When Paola Di Lanzo began her fitness career, she taught high school physical education. She didn’t truly enjoy teaching high school, so she became a personal trainer. For years, Paola focused on high-intensity workouts including running and lifting weights. Then, after she became pregnant with her first child in 2002, she realized her heart was no longer in personal training.
For Simone Bernstein, owning a new barre3 studio in Brookline, MA is not just about running a business or teaching a class; it’s a way to connect with people. Even though the Brookline location is only a month old, Simone has already succeeded in getting new people in the door who may be hesitant to try a new type of exercise or enter into a new studio.
If you visit The Athletic Buddha in Concord, a suburb of Sydney, Australia, you’ll find traditional, functional fitness and bootcamps—as well as meditation and yin yoga classes. Owner and founder Daniel Ucchino designed the business to encompass the separate wellness disciplines after finding himself with memberships to CrossFit boxes, yoga studios and meditation schools.
Oak + Tonic salon in Calgary isn’t a typical beauty business—you won’t see many familiar brands lining the shelves. Instead, Oak + Tonic focuses on sourcing its beauty products from other Canadian businesses.
In North London, there are numerous salons and fitness studios to choose from, but there are few—if any—like Perle de Beaute. A joint health and beauty salon, Perle de Beaute offers customers the chance to pamper themselves with salon services or challenge their body in a workout class—all in the same location.
Lydia Hess’s path to being a business owner started when she and her best friend, Sophie, decided that they wanted to be their own bosses and not work for someone else. “We weren’t 100% sure of how to run a business, as neither of us had ever run a business before.”
Chris and his wife, Edel, were living in London, working full-time and going about life on autopilot. Tired of the monotonous routine, they decided to take some time off and work for a charity in Argentina.
Between educating the local children and building sustainable housing, Chris began looking for a gym. During his search he met a gentleman who told him about circus training and suggested Chris try it. His first reaction was, “No, I don’t think so. I can’t even do a forward roll!” But after receiving an offer for a free class, his curiosity got the better of him.
Nina and her husband Michael left successful careers to follow their love of yoga. “Our jobs were so stressful. After having our son, we realized we needed something that would allow us to be the parents we wanted to be. That’s when we decided to open our own studio: Black Label Yoga.”
John Kolbrich awoke one morning after experiencing an incredibly vivid dream. “I saw a vision of a music school that I was instructed to build immediately. Not wanting to forget what I had seen, I jumped out of bed and began sketching it on a piece of paper.”
Inspired by his vision, John decided to quit his day job and use what he had left of his 401(k) to start the music school. “I’ve always loved music. My passion is performing. I play accordion, trumpet, and sing with my band, Europa, touring the country each year.”