Ashley Resto is the owner of Pure Barre Florham Park and shared this inspiring story about the joy of being a studio owner and impacting her clients’ lives.
“I quit my full time job and opened my first studio in December 2015. I had no idea what to expect, but I followed my heart and made the leap. Entrepreneurship comes with quite a learning curve, which I learned rather quickly. Like any huge financial decision, I questioned my every step. When I went to training about a year before I opened my first studio in Florham Park, I met a studio owner who told me that there would be one client that would walk into my studio and I would know that I made the right decision (Love you, Jill!).
Fast-forward to December 2015, in walked Mary, three days after we opened our doors. Mary was getting married in less than three months. She needed to lose at least an inch off her waist in order to fit into her wedding dress, and she had made very little progress since ordering the dress in October. I welcomed her to the studio with open arms, all while having an internal panic attack as a brand new studio owner about how important this was to Mary. Mary worked her seat off, tucking in the studio every morning before the sun rose. We had post-it notes with her dress fitting dates, text messages flying back and forth, and within weeks, my brand new studio became an incredible family of women determined to help the future Mrs. Geary look and feel fabulous on her wedding day.
At Mary’s final dress fitting in mid-February, she texted me to let me know she was down 19 pounds and had lost three and a half inches off her waist. The dress had to be TAKEN IN! Mission accomplished and then some! I have never been more sure or proud of a financial decision in my life. Not many people can say that they change lives, crush goals, empower women and cultivate long-lasting friendships on a daily basis. The Pure Barre Family is unlike anything I’ve ever come across, and I am so proud to be a part of it.”
- Written by Ashley Resto, owner of Pure Barre Florham Park
“The transformation has been unbelievable. Nineteen pounds and three and half inches off my waist in two and a half months, what else can I say, but… THANK YOU! I have run marathons, joined gyms, done boot camps, and had personal trainers all in efforts to lose weight. None of them compared to the results I saw after just two and a half months of Pure Barre! I was hooked after one class! The staff helped me set goals and track them. We even had post-it notes up in the studio with the dates of my dress fittings! Not only did my dress fit, they had to take it in! I was never so excited and relieved. I had been so focused on losing inches on my waist, I hadn’t even realized the definition that was taking place in my arms and legs.”