I went to the Hermantown YMCA, which is somehow, I don’t entirely understand how, co-branded with Essentia. It’s an amazing complex, not least of which because it contains, as well, a Yellow Bike Coffeeshop.
Yellow Bike has received some good press for its three locations — Hermantown on the Highway, Hermantown in the Y, and Duluth at Fitger’s. (I’m not sure whether the Fitgers location is still a Yellow Bike — can someone confirm for me?)
I enjoyed some really tasty, pulpy juice after a swim. The Y has a lap pool, which the new Essentia at the mall sorely lacks. But the new Essentia at the Mall doesn’t have so very many children in the pool.
Is it wrong to pick a health club based on the presence of children? What I like most about Essentia at the mall now is the lack of kids and the Caribou after. Yellow Bike makes the coffee part of the decision equal … what else should I consider?
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