Elevate Fitness Studio celebrated its inauguration as a California business with a ribbon cutting Aug. 25 at its 1021 West Buchanan location.
Owner Jenny Cain cut the official red ribbon and thanked her friends, work companions and fellow fitness buffs who helped bring Elevate to where it is today.
"We opened up four months ago, and it's been so much fun," Cain told her crowd. "I've got my OG's who have been there for me since day one and a wonderful staff as well."
Cain made a point to remind those in attendance that "OG" referred to "not my 'old gals', but my original gals."
A handful of vendors encouraged the approximately 50 attendees to partake in books, fitness items and even the chance to learn about healthy eating.
While inside the studio, newcomers had the chance to peruse the studio at their leisure. Those who made it to the ribbon cutting early even got the chance to watch a class in action.
"There is a lot of new stuff we're going to be getting, too," Cain said. "We updated our schedule and there will be a 5:30 a.m. Tuesday (and) Thursday class."
In addition to the bright and early workout routine, classes will be made available online for members to use at their homes or on-the-go. On the horizon is a HITT class, strength training, new circuit training and even a self-defense class.
There to encourage her friend, Cain, was Ameisha Crews from Columbia.
"It's very bright and welcoming in here," Crews said. "The ladies are all so very encouraging and it's not intimidating at all. It's really more like a social event."
A relative of Cain expressed her pride in how far Elevate has come in four months.
"I'm really proud that she opened this," Emily Shuler said. "I'm from Kansas City, so I can't take classes here very often, but I'm looking forward to taking those new classes online."
Once the ribbon was cut and the first dollar award was received, Cain shed tears as she thanked her family, friends and community.
"It's just so amazing to see so many people support something that's been your dream for so long."