the United States in a rating of the cheapest cities for yoga.
We’re No. 2, baby!
If you’re looking for a place to stretch, breath deeply and decrease stress while burning calories – Lima’s got it all over San Francisco, Berkley, Vegas, Seattle and the Big Apple – all those places that are supposed to be so hip.
Only Dublin-Laurens County, Georgia, is better than Lima when it comes to yoga prices. The average cost of a yoga class there is $5. Lima comes in second at $6.25. That may seem like a big gap between the two top spots, but remember, when you’re done with your yoga class in Lima, you can scarf down a Kewpee. What are you going to get in Georgia — a peach?
By now you may be wondering who would conduct such a study. Better yet, why would they do such a study?
The answer to question No. 1 is Rent.com. As for the why, it explained: “In recent years, more focus has been put on both physical and mental health as well as creating a work-life balance. … Many studies show yoga can help combat many effects of the stresses of life, though often those classes can come with a high price tag.”
Translation: We had no good reason to conduct such a study, it just seemed like something to do at the time.
One thing neat about the rankings were they included little blurbs about each city that finished in the Top 10. Rent.com had this to say about Lima:
“Fans of the hit TV show ‘Glee’ might find the city of Lima to be familiar, as all six seasons were set here. If you’re looking for a city that will provide you with a pleasant change of pace, Lima might be for you. The Rotary River Walk along the Ottawa River provides 4.2 miles of paved trail, and there’s an extended bike path, too. One-bedrooms in the center of town cost about $600 a month.”
As for the rest of the Top 10, following Dublin-Laurens and Lima are Pryor Creek, Oklahoma ($7.20); Tucson, Arizona ($7.25); Cleveland Tennessee ($7.25), Salinas, Kansas ($7.50); Burlington, Iowa ($7.75); Valdosta, Georgia ($8), Dodge City, Kansas ($8) and Staunton-Augusta County, Virginia ($8.08).
Our neighbors to the north — Findlay, Ohio — are at the bottom of the barrel, rated No. 50 with an average cost of a yoga lesson being $12 (rip off!).
So hey, all you millennials. All you X, Y and Z-ers who question the quality of life in our city. Find a yoga class and partake.
ROSES AND THORNS: A couple of milestones in the restaurant industry are celebrated in the rose garden.
Rose: Red Pig Inn owners Richard and Paulette Schnipke retired Thursday after nearly 45 years of providing the best barbecue in Northwest Ohio. The new owners of the popular Ottawa restaurant are a local group of buyers who choose to remain anonymous and a new general manager will be named, according to Paulette.
Rose: Speaking about ratings, Kewpee has been named the No. 10 fast casual restaurant in the United States by Trip Advisor.
Rose: To Hunter Burton, of Van Wert. He lived up to the Boy Scout motto — “Be Prepared” — when he helped save the life of a man who was having a heart attack. The Boy Scout was honored by the First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
Rose: The United Way of Greater Lima campaign is off to a good start. It already has raised $449,835, or 28% of the group’s $1.6 million campaign goal.
Thorn: A threat was made against Allen East schools Tuesday night, causing the sheriff’s office to spend ample time investigating the matter before determining it was safe for school to be held.
PARTING SHOT: Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut and still think they are sexy.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.