A former student of a recently shuttered Midlothian fitness studio is using the closure as an opportunity.
Becca Haase is opening Gallery Barre, a studio that utilizes ballet barres in its workouts, at 13827 Village Place Drive in Midlothian Village Square.
Gallery Barre will open this month in the 1,200-square-foot space formerly occupied by locally based Corner Barre, which closed the location in August, Haase said.
Haase worked out at the Corner Barre and said she was sad to see it close.
“I know it wasn’t because it wasn’t doing well,” she said. “It wasn’t due to a lack of clientele.”
Corner Barre launched in 2011 with a location in Short Pump, which is still open for business. The owners of Corner Barre could not be reached for comment about the Midlothian space. It had been open for about two years.
After the closure, Haase began researching whether or not she could pick up where the previous owners left off and eventually decided to launch Gallery Barre. She said she sees enough demand for ballet barre classes and she’s confident the business can succeed.
Gallery Barre joins a troupe of other barre studios around town, in addition to Corner Barre. There’s Barre Boutique, a local startup with locations in Midlothian and Carytown. Willow Lawn is home to The Hot Yoga Barre, and Pure Barre has two franchises in town.
Gallery Barre will have traditional classes that incorporate elements of ballet and Pilates. Individual classes will cost about $16, and monthly rates will be $90 for a limited time.
Haase, who has a degree from VCU in business management, will run the studio while also working a full-time job. Haase wouldn’t discuss the financials of opening Gallery Barre. She said she hopes giving her instructors creative control will encourage patrons to keep coming back.
And true to its name, Gallery Barre will incorporate art into its decor.
“We’re featuring local artists in the studio each month on a rotating basis,” Haase said. “I’m kind of hobby artist myself, so this month is my work.”