Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Stabio.
Sarah, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My journey to become a small business owner started in my childhood. Several family members, including my father, grandfather, and uncles were all small business owners. I had always thought that was my fate, too.
I found barre fitness almost eight years ago. As a mom of two, it was an ideal workout to help me keep up with my children and strengthen my body for snowboarding. I quickly became a self-proclaimed #barreaddict. When a marketing colleague asked me what my dream job was, I replied with little hesitation, a barre studio owner. But, in our area of south Denver, there were already many barre and other fitness options, so the opportunity was not there.
Fast forward a couple of years, I had given birth to our third child, so we relocated to Stapleton in northeast Denver. Fitness options in this area of town were limited and I was still driving 30+ minutes to take classes at the Bar Method Denver-Cherry Creek.
It wasn’t long before my comment about owning a barre studio came back into play as the opportunity presented itself. I could merge my dream of owning a business with my love of barre fitness. I had a strong feeling that a Bar Method would do well in our new community. My husband and I agreed that we would pursue the idea and see where it could take us.
After holding free classes in our home studio while training a team for one year, we found a permanent home at The Shops at Northfield. Over the past 2.5 years, we’ve built an amazing community centered around the Bar Method’s powerful workout. It is a lot of work being a small business owner, full of sacrifice, but it is also tremendously rewarding to see my dream come to life.
Has it been a smooth road?
There have been serval road bumps along the way. Early on, finding a permanent home for the studio took longer than anticipated. When we were searching for commercial space, the retail availability in Stapleton was really taking off. I was too late on some of the newer developments but too early for ones down the line. The longer it took us to find a space, the longer I was running a studio (free of charge) out of my home – about 14 classes a week with four instructors and a part-time studio manager. The flip side, it was a great space to build a strong community and expose lots of neighbors to the powerful Bar Method workout.
When we did find a space, I was eager to get it open. The buildout process, including permitting and purchasing a new rooftop HVAC unit, was overwhelming. Each day there was a new issue and the process took longer than the contractor’s estimate. But, I kept pushing and coming up with solutions to keep moving forward. I was fueled by passion and a commitment to the community who had fallen in love with our workout.
Each year since there have been big and small stumbling blocks and subsequent learnings. That once new HVAC unit has continued to be a source of many more issues, believe it or not. There are so many aspects of owning and operating a small business that keeps daily life interesting, to say the least.
One area where I have had great fortune and smooth sailing is my team. I have found the best fitness instructors, customer service/sales representatives, and childcare sitters on my team. There is absolutely no way I could do this on my own, and each of them contributes so much to the success of the business. I’m so thankful for their work at the studio and for their passion for our workout and community.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Bar Method Denver-Stapleton – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Bar Method Denver-Stapleton is a barre fitness studio located in northeast Denver. We offer group fitness classes seven days a week. Our workouts are low impact utilizing small movements and high repetition to exhaust a group of muscles then stretch them out. The workout studio is surrounded by a ballet barre that is used for balance and stretching. However, dance skills and flexibility are not required, you just need the desire for a results-driven, full-body workout to participate. Our schedule includes both 45-minute and 60-minute class options with onsite childcare offered during some classes. Before or after class, clients can shop in our activewear boutique, finding on-trend, high-quality studio to street clothing items.
Bar Method, as the longest-running barre fitness franchise, is committed to providing workouts that are safe and effective. As a franchisee, I am able to take their 17+ years of experience and bring it to my community. This gives me a lot of confidence and excitement to see what will be coming in the future. We are continually learning and innovating.
I might be biased, but The Bar Method Denver-Stapleton has a unique fitness community and the strongest that I’ve experienced. When you walk through the doors, you feel it. Clients are visiting with each other before and after classes, the atmosphere is energetic. We host in-studio events like Mini Me classes for moms and their minis to bond at the barre, as well as events out in the community, like Barre on the Green, our annual outdoor class.
Clients have fun participating in ongoing challenges, individual or team. Right now we are in the midst of our version of the March college basketball tournaments called Bar Madness. Charity contributions are also important to our community. Last summer we held a dunk tank event (our instructors and local female business owners were on the cold seat) for LuBird’s Light Foundation to help raise funds for a local playground for children with special needs. This weekend, we are hosting a Barre-A-Thon to raise money for Food for Thought Denver. We try to keep the calendar busy. Bar Method is much more than just a workout, it is a lifestyle.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love Denver’s laid back, but healthy lifestyle. I lived in Southern California for most of my childhood, but have been in Denver for almost 20 years. There is always so much going on. Lots of diversity with food, events, and opportunities to be active. I tell my clients that the work they do in the studio at barre keeps them safe during their outdoor activities. I just had a client tell me that while she hurt herself skiing this Winter, she and her doctor believe Bar Method helped strengthen her knee and that’s why she was able to avoid surgery.
- Two Week New Client Trial $36
- First month of unlimited membership $99
- Drop-in 1 Class $22
- Address: The Bar Method Denver-Stapleton
8370 Northfield Blvd. #1760
Denver, CO 80238
- Website: http://barmethod.com/denver-stapleton
- Phone: 303-379-3732
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @barmethod_denverstapleton
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBarMethodDenverStapleton/
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One photo credit for the photo of me holding ball sitting on floor in Pretzel (white tank, blue pants) Photo Credit: Timothy Devine