Community Membership to LCCC Fitness Center Keeps 95-year-old Man Feeling Young

{mosimage}Art Lipsin, 95, credits his membership to the LCCC Fitness Center for keeping him in top form.

{mosimage}Art Lipsin’s friends and family know where to find him every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.

The Lorain man has kept a standing date with the staff and trainers at the Lorain County Community College Fitness Center three times a week for the past 16 years. So when Lipsin was approaching his 95th birthday, the center staff knew it was time to do something special.

"He’s an inspiration to all of us. We wanted to show him how much we enjoy working with him," explained trainer Matt Kendeigh, who helped organize a birthday party for Lipsin.

When Lipsin pulled into the parking lot on a recent rainy morning, he found his first birthday surprise: the best parking space had his name on it. Kendeigh and his team created a personalized sign that reserved the closest spot to the door for Lipsin, who uses a walking stick to get around.

After being escorted in under a large umbrella by the fitness center staff, Lipsin was treated to a celebration in his honor, complete with cake and presents.

"I sure do appreciate all the attention they’ve given me," Lipsin said with a smile. "The trainers at LCCC are model citizens and I enjoy seeing them every week."

Lipsin is retired from a successful career as the founder and owner of the upscale clothing shop Jax, now located in Avon. He credits his membership to the LCCC Fitness Center for keeping him in top form and able to enjoy his retirement. Community members may purchase yearly memberships to the fitness center. Lipsin has been a member since 1994.

"I’ve been going three times a week for years. I contribute my health to that facility," he said.

Born in 1915 in New York City, Lipsin began his career in retail by working summers at a shoe store. He quickly established himself as a top worker and in 1936 he was offered a job running the shoe department at a store in Lorain. His savvy business sense caught the attention of others in his field and he was soon scouted by the William Taylor & Son Co. department store in Cleveland to become a shoe buyer for the store’s ladies’ department. Though the job didn’t work out and Lipsin soon moved back to New York City, he had already laid roots in Northeast Ohio.

Drafted into the Army during World War II, Lipson’s knowledge of merchandising landed him a comfortable position with the Quartermaster Department. Based in Fort Knox, he used a weekend pass to visit friends in Lorain, where he sparked a relationship with a young girl named Alice.

"My friends had a gathering for me at the Lorain County Club," he recalled. "That was the night I fell in love with Alice."

He and Alice were married in a spur of the moment ceremony a few months later when the couple met up in Covington, Ky. It was their first official date.

Following his discharge from the Army, Lipsin and Alice made a home in Lorain, where he established Jax in 1951 on Broadway Avenue. He operated the business with much success until 1983, when he sold the operation to his daughter, Merle, and her husband, Scott Beyers. In 2005, the store moved to its current location in Olde Avon Village on Detroit Road in Avon.

Alice passed away in 1986 after more than 40 years of marriage.

"She was a wonderful, wonderful woman. I get emotional every time I talk about her," Lipsin said.

Thanks to his good health, Lipsin maintains an active lifestyle that includes weekend trips to the movies or theater and daily dinner dates with his "gal," Jenny. The pair has been together for more than 20 years.

"She’s a young thing, only 91," he quipped.

In addition to enjoying his workouts, Lipsin takes pleasure in the positive energy that comes from being on a college campus.

"I am so proud of Lorain County Community College and the lead this fine institution has taken in the area," he said. "I only wish that I was in the better shape so I could tour the college as I once did," Lipsin said.

For more information on the LCCC Fitness Center, visit www.lorainccc.edu/fitness.

Community Membership to LCCC Fitness Center Keeps 95-year-old Man Feeling Young

{mosimage}Art Lipsin, 95, credits his membership to the LCCC Fitness Center for keeping him in top form.

{mosimage}Art Lipsin’s friends and family know where to find him every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.

The Lorain man has kept a standing date with the staff and trainers at the Lorain County Community College Fitness Center three times a week for the past 16 years. So when Lipsin was approaching his 95th birthday, the center staff knew it was time to do something special.

"He’s an inspiration to all of us. We wanted to show him how much we enjoy working with him," explained trainer Matt Kendeigh, who helped organize a birthday party for Lipsin.

When Lipsin pulled into the parking lot on a recent rainy morning, he found his first birthday surprise: the best parking space had his name on it. Kendeigh and his team created a personalized sign that reserved the closest spot to the door for Lipsin, who uses a walking stick to get around.

After being escorted in under a large umbrella by the fitness center staff, Lipsin was treated to a celebration in his honor, complete with cake and presents.

"I sure do appreciate all the attention they’ve given me," Lipsin said with a smile. "The trainers at LCCC are model citizens and I enjoy seeing them every week."

Lipsin is retired from a successful career as the founder and owner of the upscale clothing shop Jax, now located in Avon. He credits his membership to the LCCC Fitness Center for keeping him in top form and able to enjoy his retirement. Community members may purchase yearly memberships to the fitness center. Lipsin has been a member since 1994.

"I’ve been going three times a week for years. I contribute my health to that facility," he said.

Born in 1915 in New York City, Lipsin began his career in retail by working summers at a shoe store. He quickly established himself as a top worker and in 1936 he was offered a job running the shoe department at a store in Lorain. His savvy business sense caught the attention of others in his field and he was soon scouted by the William Taylor & Son Co. department store in Cleveland to become a shoe buyer for the store’s ladies’ department. Though the job didn’t work out and Lipsin soon moved back to New York City, he had already laid roots in Northeast Ohio.

