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
Fly Gym Aerial Fitness
At the age of 14, Karen Andes was diagnosed with scoliosis. She faced a choice between a life of rigorous exercise or complete spinal fusion. To her, the choice was simple. She dove into fitness as a profession, publishing five books, 20 DVDs, and leading countless classes. While teaching a pole-fitness class, she met fellow instructor Pam Georgeson-Carter, and with the introduction of a little fabric, the duo developed an entirely new form of aerial fitness.
With load-bearing fabric slings affixed to the ceiling, Karen and Pam teach students to liberate themselves of gravity's demands. Participants twist and turn a foot or more above the floor, strengthening their cores, decompressing their spines, and finally unlocking the secret of how a leaf on the wind feels after it gets tangled in a flag.