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EVEN Hotels Celebrates Norwalk Opening With Wellness Event

Members of EVEN Hotels' wellness team, the Well, roll out a giant yoga mat for the opening of the first location in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Pop Up Yoga NYC leads a community yoga class as part of EVEN Hotels' wellness celebration. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Elaine Gavoli and Edie Autuora of Bigelow Tea, one of the healthy brands offered at EVEN Hotel. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Michael Whitney serves up some of the healthy smoothie options at EVEN Hotel in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Mary Feldman of EO Products lets customers know about the organic and environmentally friendly bath and body products in the hotel. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Joy Bauer, nutrition expert for the 'Today' show, signs copies of her book at EVEN Hotels' wellness celebration in Norwalk. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Attendees of the wellness celebration line up to try some of the healthy food options available at the hotel. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue
Dianna Stoffer and Drew Ramsey lead a cooking demonstration on how to make a rejuvenation smoothie. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue

NORWALK, Conn. -- EVEN Hotels marked the opening of its first location in Norwalk with a wellness celebration Thursday evening as it pushed the idea that travelers can stay healthy and fit, even while on the road.

The Norwalk location is the first of several EVEN Hotels that will be opened. The concept of the hotel is to provide a place for travelers who want to stay healthy while on the road.

"We built this brand very simply: to help people who are traveling feel better about themselves when they walk out of the door than when they walked in," said Adam Glickman, head of EVEN Hotels.

The hotel features a 1,200-square-foot athletic studio with exercise equipment, as well as workout space in each of the rooms for people who prefer to exercise in private. The hotel also hosts the Cork and Kale Market and Bar, which offers many healthy options such as organic foods, vegetarian meals and gluten-free menu items.

Many customers say it is difficult to keep up with their wellness routines when they're on the road, Glickman said. EVEN was designed to help them "keep active, eat well, rest easy and accomplish more."

Instead of a traditional ribbon cutting, EVEN decided to celebrate the opening with the rolling out of a giant yoga mat to symbolize the hotel's commitment to wellness.

The event also included a community yoga class taught by Pop Up Yoga NYC, remarks by the EVEN team and city officials, tours of the rooms and book signings by members of the hotel's wellness team, the Well , including Joy Bauer, Drew Ramsey and Tammy Stokes.

"We are thrilled to have EVEN Hotels located here with their very first hotel," said Mayor Harry Rilling. "When you open up a hotel, especially one that's a unique concept that nobody can find anyplace else, you're going to bring more people into Norwalk."

Ramsey and Dianna Stoffer led cooking demonstrations on how guests can make some of the hotel's signature dishes at home, including a kale salad and a spinach smoothie. Representatives from the hotel's partners were also in attendance with some of the amenities offered at the hotel, such as healthy drinks, Bigelow Tea, and EO Products.

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