Drafted into the Army during World War II, Lipson’s knowledge of merchandising landed him a comfortable position with the Quartermaster Department. Based in Fort Knox, he used a weekend pass to visit friends in Lorain, where he sparked a relationship with a young girl named Alice.

"My friends had a gathering for me at the Lorain County Club," he recalled. "That was the night I fell in love with Alice."

He and Alice were married in a spur of the moment ceremony a few months later when the couple met up in Covington, Ky. It was their first official date.

Following his discharge from the Army, Lipsin and Alice made a home in Lorain, where he established Jax in 1951 on Broadway Avenue. He operated the business with much success until 1983, when he sold the operation to his daughter, Merle, and her husband, Scott Beyers. In 2005, the store moved to its current location in Olde Avon Village on Detroit Road in Avon.

Alice passed away in 1986 after more than 40 years of marriage.

"She was a wonderful, wonderful woman. I get emotional every time I talk about her," Lipsin said.

Thanks to his good health, Lipsin maintains an active lifestyle that includes weekend trips to the movies or theater and daily dinner dates with his "gal," Jenny. The pair has been together for more than 20 years.

"She’s a young thing, only 91," he quipped.

In addition to enjoying his workouts, Lipsin takes pleasure in the positive energy that comes from being on a college campus.

"I am so proud of Lorain County Community College and the lead this fine institution has taken in the area," he said. "I only wish that I was in the better shape so I could tour the college as I once did," Lipsin said.

For more information on the LCCC Fitness Center, visit www.lorainccc.edu/fitness.

Community Membership to LCCC Fitness Center Keeps 95-year-old Man Feeling Young

{mosimage}Art Lipsin, 95, credits his membership to the LCCC Fitness Center for keeping him in top form.

{mosimage}Art Lipsin’s friends and family know where to find him every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.

The Lorain man has kept a standing date with the staff and trainers at the Lorain County Community College Fitness Center three times a week for the past 16 years. So when Lipsin was approaching his 95th birthday, the center staff knew it was time to do something special.

"He’s an inspiration to all of us. We wanted to show him how much we enjoy working with him," explained trainer Matt Kendeigh, who helped organize a birthday party for Lipsin.

When Lipsin pulled into the parking lot on a recent rainy morning, he found his first birthday surprise: the best parking space had his name on it. Kendeigh and his team created a personalized sign that reserved the closest spot to the door for Lipsin, who uses a walking stick to get around.

After being escorted in under a large umbrella by the fitness center staff, Lipsin was treated to a celebration in his honor, complete with cake and presents.

"I sure do appreciate all the attention they’ve given me," Lipsin said with a smile. "The trainers at LCCC are model citizens and I enjoy seeing them every week."

Lipsin is retired from a successful career as the founder and owner of the upscale clothing shop Jax, now located in Avon. He credits his membership to the LCCC Fitness Center for keeping him in top form and able to enjoy his retirement. Community members may purchase yearly memberships to the fitness center. Lipsin has been a member since 1994.

"I’ve been going three times a week for years. I contribute my health to that facility," he said.

Born in 1915 in New York City, Lipsin began his career in retail by working summers at a shoe store. He quickly established himself as a top worker and in 1936 he was offered a job running the shoe department at a store in Lorain. His savvy business sense caught the attention of others in his field and he was soon scouted by the William Taylor & Son Co. department store in Cleveland to become a shoe buyer for the store’s ladies’ department. Though the job didn’t work out and Lipsin soon moved back to New York City, he had already laid roots in Northeast Ohio.

Drafted into the Army during World War II, Lipson’s knowledge of merchandising landed him a comfortable position with the Quartermaster Department. Based in Fort Knox, he used a weekend pass to visit friends in Lorain, where he sparked a relationship with a young girl named Alice.

"My friends had a gathering for me at the Lorain County Club," he recalled. "That was the night I fell in love with Alice."

He and Alice were married in a spur of the moment ceremony a few months later when the couple met up in Covington, Ky. It was their first official date.

Following his discharge from the Army, Lipsin and Alice made a home in Lorain, where he established Jax in 1951 on Broadway Avenue. He operated the business with much success until 1983, when he sold the operation to his daughter, Merle, and her husband, Scott Beyers. In 2005, the store moved to its current location in Olde Avon Village on Detroit Road in Avon.

Alice passed away in 1986 after more than 40 years of marriage.

"She was a wonderful, wonderful woman. I get emotional every time I talk about her," Lipsin said.

Thanks to his good health, Lipsin maintains an active lifestyle that includes weekend trips to the movies or theater and daily dinner dates with his "gal," Jenny. The pair has been together for more than 20 years.

"She’s a young thing, only 91," he quipped.

In addition to enjoying his workouts, Lipsin takes pleasure in the positive energy that comes from being on a college campus.

"I am so proud of Lorain County Community College and the lead this fine institution has taken in the area," he said. "I only wish that I was in the better shape so I could tour the college as I once did," Lipsin said.

For more information on the LCCC Fitness Center, visit www.lorainccc.edu/fitness.

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