“We just started thinking about what would be the safest way for members to come back,” she said. Margo said they took the closure as an opportunity to remodel, partly out of necessity. An investment in the future
He said people called during the shutdown to ask about the gym, and when they reopened, the couple was surprised to see members return and join in even greater numbers than before. More: Change Agent John Morgan Jr.: ‘Live Your Purpose’ podcast meant to inspire Black entrepreneurs
“I’m looking at Margo and saying, ‘Where are all of these people coming from?’” he said. “When you think of March 2020, we had been open for a little over two years,” he said. “We’re located at the back of the plaza on a side street, so for us, one of the hardest things for us to do was to gain exposure. One, we’re new, and two, we’re kind of tucked away in back, so people can’t see us and people hadn’t heard of us. At first, it was really hard to get customers.”
More: Focus on Black-owned Businesses: Hair braiding becomes the mane event for Twinsburg woman They also had a personal motive: They were looking toward the future. “We had a liking for going to the gym and we also had some family members and friends who had some health problems, and we were trying to figure, ‘How can we help them out?’” Toby said. “We just kind of brainstormed and decided, why not start a gym?”
The couple are both from the Akron area: Toby graduated from Tallmadge High School, and Margo is a North High School alum. It will be four years in December since the two finance professionals leased part of the space that had been occupied by a former fitness center, just west of state Route 91 at the shopping center’s Wedgewood Drive entrance.
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