ALPENA — Business continues to bustle in downtown Alpena. A unique new gym, skellaFiT Personal Training Studio, held its ribbon cutting and open house on Friday at 211 S. 2nd Ave.
The fitness studio, owned by Cristi Johnson, is located in the same building as her other business, Family Enterprise Inc. The gym entrance is around the side of the building to the right of the owl mural.
Johnson has been in roller derby for about 15 years, and she has enjoyed coaching, but she wanted to take it to the next level.
“I’ve been working with some amazing clients since January, and decided that they really deserved a beautiful studio where they could get the most out of it,” Johnson said at the ribbon cutting.
She added that more space is available for rent inside the newly renovated building.
“I’m really honored that all of you showed up,” she told a crowd of about 50 people, including representatives from the Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alpena Downtown Development Authority.
Johnson explained the difference between her fitness studio and a regular gym.
“This is a place where we’re going to have a one-on-one experience,” she noted. “The only time that we have several people in the gym at once is when I do ‘Mommy and Me’ workouts, where a mother and daughter or son can come and work out together, because I think it’s really important that women have the opportunity to do activities where they’re going to feel strong, empowered, etcetera, and that their kids get to see them being strong and setting that kind of role model for them.”
DDA Executive Director Anne Gentry is elated to see another new business pop up downtown.
“We’ve had a lot of businesses open lately, and now we have another new business to add to the mix,” Gentry said on Friday. “It’s exciting to see an existing business owner expand and continue to invest in our downtown. We are thrilled that she’s opening this new business.”
Gentry is floored with all the energy flowing through downtown right now.
“There’s a lot of positive momentum,” she said.
Seeing other people follow their dreams and open businesses encourages other entrepreneurs, she said.
“It’s awesome,” Gentry added. “I think people want to be a part of it, and they are willing to take that leap.”
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