Outdoor yoga in Spencer? You bet.
It’s going to happen often – once temperatures rise and the snow melts, of course – because The Studio Yoga and Barre has moved to the former StartupCity Spencer space at 24 West Park Street.
Owner Amanda Jorgensen said the large lawn outside the facility that overlooks the Grand Avenue bridge and the Little Sioux River was a major draw.
“I obviously love the view,” Jorgensen said. “It’s amazing.”
Her teachers love the new space, too.
“One of our teachers is really excited about doing her 6 a.m. classes out there,” Jorgensen said. “I mean, the evening classes will be beautiful, too, so we will have the option of using it whenever we want.”
The Studio moved from its former location on West Fourth Street in late January. She’d been there when she first started The Studio Yoga and Barre three years ago.
Since then, The Studio has seen plenty of growth.
Jorgensen now has a space in Spirit Lake, subleases space at The Okoboji Commons Hotel in Okoboji for yoga on Saturdays and has stand-up paddle board yoga classes at Okoboji Boatworks in the summer.
“I think it’s gone very well,” Jorgensen said. “I absolutely love it as much as I did the day I opened up my first one.”
Jorgensen had been interested in the new Spencer location for a while.
“I’ve always loved this space,” she said.
The new building has a more open floor plan and ample natural lighting. The rent’s cheaper, too.
Plus, she’s subleasing three small offices that share space with The Studio. One is occupied by a previous tenant, 360 MedSpas. The Healing Tree, another prior tenant, moved out of the Park Street building in January.
When Jorgensen first inquired about the space, The Bear Coffeehouse and Wine Bar was still open next door. When The Bear announced it would be closing in November last year, Jorgensen still moved forward.
“Little by little,” Jorgensen said, the new space is coming together.
Down the road, they plan on installing a wall and barn doors to separate the lobby and entryway from the yoga space.
The Studio’s hours will remain the same. There won’t be cycling classes anymore, though.
However, there will be warm/hot yoga classes in what used to be a conference room.
“It gets very, very warm,” Jorgensen said of the room.