Bodies in Balance to expand in new space
By: LaReesa Sandretsky, Lake County News Chronicle
When Bodies in Balance opened in its current location in 2009, owner Amy Phipps-Poe made sure the design of the building allowed for expansion in the future.
Now, the time for expansion has arrived, but it turns out the business will be growing at a different site. Bodies in Balance has announced that it has purchased the former Home Video building on Seventh Street in Two Harbors and will open Bodies in Balance-The Studio there in early June. Home Video closed in early March.
“It turned out to be more cost-effective (than expanding the current building),” Phipps-Poe said.
She has finalized the purchase of the building, which she is financing with a business loan, but is still waiting on bids to renovate its interior. The new 3,000-square-foot space will accommodate fitness classes at first, and Phipps-Poe said they hope to expand to include a juice and organic coffee bar with some food options by 2014.
“People have always wanted classes,” Phipps-Poe said, but the current location lacks the necessary space. Bodies in Balance currently offers an early morning boot camp and running club, which meet twice per week, but the new space will allow them to offer many more classes, beginning with Pilates.
Jill McLaughlin, a doctor of physical therapy at Bodies in Balance, is a certified Pilates instructor and the space will allow her to offer classes. Other classes haven’t been finalized, but Phipps-Poe said the staff is taking input. Their Facebook page has over 20 comments offering class suggestions, including Zumba, yoga, kettlebells and wrestling. They also hope to add some youth-focused wellness programs.
When Phipps-Poe started Bodies in Balance 10 years ago, there were three employees, including herself. Now, the physical therapy center and gym employ 10 fulltime and five part-time staff members. They’ve nearly doubled the number of fitness center memberships in the last four years.
With the new classes, they hope to reach even more people, Phipps-Poe said. She estimates they will add 6-8 part-time positions at the new location to meet the need.
“Our growth has exceeded expectations,” Phipps-Poe said.
Bodies in Balance is located at 1451 Highway 2, Two Harbors. Find out more by visiting www.facebook.com/BodiesInBalanceTH or www.bodiesinbalancemn.com.