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Business beat: Kindred, partner purchase former WOWK building

Oct. 11, 2012 @ 12:32 AM

Renovations are under way in the former WOWK-TV building at 555 5th Ave. in Huntington, after Kindred Communications and a partner purchased it from West Virginia Media for an undisclosed price.

Committed to staying in downtown Huntington, Kindred President Mike Kirtner said Kindred is renovating the building with the help of developers Philip Nelson and Jim Weiler of Capital Venture Corp., the leasing agent on the property.

Space will be leased to other tenants besides Kindred, including WOWK-TV. Within the past year, West Virginia Media moved most of its Huntington WOWK-TV operations to its new Charleston office, but it will lease some space in the building.

The facility will be called the Kindred Capital Building when finished, Kirtner said.

Kindred operations are now divided in the Coal Exchange Building and the Huntington Bank Building. The company recently purchased two Huntington radio stations from Connoisseur Media of Connecticut. Kindred owns 93.7-FM The Dawg; 92.7-FM The Planet; 94.1-FM Super Talk (also heard on 930-AM as WRVC); Magic 97.9-FM; Big Buck Country 101.5-FM; and 1340-AM.

SNAP FITNESS: Snap Fitness, a chain of 24/7 state-of-the-art fitness clubs, has opened at 3554 U.S. 60 East in Barboursville.

The chain, which already has a location in Winfield, offers 24/7 access to the club via electronic key card entry, along with cardio and weight training equipment. The new center will be managed by John Pasley.

Every member who joins the club receives a Fitness Score Session with a personal trainer, along with a "Basic 8" workout plan. Members also receive access to their own personal web page at mysnapfitness.com, which provides health and wellness tools such as online workout tutorials, ideas for meal plans and free challenges intended to keep members engaged. Snap Fitness also offers members a 30-day, money-back guarantee.

In celebration of the grand opening, the Barboursville club is offering free enrollment this week for new members. More information is available by calling 304-840-0180 or emailing barboursvillewv@snapfitness.com.

PATTER FAM: Throughout the month Patter Fam Sauces of Wheelersburg, Ohio, will donate $1 of every bottle of Bourbon Barrel Hot Sauce to help end breast cancer. Patter Fam's Bourbon Barrel Hot Sauce is a limited edition hot sauce with a total of only 1,100 bottles manufactured. Aged in a bourbon barrel for six months, each bottle is numbered, hand dipped in wax and autographed by the producer. The sauce will be available online at www.patterfamsauces.com and at various events throughout the region. See the website and Facebook for locations.

WV KIDS CONSIGNMENT: A West Virginia Kids Consignment sale is planned Friday through Sunday, Oct. 26-28, at Pumpkin Park in Milton. Infant and children's clothing and maternity clothing will be sold on consignment, as well as baby and kids gear, toys, furniture and other household items.

Learn more at www.wvkids.net.

Please send business news items to Jean Tarbett Hardiman at jeant@herald-dispatch.com.