‘Embody Fitness Gourmet’ on Forest Street Closes

A Forest Street cafe offering quick-service, health-oriented cuisine has closed at least temporarily, according to a sign that appeared Monday in its window. Embody Gourmet Fitness closed “due to an electrical failure in kitchen,” the sign said. “We will reopen as soon as possible,” it said. It isn’t clear what caused the failure or how extensive the problem is. Embody’s owner, Gillen Bryant, could not be reached for comment.

Embody Opens Second New Canaan Location Inside Oxygen Fitness

More than one year after opening its New Canaan store on Forest Street, Embody Fitness Gourmet is launching a second “satellite” location inside a hugely popular boutique wellness and fitness facility across town. At the new location at Oxygen Fitness on Pine Street, Embody will sell its signature protein shakes and juices, as well as a “good selection” of gourmet salads and snacks, according to founder and owner Gillen Bryan. “We know Oxygen has a great reputation and certainly a lot of the members and instructors had already come to us, so when we talked to [Oxygen Fitness owners] David and Sara [Koch] about taking over to provide a great offering at Oxygen, it wasn’t really a tough decision,” Bryan said. The public will be able to access the Oxygen Fitness store directly inside the Pine Street facility’s main doors, with a soft opening this week and a Grand Opening later in the month, he said. Sara Koch said the introduction of Embody at Oxygen’s expanding “fitness campus” was designed to bring more options to members and others.