Sandwich franchise, fitness studio ready for business


Alexandra Faccenda

Next Level Fitness recently replaced Cleveland Yoga’s facility on Euclid.

A new academic year means new food and fitness opportunities on campus. In addition to One to One Fitness’ already launched Next Level Fitness Studio, Dave’s Cosmic Subs and Music will join the University Circle community later this year.

In the late 1990s, Dave Lombardy and his wife, Mary Ann, established the first Dave’s Cosmic Subs in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Lombardy’s vision, according to the restaurant’s website, was “inspired by the memory of sharing great sandwiches late at night with his dad” and the music of the 1960s.

This vision is now reality manifested in a rock n’ roll-themed restaurant with a broad menu of subs and salads. As at other Dave’s across the country, the upcoming Juniper Road location’s target audience consists of local community members and university students.

Marie Schramm, director of operations for North Coast Cosmic Subs, LLC—the franchisee of Dave’s Cosmic Subs and daughter company Sidhu Realty Capital, LLC—said, “We hope to fulfill the need for a great neighborhood hang-out spot for both students and the local community.”

At the heart of Case Western Reserve University’s north campus, the restaurant will take the place of the former Barking Spider Tavern, a long-lived campus hot spot which closed in 2016.\

Dave’s will continue the Barking Spider’s tradition of live music, adding a twist with themed weeknight activities including karaoke, open mic and trivia nights. Its owners predict that this particular Dave’s will be the only location which features a bar and live entertainment.

Another addition to campus this year is Next Level Fitness Studio, owned by One to One Fitness, on Euclid Avenue. The University Fitness Centers’ boutique studio, which offers both fitness and wellness services, replaced the space above Dunkin’ Donuts after Cleveland Yoga’s lease ended in April.

Next Level offers classes including various types of yoga, meditation, cycling and martial arts. Among its wellness services are massages, private yoga and meditation sessions, Reiki, hypnosis, nutritional guidance and even complimentary tea tasting. The variety and range of classes aim to support the studio’s mission of approaching health holistically.

Senior Director of University Fitness Centers Bryn Mota said, “The mission of Next Level is to provide a contemporary, uplifting and inclusive experience inspiring each other to reach our next level of wellness as a part of a community of not only strong bodies but strong minds. A holistic approach combining high intensity classes with restorative services for individual mind-body balance and transformation.”

“One to One Fitness is a great fitness center and [is] known for being among the best since 1988,” Mota said. “Next Level takes all that makes One to One a success and is able to specialize and build upon those in a boutique setting.”

By “specializing,” Mota refers to the studio’s sub-areas of broader categories in health and wellness. For example, while One to One offers yoga, Next Level offers hot yoga.

“The studio is welcoming to all,” Mota said. “We hope [Next Level] will form a community of a diverse group of people on the journey to good health.”