At home and in BalanceCall Amy Phipps-Poe “Ulysses.” While the Two Harbors fitness center owner’s struggle to find home didn’t last as long, her tale is just as epic as Homer’s.
By: Mike Creger, Lake County News Chronicle
Call Amy Phipps-Poe “Ulysses.” While the Two Harbors fitness center owner’s struggle to find home didn’t last as long, her tale is just as epic as Homer’s.
Bodies In Balance, after a year of uncertainty and a whirlwind of finding money and then constructing a new building, is now open on Highway 2. It’s not far from the NorthShore Business Enterprise Center where Phipps-Poe got her start.
She had been working to find a home outside of the incubator site since 2006 but ran into site issues. Last fall, she received word that she had to move out. After working with city and state agencies for funding, the business started building a new center down and across the highway. The physical therapy half opened in September. The gym opened this month.
“We navigated it prayerfully,” Phipps-Poe said in her new office at the center. She praised all of those who helped her find a home and said it’s a good sign for the community. “We came together,” she said. It proves what can happen when “instead of saying why we can’t, it’s ‘hey,’ let’s see how this works.” She said her story should prove helpful to others seeking to grow and keep a business in the city.
The center had 250 members at the original location and is starting from scratch this month. Already, there are 100 members and more expected as former members sign up again and new clients come in. Open houses began this week and run through the middle of November. There is an appreciation reception planned for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12.
There are some amenities not found at the old location aside from a bit more room. There are private rooms for physical therapy and changing rooms with showers and a sauna. The building can be accessed 24 hours a day by members with key cards.
Phipps-Poe said the physical therapy part of the business continues to grow. She has five full-time therapists and trainers and five part-time employees.
It may seem odd to find a new building and a growing clientele in a deep recession. “We had no options,” Phipps-Poe said. “It was beyond logic to look at the economy.”
She said she’s excited as her customers about the new digs and is appreciative of the opportunities provided to get it built. It’s been a community embrace much like her philosophy of care for patients. “We talk a lot about looking at patients with grace and mercy,” she said. “That’s how you can be successful.”
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Bodies In Balance
1451 Fourth St. (Hwy2), Two Harbors
Physical therapy and fitness center
Therapy office hours 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fitness center open 24 hours with membership
Outpatient physical therapy from highly-trained staff, massage, sports therapy, pediatrics, therapeutic exercise, water therapy, core strengthening, daily exercise classes
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