RUMBLE BOXING COMING DOWNTOWN ... Rumble Boxing fitness studio is preparing to bring its high-energy workout program to downtown Palo Alto this fall. The company hasn't confirmed an official opening date yet, but there already are job listings posted on LinkedIn seeking fitness instructors, and "Coming Soon" signs are hanging outside the center's soon-to-be new home in a 6,518-square-foot groundfloor space at 611 Emerson St. Founded in New York City in 2016, the fitness studio has quickly gained attention (and a roster of celebrity clients, including Justin Bieber and Sylvester Stallone) for its use of lights and music to evoke a nightclub-like atmosphere during workouts: Its trainers also serve as DJs during classes. According to the company's website, the studio uses water-filled punching bags in the shape of teardrops, which reportedly reduce stress on joints. The high-energy, high-intensity classes incorporate shadow boxing, punching bags and strengthening exercises during 45-minute sessions aimed for a range of skill and ability levels. Palo Alto will be the company's second Bay Area location. It opened a studio in San Francisco last fall.
MAUM WINS FIRST MICHELIN STAR ... Maum, which brought modern, high-end Korean dining the Peninsula last summer, has won its first Michelin star, joining a small but growing group of South Bay restaurants with the sought-after culinary distinction. Michelin announced the stars on Monday night in Huntington Beach for the company's inaugural California guide. In a tweet, Michelin described Maum as "heartfelt, precise, and focused." Husband-and-wife team Michael and Meichih Kim, who both previously cooked at Michelin-starred restaurants, lead the kitchen. Maum was first a private dining space, then opened to the public last July. Anonymous Michelin inspectors said that Maum, which means "from the heart" in Korean, creates an "incredibly exciting dining experience." The kitchen is fueled by a private farm in Los Altos Hills where the chefs work with a farmer to grow hard-to-find Korean produce for dishes such as kkakdugi brisket rice and abalone porridge. At Maum, which is open just for dinner four nights a week, diners eat at a long, wooden communal table that accommodates 16 people. With the 2019 guide, Palo Alto is now home to three Michelin stars: Maum, Protege and Baume. —E.K.
Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Elena Kadvany and Maya Homan. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? The Weekly will check them out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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