New playing field: An island property left empty after Bank of America earlier this year withdrew its downtown presence, won’t be vacant much longer. Trinity Episcopal School, 720 23rd St., plans to use the site to expand.
The Moody Foundation has approved a grant to buy the property and pay for related improvements that would allow Trinity Episcopal School to use the site for a fenced-in playing field.
The acquisition will increase the size of the private Trinity Episcopal Campus by one-fourth, officials say. The property is a half-block bordering the school to the north and will extend the campus to Church Street.
Bank of America closed its motorbank, 2250 Church St., along with another downtown center, 2200 Market St., in January, consolidating island operations at 6109 City Central Blvd.
Waverly Holding Co., a nonprofit, title-holding company of philanthropic The Sealy & Smith Foundation, sold the property to Trinity Episcopal.
The school will demolish the drive-through banking structure to create the playing field, officials said.
If all goes as planned, the campus addition and improvements will be ready for the start of school in August, officials say.
Open house: Owners of Mind-Body Center for Alternative Medicine & Massage, 4920-D Seawall Blvd., on the island, closed their business March 1. But Charley Killebrew, owner of Charley’s Hair Salon, has taken over the lease.
All the independent professionals at the center — three massage therapists, one acupuncturist and one marriage and family counselor — will rent rooms and continue to practice at the same location.
To mark the occasion, the professionals will have an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. The open house will be combined with a medical expense fundraiser and silent auction to help Rebecca Viska pay for off her hospital and surgeon bills.
In late September, Viska learned she needed a quadruple bypass. She had no health insurance and chose to have two stents placed in the main artery that was 90 percent blocked with a clot forming.
Viska is following an aggressive medicine therapy to attempt to reduce existing plaque in the three arteries that are still blocked.
By the slice: As expected, Slices and Ices opened this week at 300 W. Bay Area Blvd. in Webster. The eatery, which specializes in New York-style pizza by the slice and Italian ice, has leased 1,793 square feet of space formerly occupied by Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes.
Still no word on why Mooyah left the Shops at the Bay shopping center. Slices and Ices joins Al Basha Mediterranean Grill, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Firehouse Subs, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Thai Spice Kitchen at Shops at the Bay.
Cruise news: Also sailing into Webster is Expedia Cruise Ship Center, 400 W. Bay Area Blvd. Vancouver, British Columbia-based Expedia, which has 170 franchise locations, offers advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations.
Biz birthday: Time flies when you launch a business. Island cleaning service 3 Broads & A Broom is marking its one-year anniversary while also celebrating a new storefront, 3802 Cove View Blvd. on the West End.
The year has been a successful one. 3 Broads & A Broom has hired several full-time permanent employees, to help it service nearly 50 regular residences, 20 beach houses and more than 60 condominiums.
The company will celebrate with a grand opening, ribbon-cutting, food and festivities at the new storefront from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.