NWI Business Ins and Outs: Sophia’s House of Pancakes, Joe’s Downtown Tacos, If Walls Could Talk Home Decor, and BYOB Fitness opening | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines

• BYOB Fitness, whose slogans have included “Build Your Own Body” and “Helping You Build the Best Version of Yourself,” opened in a former video store at 8231 Hohman Avenue in Munster.

The gym offers personal training, group classes, nutritional counseling, boot camps, and pop-up shops. It helps clients who want to build muscle, lose weight, change eating habits or just get coached by a trainer to reach their fitness goals.

Catering to both men and women, it offers certified instructors, full-body workouts, and live classes for all fitness levels. The fitness center offers private training and group classes such as yoga, core and cardio.

A retail section at the fitness center also sells items like tank tops, crew necks, face masks, water bottles and gym bags.

For more information, visit www.buildyourownbodybygina.com.

• Supermercado Durango just opened in Griffith.

The locally owned independent Mexican grocery store is now doing business

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SSM Health gives out 500 free flu shots in record time, more drive-thrus to come | News Headlines

SOUTH ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) –  SSM Health gave out more than 500 free flu shots in less than two hours during its community drive-thru event Saturday morning.

Staff said cars began lining up outside the Ronald McDonald parking lot on Park Ave. as early as 5:45 a.m. At one point, cars were lined up on Park Ave., onto Grand Blvd., and stretched all the way to I-44.

Saturday’s clinic is one of five community drive-thru events SSM Health is offering for free flu shots.

While health experts always encourage people to get vaccinated ahead of flu-season, they say this year it is especially important.

“We don’t want to overwhelm our healthcare system,” said Kelly Reidel of SSM Health. “If we can prevent some of these illnesses with the flu vaccine then we can prevent some of those hospitalizations and people needing treatment as well.”

Below is the information for the

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Illinois Department of Public Health releases guidelines to celebrate Halloween during pandemic | News Headlines

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOV.com) – The Illinois Department of Public Health has released guidelines to help people safely celebrate Halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“One of the hallmarks of holidays and celebrations is gathering with friends, family and loved ones,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “We are still in a pandemic, and unfortunately, this year, that means the safest way to celebrate is to stay home and plan virtual gatherings. That said, IDPH recognizes that some who will choose to gather together anyway, and instead of denying that reality, we are issuing guidance and recommendations for safer ways to celebrate together in person. Remember, we know what our best tools are: wearing our masks, keeping our distance, limiting event sizes, washing your hands, and looking out for public health and each other.”

The health department’s guidelines also include following the 3 W’s – wash your hands, watch your distance, wear

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