Living in Springfield Downtown: Emily, Personal Trainer Who Works and LIVES in Downtown
Welcome to “Living in Springfield Downtown” a new blog series where we feature residents who call downtown their home. As we continue to social distance, and stay home, we thought this would be a fun time to get to know some of our Downtown Springfield residents.
Occupation: Personal Trainer
Currently lives: Stockbridge Court
Q. HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED IN DOWNTOWN?
Emily: Years ago I lived here for a year & relocated until about a year ago I moved back into the same building here at Stockbridge
Q. WHAT MADE YOU MOVE TO DOWNTOWN?
Emily: Many reasons! But, CONVENIENCE is first & foremost! I walk about a block & a half to work every day, multiple times a day. Stockbridge Court is known for its dog community & i have a very large breed pup who is more than welcomed here, which was also one of the reasons i moved hear years ago, solely to get a pup! Now, although I live literally in the heart of Downtown Springfield as a millennial female I STILL FEEL SAFE!
MGM is less than 100 yards away so the streets are always well lit, police are always patrolling, the city seemingly always feel busy, productive & buzzing. Just one block behind the activity of Main street sits Stockbridge Court which seems like a slice of heaven. Its one of the few places in the city that has “loft style” apartments, some with porches, or personal elevators, private parking, washer/dryer in buildings, dog area, BEAUTIFUL courtyard with benches, flowers, grills, bike racks you name it. Stockbridge even has its own gym, rooftop patio & common room with a pool table! So, although the city is definitely not as busy or bumping as some may say due to COVID-19 the downtown community, mainly Stockbridge is still smiling, walking their dogs, getting puppies, holding doors & enjoying where we live!
Pre COVID I would walk to work before the sun comes up! Yes, me, a 26 year old female walks to work in Downtown Springfield willingly! The beautiful gym I manage & train out is 180fitness. It is a boutique style gym positioned right in the MassLive building on Court & Main street. I always say i wish i had a zip line to go to & from work, I can see my porch from the treadmills! How cool is that! At any rate, around noon I walk home again, or run if I’m inspired, take the dog out cook some lunch, & again walk back to the gym around 4pm to then return home for the evening around 8pm. As you can see that’s a lot of back & forth! That right there is when i punched some numbers & realized the price of living here may sounds like a hefty rent BUT time is money right? If all of my walks turned into drives (which they were prior to moving here last year , i realized i was paying for parking meters, parking passes, dealing with traffic, potentially being late for clients, getting tickets, etc, you know the deal.
By making Downtown my home i almost eliminated the common “annoyances” of simply getting to downtown completely. One question people often ask is “Isn’t it nosey down there?” Well, yes & no. The first time i lived here was before & during the MGM construction, so for me personally its much quieter now. What I do notice most though? Sirens! Maple street is parallel to our building so the ambulances, cruisers & firetrucks certainly make their appearances. However, my boyfriend is a Springfield Firefighter & his station is less than a mile up the street so i appreciate the sirens, they reminds me how important he is to so many people in this city! In addition to the perks of walking to work & living in a beautiful community, I have so many friends who became neighbors & neighbors who became friends! Many likeminded individuals, couples & families reside here!
You’ll see young professionals, older retirees, students & roommates, nurses & doctors, civil service personnel, american & internationals you name it. I’m proud to live in such a cultured, diverse & professional community, & would remind anyone reading this that a city, any city, is what you make of it! I learned early on in life that perspective is not just how you see something but where you see it from. My current point of view is from within the heart of downtown Springfield, & I am now more than bias to this beautiful area code that i call home.
Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY PETS?
Emily: 1, a 2 year old Cane Corso. He’s about 120lbs, & jet black with the the biggest head in the city! Ever seen Jungle Book? You know the Black Panther? Bagheera? Yeah him! that’s my boys name, we call him Bajie for short! He sits on our porch & watches traffic like its his paid duty to do so. He has doggy neighbors of all shapes & sizes. His pitbull girlfriend Biscuit lives in the next building over, he also has some not so friendly neighbors like the Boxer, Bulldog or Poodle in our building & some super scared neighbors like the 10 pound fluffball across the hall & new puppies across the parking lot! Stockbridge has a private little potty area for them with has trash bags & a trash & most importantly no matter the dynamic of the other dogs all humans are so patient, kind & understanding when passing in hallways, dog area etc.
Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT LIVING DOWNTOWN?
Emily: Convenience & lifestyle, work isn’t the only place I’m close to! The casino, redrose, water front park as all walking distance. & during the summer, usual summers ateast there’s all types of festivals, parades, & events to walk to! My home is almost a meeting place for all my friends, parking is easy & safe then we car pool or walk to our next destination.
Q. WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT LIVING DOWNTOWN?
Emily: That we are in apartment living which i don’t mind but of course its costly but biggest pitfall is 100% that we don’t have a yard for our big boy!
Q. FAVORITE DOWNTOWN RESTAURANT?
Emily: Red Rose, obviously! Alot of my clients work there so i enjoy going to bother them & they treat me like gold! Plus if they don’t they know they’ll be getting an extra dose of burps & pushups in the near future!
Q. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN KEEPING BUSY DURING QUARANTINE?
Emily: YUP! although i used to work 60 or so hours a week quarantine has allowed me to keep training as an online coach, which isn’t as timely as work used to be! With the extra time I’ve been able to prepare, organize, clean, cook, communicate, market & network! As an entrepreneur i think this “hiatus” from normal routine is A BLESSING! & has given me so much time i would have never had to be this productive.
Q. FAVORITE PLACE OR STREET YOU LIKE TO WALK ON
Emily: I find myself walking Bajie on Cross street which is right between Main street & willow. aka between stockbridge & red rose. Because Bajie is so big he draws alot of attention & it’s almost like walking a zoo creature! With that being said cross street has plenty of grass & space for us or sit down & watch the hustle & bustle & is always lit with a cop car parked on the end of the street!
Q. DO YOU ATTEND ANY EVENTS IN DOWNTOWN, IF SO WHAT ARE THEY?
Emily: Jazz Festival, Pancake Breakfast, Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mattoon Street Art Show, Farmers Market, White Lion Wednesdays Casino Events (food truck fridays) Massmutual concerts/ceremonies/events
Q. HAVE YOU EVER ATTENDED A SPRINGFIELD BID SIGNATURE EVENT?
Emily: Downtown Springfield Farmers’ Market, MGM live on the Plaza, annual Springfield Jam Fest, and I’ve eaten at a Springfield Restaurant during Restaurant Week.
Q. HOW DO YOU TYPICALLY FIND OUT ABOUT DOWNTOWN EVENTS OR ACTIVES?
Michael: Usually through social media, Masslive, flyers and signage around downtown, through friends and family,and in the Valley Advocate.
Q. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE ADD ABOUT LIVING DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD?
Emily: You only live once
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