Revolution Studio – a lofty 4,000-square-foot gym – has made it possible to take some of the best fitness classes in the city and to work out with top personal trainers without paying a membership fee (in case you didn’t know, these usually run upwards of $600 a year). The way it works: Trainers pay the gym a $200 monthly rental and then charge you their individual rates; single classes cost $12 apiece, $110 for 10, or $200 for 20. No more middleman. We like it. Revolution Studio, 104 W. 14th St., fourth floor (206-8785); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Thurs. 6 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat-Sun. 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Montis – a sleek design firm from Holland – is closing its New York showroom. Lucky for us, because now we can get their funky and versatile furniture for less money. Baku sofa, was $5,595, now $4,199; Soho side table, was $640, now $399; cherrywood dining table with matte glass, was $1,199, now $999. Montis, New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., at 33rd St. (685-3218); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.- Fri. 10-5, Sat. 12-5; 3/16-3/27.
Galerie de Provence – a recent addition to the Upper East Side – is filled with furniture, antiques, and other imports from the region. Hand-painted eighteen-inch vase, was $180, now $135; amber-colored wine cooler, was $100, now $65; handblown vase, was $145, now $99. Galerie de Provence, 41 E. 60th St. (588-1773); A.E., M.C., V.; Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5; 3/16-3/22.
On the Wharf
The Triple Pier Expo is one of the largest semiannual antiques shows in the city. This year – in addition to all of the usual offerings of designer furniture, vintage appliances, paintings, and so on – there’s a special spring sale within the show. For example, vintage sunglasses, were $30-$90, now $24-$72 (Fabulous Fanny’s, Pier 88, April 4 and 5); vintage cuff links, were $50-$60, now $10 (Captain Huch’s Booty, Pier 92, April 4 and 5). Admission is $10. Triple Pier Expo, Piers 88, 90, and 92, Twelfth Ave. bet. 48th and 55th Sts. (call 255-0020 for hours and information); A.E., M.C., V., checks; 3/28-3/29, 4/4-4/5.
Clear the Decks
The clothing of Celine, Guy Laroche, Chantal Thomass, and other French designers needs to be moved out of E.V.A. Diffusion’s showroom. So clothing that retailed for $150-$2,000 is on sale for $15-$100. Need we say more? E.V.A. Diffusion, 225 W. 39th St., third floor, (719-1731); A.E., M.C., V., checks; Mon.- Fri. 9-6 (and by appointment only 3/20-3/31); 3/16-3/20.
We Are the World
Labels-To-Learning is educational for kids on two fronts. First off, it teaches them about organic farming, and second, it gives them free entrance to participating science and nature institutions (the Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation at Coney Island, the Bronx Zoo, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, New Jersey’s Liberty Science Center, and the New York Botanical Garden) to celebrate Earth Week. To get the voucher for free admission, help your child send organic labels – including seals, bags, or ties identifying an organic product – and a self-addressed envelope to Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet. The child must be under 12. Labels should be received before April 15. Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet, 40 W. 20th St.; for more info, call 888-eco-info; vouchers apply week of 4/19-4/26.
The furniture at Aragona Classic Interiors is consistently inexpensive for its high quality. And prices are being cut even further: Mexican-style “birdcage” armoire, was $1,500, now $1,099; solid-mahogany chest of drawers, was $550, now $449.95; solid-brass chandelier, was $300, now $210. Aragona Classic Interiors, 1099 Second Ave., near 58th St. (753-3404); A.E., M.C., V, and checks; Mon.- Fri. 11-7, Sat. till 6, Sun. 12-6; 3/16-3/31.