With a location nestled in the Dunes, it’s no wonder that the Duneland community has many ways to focus on health and wellness. From taking a hike up Mt. Tom, the enjoying the peaceful sounds of waves washing up on the shore, Duneland is a picturesque community for the body, mind, and spirit. But there are also a number of businesses and organizations that also help to promote a great quality of life in Duneland.
Serenity Salon & Spa at 880 Sidewalk Rd. in Chesterton is the perfect place for the girls to chill out and enjoy a little quality time together. Owner Wendy Krantz says, “Our goal is to wow the client and go the extra step. Our mission is to strive for an unsurpassed customer service and we provide our staff with continuing education to accomplish this. We’re like a family here and our customers feel that. It’s a great place to be, side by side with your girlfriends. It’s always fun to come and get pampered, and everything here is always at its best and comfortable. We pay attention to detail so you can slip away for a day and hang out with your friends. We always have groups coming in for a side-by-side pedicure, manicure, or massage, and we really roll out the red carpet.” Serenity Salon & Spa offers full-service hair, massage, waxing, nail, and facial services.
The Duneland Family YMCA is also focused on health and wellness in a variety of ways for all members of the family. Jane Delligatti, marketing coordinator says, “We have a number of programs to bring health and wellness to the community such as our Family Fun Nights which start the first week of June. These focus on family activities like the Indoor Sports Tourney. You can learn to play the exciting sport of pickleball, challenge your family and meet new families to hang out with, or play basketball and racquet ball. We have an event called Father's Day Fun which is an outdoor baseball game and a Super Dad Contest. We also offer the Family Pool Party, Music Night & Cornhole Tourney and have many more plans each week throughout the summer.”
“We also feature Parents Night Out which offers child care services on Friday evenings from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. for a nominal fee so parents can spend an evening out. We have plenty of fitness programs and personal training and we always offer a great schedule for cardio, strength and toning available. The YMCA has plenty to offer all ages, toddlers through seniors. For toddlers, generally ages 2 and up, we have sports sessions each season, indoor and outdoor soccer, T-ball, basketball, flag football, and swim lessons. Our Fun Zone is geared toward infants and kids 12 and under. It is a safe fun environment for kids to play and do crafts while parents work out. Our summer camp for kids is offered for kindergarteners through eighth grade and gives them activities and fun daily events for 10 weeks of summer. We have sports with Chesterton Police and Fire Departments Monday through Thursday each week and the CPD and CFD donate their time from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. to entertain area youth. It is free to all kids ages 11 through 17. We also have a great number of fitness programs and activities for adults and for seniors we operate a senior center four days each week for movies, luncheons, crafts, bingo and day trip activities. We offer Building Fit Friends exercise classes three times each week and a community room use where seniors play bridge each week and other groups entertain guests for parties and showers,” she says.
For those who have a hard time making ends meet, Delligatti says each year the Duneland Family YMCA awards more than $150,000 to those in need. She says, “Scholarships are used by families for the Y's Early Childhood Development Program, summer day camp, swimming lessons, infant childcare and memberships for families and individuals who otherwise wouldn't be able to benefit from YMCA services.”
VisionPoint opened at the beginning of May, 2014 in Chesterton, located in the Indian Oak Mall on Indian Boundary Road. Jen Ebersberger, director of finance at VisionPoint says, “We chose to expand to Duneland because the town of Chesterton and the surrounding communities are their own hub. The residents really like to use local stores. We wanted to give them the distinct selection and great next day service in their home town. We like the sense of community in Chesterton and look forward to building a long term relationship with its residents,” says Ebersberger.
She says that VisionPoint also offers SunGlass Point. “It is the only sunglass store in Chesterton. It has ready-to-wear sunglasses or we can do sunglasses with prescription lenses too. Also, we can provide glasses next day for most prescriptions using our in-house labs. The Chesterton area has a big visitor base with its proximity to the Indiana Dunes and the expressways. This is a great way to spend time shopping before or after the day at the beach,” she says.