CAVENDISH — Denise Gebroe has worked hard to get here, and now she’s inviting the public to help her celebrate. Today, Gebroe plans to launch her new business, DG Bodyworks, with an official grand opening at her 7 Depot St. location in Cavendish. Gebroe is a licensed massage therapist and certified personal trainer. She will use DG Bodyworks as a community center that offers yoga, conditioning, strength training and dance.
RUTLAND – When Dan Doenges graduated from Assumption College with a degree in marketing, his first job was at a bank. But it didn’t take him long to figure out a career as a banker wasn’t for him. So he returned to Rutland with his wife, Leslie, and found a job that matched his passion for athletics and physical fitness. And it just so happens that job turned up at the same place he worked while a student at Rutland High School. That was seven years ago.
A new fitness product that won the Rutland-area part of the Fresh Tracks Road Pitch earlier this year is entering the manufacturing process, following a successful crowdfunding campaign. Clustas, created by Rollin Rachele, is a portable weight-training system meant to provide a fitness option for everyone, including disabled people or those rehabilitating from injury. Rachele and his wife, Jude Smith Rachele, who is the chief operating officer for Clustas, are originally from the United States but spent many years in Europe before moving to Vermont. They now live in Sunderland. The seed for the Clustas idea was planted after Rollin Rachele’s mother was in a serious accident, and he wanted to create something that would allow her to safely exercise while she was undergoing rehab.
BURLINGTON — Cyclepath, an indoor cycling studio, reopened last month in newly renovated space on Mechanics Lane in downtown Burlington. Husband-and-wife ownership team Ian and Kara Bouchett feel the new location — with entrance in the back of the former Burlington Free Press building — better reflects their studio’s identity than its previous location on College Street. “We have about 1,200 square feet of space here,” Ian Bouchett said. “We wanted a rugged, semi-industrial vibe — that’s what brought us to the Free Press building. We are the only dedicated indoor cycling in the heart of downtown Burlington, and we have the most aggressive urban vibe.
COLCHESTER — Michael Frisbie recently joined the Kids’ RehabGYM in Colchester as executive director. He worked in the Vermont ski industry for over 25 years managing ski/ride schools. Frisbie worked at the RehabGYM for seven years, followed by brief stints with Special Olympics Vermont as director of programs and with Champlain Community Services as service coordinator. Also joining the Kids’ RehabGYM as clinicians within the last 18 months are University of Vermont graduates Leah Murdock and Andrea Buteau, who both have doctorates in physical therapy; and occupational therapist Kristen Daley, a University of New Hampshire graduate.
RUTLAND — When Candace Munson talks about the gym she owns in Rutland, she speaks often about family. It turns out, that’s exactly how Munson began her connection with Head Over Heels — which has been in business for 20 years at the same location on North Main Street. When the gymanstics center opened in 1996, under the original owners Ralph and Lauren Quintana, Munson’s youngest daughter, Nicki — then a young dance enthusiast — asked her about that new gym which just opened on Main Street, which they often drove by. That year, they had Nicki’s birthday party at Head Over Heels, which started a years-long connection to the gym. At age 13, Nicki started to be a helper at Head Over Heels, and, the following year, that led to her mother helping out regularly with birthday parties there.
Jessie Lucas is the sole-proprietor of Vivacious Mama, a local and global fitness and well-being consulting business. Lucas founded the company three years ago, but has been in the industry for 13. She says she saw a “need to bridge the wisdom” that the fields of traditional fitness, yoga and meditation provide. Here Lucas explains more about this union of practices and how they came together for her as a business model. What is the nature of your business?