Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
Strengthening the community begins by supporting and visiting local businesses like this one. To learn more about this business, check out their website or simply stop by, say hello, and discover—or rediscover—all that this business has to offer.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
BellaVita Fitness & Wellness
Izabella Steele knows what it takes to stay fit. Her passion for exercise and eating healthy even helped her represent her native British Columbia as a part of Miss Universe Canada in 2006. She started BellaVita as boutique fitness studio in the heart of Manhattan as a way to bring together her various interests in fitness, offering intense strength conditioning classes, relaxing yoga, and life and health coaching. To help others achieve their fitness goals, she has brought in a team of like-minded coaches, some with specialties in yoga and Zumba and all who share a mission of total body, mind, and soul wellness. Though the BellaVita studio is home base for all their activities, the team also offers mobile fitness classes to bring workouts to homes, offices, or the "gym" your cousin keeps in your garage.