Release Date: June 15,2017
Yoga studio is the 13th client in the Downtown Akron Partnership pop up program
Akron Yoga and Wellness is the newest business to call Downtown Akron home. Located in the Huntington National Bank tower at 106 S. Main St., the studio opened on May 12 and offers classes for all levels, ranging from beginners to long-time practitioners.
Akron Yoga is the 13th business to open with the assistance of Downtown Akron Partnership’s (DAP) pop-up retail program. The program, which launched in early 2015, aims to fill vacant property space with local clients in order to promote economic development and the vibrancy of Downtown Akron. The program is currently in phase two with support from The Burton D. Morgan Foundation.
Tracie Zamiska, owner and instructor at Akron Yoga and Wellness, originally applied to the first phase of the program, which began through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. At the time Zamiksa was unable to find the right space to fit her needs and budget, so she reapplied at a later date.
Zamiska contributed to an urban planning career for more than a decade. Originally from Cleveland, she spent time in New York state returning in 2005 to work for the Cleveland Housing Network. Following a lay off in 2015, she relocated to Akron and began plans to open a yoga studio downtown to be part of the revitalization of the city’s core.
“One of the key reasons I wanted to be downtown is because I believe in cities,” said Zamiska. “I want to build a community in our studio that will spill into and contribute to the social fabric of Akron and surrounding neighborhoods. I also want people to see downtown differently. Maybe if other business owners see yoga studios, a honey company, boutiques and eateries, they will realize that downtown can be their home too.”
“I’m just very dedicated to the spirit of Akron, you could say,” said Zamiska. “Communities grow from the downtown core. I have a really strong desire to build that up. We can make Akron whatever we want.”
She also believes in the positive impact collaboration with fellow business owners can have, and works with several local entrepreneurs on a variety of events. Through a partnership with Do Good Yoga and Yoga Squared, a Passport to Zen runs from June 1-July 14 and includes nine classes – three at each studio – for $50.
Each month Zamiska holds a Yoga + Brunch event at Sweet Mary’s Bakery that includes an hour of yoga followed by a full menu of Sweet Mary’s brunch items for $18. This event is known to sell out, so advanced registration is recommended.
“I love what we [Akron business owners] are doing”, she said. “We want to contribute to meaningful change, especially expanding and building on our social community. I want people to get invested in the places they live.”
“It’s our job, the people who live here and the businesses owners, to make this city flourish and reach its potential.”
A grand opening ceremony is slated for Friday, October 13, with free classes being offered on the following Saturday.
Akron Yoga and Wellness can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, bewellakronyoga.com or by calling 330-970-YOGA. A full list of classes and offerings is available. Follow the studio on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @bewellakronyoga for updates and information as well.