Cottage House, LLC, of Lanesboro introduced Melinda Lutes as the new owner of Coffee Street Fitness and Dance located in downtown Lanesboro.

The sale of the property and business occurred on Tuesday, Nov. 20, with Lutes to take possession and begin operations on Jan. 1, 2013.

Cottage House, LLC, which has owned and operated the facility since 2006 has been in negotiations with Lutes since August in order to structure as seamless an ownership transition as possible.

Cottage House President Eric Bunge commented, "It is rare to find someone of Melinda's fitness expertise and experience who understands the commitment it takes to run a business, together with the passion to serve customers. We are thrilled that Melinda has decided to join the Lanesboro business community."

A resident of Harmony, Lutes is certified in fitness, nutrition, and wellness coaching. In addition to current classes and activities the fitness center is already offering, plans are in the works to add new programs to help clients reach their complete fitness and wellness goals. Personal training, group training and nutrition programs will be offered starting Jan. 1, as well as fitness and weight loss challenges.

Because Lutes is committed to the success of healthy families, she also plans to conduct wellness activities and events in area communities. For information on fitness center schedules, upcoming events and activities, refer to

Current and prospective fitness center members, as well as the general public, are invited to meet and welcome Melinda during two open houses to be held at the Cottage House Inn from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29; and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 8.

The Cottage House Inn is located at 209 Parkway Avenue North, Lanesboro.