Andrea, owner of Pure Barre St. Paul, is the third woman in her family to open her own Pure Barre studio. It is safe to say that LTB runs in her family! Keep reading to find out why Andrea wanted to bring this empowering community and technique to St. Paul, MN.
Pure Barre: When did you first fall in love with Pure Barre?
Andrea: I was introduced to Pure Barre by my sister, Nina, and when she moved back to Idaho to open up Pure Barre Boise with my mom! I then decided I needed to give Pure Barre a try. At first I had no idea what I was doing and wasn’t sure if I’d ever get it. But, I kept going and after about my fifth class I started to get the hang of it and was seeing incredible changes in my body after such a short period of time. Having tried a number of workout routines from running to spinning to CrossFit, it wasn’t until I tried Pure Barre and stuck with it, that I realized that no class was EVER the same. This had been the variety in a workout I had been looking for! Soon Pure Barre became so much more than a workout to me, it was part of my daily life and I found myself missing it on days that I didn’t go. It has not only changed my body physically but has given me an inner confidence I didn’t have before!
Pure Barre: What inspired you to open your own studio?
Andrea: I always knew that my end career goal involved helping people, but still hadn’t quite figured out that looked like. As I approached my 250th class, I started looking into what opening my own studio would entail. I looked at what my sister and mom had created in Idaho (they own two studios there) and saw that Pure Barre offers the opportunity to empower women, help them reach goals they didn’t think were possible before, and build a community of all different beliefs, cultures, and ages! I wanted to bring that community to St Paul!
Pure Barre: Tell us about your professional background prior to studio ownership.
Andrea: I received my BA in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound, a small liberal arts school in Tacoma, WA. I have worked in Human Resources and Recruiting for the last 5 years.
Pure Barre: What is the most surprising challenge about becoming an entrepreneur that people might not consider?
Andrea: The tiny details that go into starting a business that were just always taken care of in previous jobs. Now I am in charge of making sure all the details are taken care of as well as hiring the right people and creating the kind of culture that attracts great clients and teachers. I think it would be a lot more intimidating if there weren’t such a great support group of owners and all the support that the corporate team has provided along the way.
Pure Barre: What advice would you offer to someone considering opening their own Pure Barre studio?
Andrea: Talk to someone who has done it before and don’t hesitate to ask any and all questions you may have! Pure Barre has created an incredible community of smart business women across the country, women who pay it forward and want to see us all succeed.
Pure Barre: What is your favorite breakfast/lunch spot in St. Paul?
Andrea: That is a tough one, there are so many great restaurants! I would probably have to say Brasa because they have shared plates and the most amazing yucca fries you will ever have!
Pure Barre: What is the best kept secret in your neighborhood?
Andrea: Well, first of all, it feels like a real neighborhood. There are some great locally-owned businesses and restaurants, especially the ethnic food: India House, Khyber Pass, Indochin, Everest on Grand. There’s so much variety. Also, the Tres Leches cakes at Caffe Latte are the best!
Pure Barre: Complete this phrase. On a typical Saturday, you can find me…
Andrea: In the summer, you will find me outside with my friends—usually on or around one of Minnesota’s many lakes. In the fall, playing “bags” at a Gopher tailgate. In the winter maybe up North at a friend’s cabin. I have a great group of friends here and we’re always taking advantage of whatever the season has to offer—from ice fishing to boating to tailgating to long bike rides
Pure Bare: Tell us something interesting that your new Pure Barre clients might not know about you.
Andrea: I was born and raised in Boise, Idaho. I played soccer and basketball in high school and I love to sing.
Congratulations to Andrea on her first Pure Barre studio opening! Find out more by visiting the Pure Barre St. Paul website.
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