Astoria Characters: The Fitness Partners

She’s a real estate lawyer.He’s a personal trainer. Apostolis and Despina are the owners of FORTE. Together, they are FORTE.  The name of their newly opened fitness and recovery center, in all caps, signifies strength. Of the whole body. Of the whole mind. Of the whole soul. Despina Manoloudas, a toned woman whose bouncy dark hair is done up in a half ponytail, met Apostolis Bacalis, a muscle man with tatted sleeves, shaved head and dark, brooding eyes, nearly eight years…

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