Shopgirl: A new social network, thrifting after New Year's and a unique workout studio

Instructor Cathy Deprizio stretches at Oxygen Fitness Studio, a new boutique workout studio in Surrey Center off Highland Avenue. Classes will begin Monday.



It seems like every day there’s a new social media form we’re supposed to embrace, and most just seem like rip-offs of each other. Every now and then, however, one puts a new spin on sharing our lives over the Internet.

Path was launched in 2010, and creators call it “a more personal social network.” It’s like a journal that you share with a close circle of contacts, via photos, location services, video and text.

Path isn’t trying to be Facebook – the maximum number of contacts allowed is 150. This intimacy, developers say, keeps users comfortable with posting details that more distant friends wouldn’t find interesting.

“Taking a photo on the porch with your sister if you were to post to a larger network might not be that interesting. But if your mom, who is on the other side of the country, sees it, it’s magical,” said Matt VanHorn, a vice president with Path.

Path is available as a free app for iPhone and Android.



Right after the holiday season is the best time to find treasures at thrift stores. Inspired by new year’s resolutions or trying to de-clutter after holidays, people swarm to Goodwill and other donation sites with trunks full of things.

Not only are people dropping off things, but piles of stuff collected in the last weeks of 2011 as people hurried to donate so their receipts would qualify for 2011 tax deductions have been processed and are on the shelves.

In the Augusta area, the most reliable thrift stores are Goodwill on Washington Road next to Weinberger’s, Catholic Social Services on Broad Street and Ready to Wear Again in Midtown. The best way to score finds is to find a good one that is on your daily path and check in every now and then to see if anything amazing has surfaced.

Remember, just because it’s cheap doesn’t mean it’s worth the space it takes up in your home. However, if you’ve been looking for a good coffee table for a while, you might just luck out in the next few weeks.



UrbanBody, the downtown spin and yoga studio that used to be on Broad Street, has moved to Surrey Center and reopened as Oxygen Fitness Studio.

Oxygen begins classes Monday. It has traditional classes such as Zumba and spin, but gourmet mixes including “spin circuit fusion” and “ripped ride” are available. A few classes use a ballet barre to work out muscles, a trend taking off in bigger cities like Los Angeles and New York. The barre workout elongates your muscles and burns calories like nothing else, the staff at Oxygen says.

For the first week of business, they are offering a special deal: 60 days of unlimited classes for $99. For more information, call (706) 364-7746 or check them out in the lower level of Surrey Center.