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Yoga studio to open in Edge District

Veronica Brezina



Building at 276 MLK Jr. St N. All photos are courtesy of Jessica Dwyer.

A freestanding building in the Edge District will become a hot yoga and pilates studio. 

Fitness company Rare Body Studio, which operates at 900 Central Ave., has signed a lease for the 3,960-square-foot building at 276 MLK Jr. St.

The Barlas family, owners of the neighboring Coney Island Sandwich Shop, which was the oldest restaurant in the city, own the majority of the block that investors continue to eye.  

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Owner Peter Barlas connected with longtime real estate agent Jessica Dwyer at the Dalton Wade Real Estate Group to secure a tenant for the building.

Building at 276 MLK Jr. St. N.  

The one-story structure was built in 1925 and was previously used as a warehouse. The building hasn’t been available to lease in 18 years, according to the Loopnet listing. 

Dwyer said she was approached by multiple marijuana dispensaries and other fitness-related companies vying to lease the building, as they were attracted to the high ceilings and ample parking the property boasts.  

Rare Body Studio worked with Betsy Shafer of KW Commercial on the lease of the building, which was signed in late October. Shafer was not immediately available for comment regarding the lease. 

Rare Body Studio will relocate its business operations to the space. The new fitness studio is being built out to accommodate the hot yoga areas and pools for cold plunges. 

Cold plunges are when someone submerges themselves in water below 59 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold plunges reap multiple health benefits, including a faster muscle recovery and support for immune systems, according to health experts. 

Meanwhile, Rare Body Studio’s “hot rooms” for pilates and yoga will reach a maximum temperature of 85-95 degrees. The infrared heat causes people to sweat, removing toxins from their organs, according to the studio. 

The studio will also have infrared saunas. 

Rare Body Studio owner Colette Delangre said she expects the studio to open in early 2023.  

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