Saying Goodbye to Mint Hill Yoga as It Moves Online
After eight years as a valuable tenant in The Lofts at 7714, Mint Hill Yoga is closing its physical doors and re-imagining itself as a virtual yoga studio as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
To start, Mint Hill Yoga will offer four public practices per week via Zoom. Going into the fall, special outdoor offerings and Meditation and Practice workshops are planned. Additional public classes may be added, and private lessons with owner and yoga instructor Bettie Shea are always available.
A Small Business Success Story
Bettie Shea’s Mint Hill Yoga is one of the original tenants in The Lofts at 7714, which was the 2012 reinvention of this former mill property into its current adaptive reuse space in downtown Mint Hill that houses up to 10 commercial tenants.
As she was starting her yoga studio in 2012, Bettie initially rented out a section of the Lofts then-vacant anchor space, Suite B (now home to Spotlight Performing Arts Academy), on Sunday afternoons. Once she determined there was enough interest for a full-time studio, Mint Hill Yoga leased the smallest space in the building, the 250-square foot Suite G.
Although it was a nice little space for a start-up, Bettie worked to make it her own as a soothing studio for yoga and meditation. She installed new flooring, created a flowing ceiling with white fabric and painted the walls a soothing blue. The atmosphere along with Bettie’s welcoming personality soon grew Mint Hill Yoga’s client base.
By the summer of 2014, Bettie outgrew Suite G and moved her thriving yoga studio into the larger 685-square feet Suite E, where she has been ever since. She once again imprinted her personal touch on the space and continued to grow her business.
In January of this year, Mint Hill Yoga was a thriving space where yoga students came to learn, practice, meditate, knit (yes, knit) and socialize. Bettie had renewed her lease for another year with JMMT Partnership, the owner of The Lofts at 7714, and the future was bright.
Then the pandemic hit. But true to form, Bettie did not give up. She, like many other small businesses, is figuring out how to keep her livelihood going by pivoting to an online format. Last month, she informed JMMT Partnership of her decision to close up her Suite E studio as of the end of August.
“We are so sad to see Bettie and Mint Hill Yoga leave The Lofts at 7714,” said Mary Crotty, managing partner for JMMT Partnership. “She has not only been a stable and reliable tenant for the last eight years, she has been such a wonderful caretaker of this retrofitted mill property. Our family can’t imagine the building without her.”
More Info About Mint Hill Yoga’s Online Offerings
Please visit www.minthillyoga.com to find out about the weekly yoga classes offered online by instructor Bettie Shea, as well as the private yoga sessions available. If you’re interested in trying yoga for the first time or are a practiced yogi looking for a new community, check out Mint Hill Yoga, which prides itself on offering Yoga for Every Body.
“From one female-majority, family-owned, local small business to another, JMMT Partnership wishes Mint Hill Yoga all the best in making a go of this new online format and thanks Bettie Shea for eight terrific years as a tenant in our building,” stated Ms. Crotty.