Manayunk’s Hotbox Yoga announced this week that it will open a new studio in West Philly; this will be the second location for the three-and-a-half year old hot-yoga studio. Hotbox will be taking over the space at 3527 Lancaster Avenue (pictured above), which was previously home to Power Yoga Works. PYW ended operations at the Philly studio on September 1st.
“After over a decade in University City, we have decided to not renew our lease at our Philadelphia studio,” wrote Power Yoga Works president Bill Raup in a message posted on the studio’s website. “I want to thank you for all your past business and support. We are very thankful and grateful in having you as our customer in Philadelphia. The Malvern studio will remain open for years to come.”
Hotbox Yoga owner Brad Young has already begun revamping the space to make it better suited for his business and students. "I’m really excited about this space," he says. "The timing was right, and when the space opened up, there was just no reason to say no."
His contractors are going to be installing new bamboo floors, new lighting and potentially a new heating system, among other projects. Young is hoping the result will feel similar to the Manayunk studio (i.e. that light-filled "treehouse" atmosphere), while still leaving room for the new studio to have its own character. Young's target open date is early October, assuming all goes according to plan.
"I'm just crazy excited for what we have going on here," he says. "As I’m lining up the schedule"—Note to Hotbox devotees: He says there will be some familiar faces from the Manayunk studio on the West Philly schedule—"we've got a team of amazing teachers that are looking to fill the space with good energy and help build the yoga community there."
Keep up with the progress over on Hotbox's Facebook page.
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