Saturday, October 31, 2009

Introducing the La Tienda Businesses

There are now less than 6 weeks before our grand opening celebration on December 12. While we will continue to keep you posted on new developments, we want to also take a little time to introduce our new businesses to you. With that in mind, we asked each business owner to answer 6 questions that will help you to get a sense of who they are, why they are here, and what they are going to offer our community. Having said that, let me introduce the first new business:

Business Profile


Location: Building B

Owners, Kirk and Chandler

(Q) Tell me about your business (experience, past businesses, dream, vision, etc.)

(A) Kirk and I have both formed our own start-up ventures in the past. We have both been involved in fitness for much of our lives. From the age of 4 to 20, I pursued a professional ballet career, swam competitively, and have pursued other forms of dance including modern, jazz, salsa and bellydance. Several years ago I started racing in sprint-distance triathlon and cross training in various sports, including lifting. Kirk has raced triathlon for many years, and has completed four Ironman triathlons among a myriad of other races. His world has become increasingly velocentric, and he currently participates in various endurance races and mountain bike races.

With fitness being such an integral part of our lives, it is a very natural transition for us to move into fitness as a business. We are offering spin, but it will be spin that is geared towards outdoor cycling, not merely fitness. As such, we will offer spin classes that are cycling-specific, bike repair services, cycling tour guide services, and Kirk is currently mentoring a Monte del Sol student in bike repair and cycling skills, a concept that may be developed further in the future.

(Q) Why did you choose to open a business in Eldorado?

(A) As residents of Eldorado, and with the lack of a spin facility here, it made more sense than contemplating opening in town.

(Q)How do you anticipate interacting with the community?

(A) Fitness is an integral part of our lives. We plan to provide, in addition to intermediate and various advanced level classes, classes for teens aged 12-16 and adult beginners in order to make this form of fitness accessible to a broader clientele. We plan on offering free spin to the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department in acknowledgement of their services to our community. At the Farmer's Market, we'll set up a "while you wait" bike repair service. We'll continue to promote cycling as a form of transportation as the business develops. One idea it to offer a discount to those who ride to the spin studio. What a great warm-up for class!

(Q) Is La Tienda's vision of community service important to you and why?

(A) It is fabulous that more family- and kid-related businesses will be available locally. It is particularly important to us to provide healthy environments for kids since Eldorado is home to so many families. With this in mind, we added the concept of "kid spin," a 30- minute spin class specifically geared to kids in the 12-16 year range (kids 17 and older are invited to participate in the regular spin classes).

(Q) What makes your business unique?

(A) Not only will SpinDoc be the only spin studio on the 285 corridor, the business will provide personal training, bike repair, cycle tour guide services, and brings a complimentary fitness outlet to the existing Eldorado Gym and the Pilate's studio. A variety of classes will be offered by certified instructors, including a "kid" spinning class, beginners through advanced classes, and bicycle-specific classes that focus on climbing, speed, and core strength.

(Q) How long have you lived in Eldorado or what is your connection to the Eldorado Community?

(A) Kirk and I have both lived on and off in Eldorado since 1992 and 2000 respectively.

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