Health center fits family |

Health center fits family

Sixth-grader Carter Hatch is one of the cutest kids I have ever met. Blonde hair and a few well-placed freckles are ignited by his perpetual grin, and he has a “Leave It to Beaver” enthusiasm for everything he touches – including a basketball. Although he is not the tallest member on the team, he is the most aggressive and usually is responsible for scoring the most points.

It is easy to see where Carter gets his go-get-it attitude. Eric Hatch, his father, has coached his son’s team for many years. I know this because Eric is also my son’s basketball coach. Eric and his wife, Shannon, are devoted to their five children and stay active and involved in the Lake of the Pines community to a degree that puts parents of fewer children to shame. One example of their hands-on parenting is the Halloween party they host at their home every year for children. This is not just a punch and popcorn event – Eric and Shannon transform their house into the scariest haunted residence in Nevada County. Two years ago, when I dropped my son off at the doorstep, he was greeted by a swarthy pirate perched on top of the roof – a roof that had been converted into the bow of a pirate ship, complete with a smoking cannon.

With all the energy the Hatch family invests into raising their children, it is hard to comprehend their most recent accomplishment – the grand opening of Generations Health Club at Lake of the Pines on West Hacienda Drive. Maybe it is the energy drinks sold at the Smoothie Bar at the club that hold the secret.

Along with co-owners Wendy and Andrew Quist (Shannon’s sister and brother-in-law), the Hatches have realized a dream to bring health and fitness to area residents. According to clients I spoke with during their grand opening celebration on Wednesday, members are happy they no longer have to drive to Auburn or Grass Valley for a revitalizing workout. Hugh Stanton, the first member to sign on to the club, lives in the Lake and is happy to do his cardio workout close to home.

Co-owner Wendy Quist is pleased with the club’s success and said they have surpassed their membership expectations. She was excited to point out the Spa at Generations, a beautiful addition to the club now open to the public. The day spa offers facials, massages and manicures, and Generations sold many gift cards over the holidays for their spa services.

I was very impressed with Generations Health Club. It is sleek and beautifully designed – a soothing pleasure to walk into. The club is offering a free 14-day trial membership to local residents who would like to sample services and see firsthand what this club is about. What I have seen at Generations is another great contribution to the LOP community. My thanks to the Quist and Hatch families for this entrepreneurial effort.


Laura Lavelle is a resident of Lake of the Pines, and her column is for Lake of the Pines area residents to share thoughts and information. Contact her at or leave a phone message with the readership editor at 477-4238.

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