Summer Fridays

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Happy Friday, ya’ll.  It’s been a beautiful week on Seneca Lake with my fam, headed back to life & all things barre on Sunday.  I hope your weeks inspired you & your weekends bring you butterflies.  #goals

• When I travel, I read.  Fave book of the trip was Tell Me Everything.  Netflix bought the rights to this debut novel in early 2018 (and the book just hit shelves this June).  Umm, go Cambria Brockman.  This is Gossip Girl meets murder mystery & lived up to the hype.

• We largely spent this week sitting on the dock by day, making & enjoying dinners on the deck, and camped out as a family on the couch by night.  This vacation’s show de jour?  Born This Way.  It’s moving & funny, inspiring & family friendly.  Highly recommended.  

• When your sister is wearing them & your favorite bloggers are linking to them, you order them.  Celine knockoff sunglasses for the $11 win.  I ordered in 3 styles & loved not worrying about breaking them or dousing them in sunscreen this week.

• And in other influencer inspired news, oh, Shhhowercap.  Instagram made me buy you & you are one of my favorite purchases year to date.  I tried so hard to get these into the studio for the Summer Challenge; sadly, no go.  But if you’re in the market for a $43 showercap, I can’t believe I’m saying this but they really are worth every single penny. 

• Meanwhile, back in the studio... August, September & October Stretch Therapy workshops have been added to the StudioBookings calendar.  After sleeping in a strange bed all week, this is calling my name!

See you back at the barre 💕
Melissa

When The Sun Goes Down…

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Hi barre babes 👋
It's your favorite Hamburg DJ, Emily.

I hate to even type this, but we've only got a few weeks left of peak summer.  When trying to come up with the August Club Barre theme, I kept reverting back to how many of my summer evenings have been spent - out on the porch, feet kicked up, drink in hand, and country music playing.  And oddly enough, I don't always love country music!

But even I'll admit, it's a summer vibe.  I want to recreate that feel-good atmosphere for our last Club Barre of the summer with a porch country-themed music night.

When:  Friday, August 16th @ 6:30pm

After this class, we'll be going back to every-other-month Club Barre classes, so our next themed-music class won't hit the schedule until October.

As always, it's recommended to have already taken at least one barre class prior to attending Club Barre. This class is booked using regular class credits.

Remember that with summer coming to a close, schedules change, spots open up, and your name can easily make its way off the waitlist into the class, so feel free to sign up even if the class fills.

It’s August, Ya’ll

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August... Summer is just flying.  My sister Shannon & her family arrived last night from CA & we are heading out to the Fingerlakes to enjoy this fleeting season.  Whatever you do this coming weekend & wherever you are, I hope you do the same.

• I’ve been very loyal to Lululemon Align for almost 5 years now.  But lately I’m buying Athleta Elation 7/8.  Four reasons 🤓:
1. Thicker material
2. The waistband doesn’t roll down when I move, which let’s face it, we’re moving.
3. Ankles that fit snugly!  Lulu ankles gape on me.
4. Athleta is a Gap brand.  They don’t offer the constant 40% off promos, but I have a Gap Card I use to buy all our studio sweatshirts.  I then use those reward dollars toward Athleta.

• Wednesday:  favorite day of the week.  I teach barre in the morning, then play bridge with my 80-something friends at ZJ’s Restaurant.  We play cards for 4 hours, swap books, talk about everything, seriously laugh our butts off & eat lunch.  ZJ’s does such a good job on the gluten free front.  My recent favorite is a patty melt on gluten free rye.  Like I said, fave day.  Run, don’t walk.

• Moxie.  If you’re in my morning classes, you’ve watched me go through highs & lows the last year with my pup.  A friend & I took her out to Cornell on Monday & they will operate on both elbows (elbow dysplasia) on the 13th.  It was a fascinating day, little rescue dog from a Kentucky kill shelter now in an exam room with a surgical vet & his 7 person teaching team.  She promptly backed herself into a corner under the desk. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I got her.  And yet, I’d do it again. 💕

• One month down, one to go.  A half a dozen of you have finished the challenge & many more on your way. 

See you at the barre, 
Melissa

Heard Lately…

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Hi everyone ~

One week into the Summer Challenge with more than 60 names on the board.  I love that Aloha Collection is calling their fanny packs “hip packs”.  And I extra love that so many of you are signing up to take them home (myself included).  Everything does come back in fashion, indeed. 

Heard lately... “That is such a pretty dress!”  
I’m doing Rent The Runway Unlimited again this summer.  Many of you know how intentionally small my wardrobe is.  With RTR, I always have a few beautiful items to wear & return without shopping for this one (very short) Buffalo season.

Heard lately... “You got some sun!”  
Yep.  I’m fair, I’m the daughter of a redhead & skin cancer runs in my family.  I’m very careful.  My sis turned me on to Super Goop 50 Oil and I just spent two full days on the beach in Montauk without burning.  It reapplies so nicely.  #win #reordered

Heard lately... “Today’s class was tough!”
Indeed.  And thank you.  And you’re welcome.  24 new shiny sets have been added to the rotation & the groaning & exasperation in the room is audible, which I love. 

Caitlin’s next five week 6:15am Summer Series starts next week & 6 spots remain.  

See you at the barre,
Melissa

Did Somebody Say Margaritas?

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Hey barre babes, it's Emily here! 

So now that I have your attention with a picture of tequila, let me tell ya about the next Club Barre class.

Friday, July 19th @ 6:30pm

It's going to be a Friday Night Fiesta with an all Spanish top hits playlist to get that heart rate pumping. 💃 Oh, and about the tequila - stay for a post-class margarita to really inspire your energy throughout class.

Dress code is whatever you'd like, though your spiciest workout gear is encouraged. I'll have accessories on hand to fit our theme to make your outfit feel 🔥 either way.

As always, it's recommended to have already taken at least one barre class prior to attending Club Barre. This class is booked using regular class credits.

One last thing - don't fear the waitlist! Schedules change, spots open up, and your name can easily make it on to the class list.

Challenge Board = Up

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Summer Challenge board is up!  Attend 15 classes throughout July & August and earn $45 to spend on the studio swag of your choice,including these new ALOHA Collection summer essentials.

ALOHA Pinstripe Mini Duffle $45
ALOHA Paradise Mini Duffle $45
ALOHA Pinstripe Mini Hip Pack $40
ALOHA Kalapana Mini Hip Pack $40
Barre Socks $10
Sweatshirts $30
Corkcicle $30
Jewelry Snug $25
Soulku $25
Rifle Co Cards $10

There is a spot on the board for the Aloha item you want (if you want one!)  Aloha items arrive early next week, once you’ve had time to decide (then redecide), write it down so I can make sure you get exactly what your heart desires.

New to studio challenges?  All you need to do to participate is book & attend!  We will track progress to 15 in the studio.

See you at the barre,
Melissa

Summer Challenge Swag

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The Summer Challenge starts in just one week on Monday, July 1st.  Attend 15 classes throughout July & August.  That’s 9 weeks = 1.66 classes / week.

Reward yourself with the many benefits of a consistent barre practice and... $45 to spend on the studio swag of your choice, including these new ALOHA Collection summer essentials.

ALOHA Collection Mini Duffle $45

ALOHA Collection Mini Hip Pack $40

Barre Socks $10

Sweatshirts $30

Corkcicle $30

Jewelry Snug $25

Soulku $25

Rifle Co Cards $10

New to studio challenges?  All you need to do to participate is book & attend!  We will track progress to 15 in the studio.

See you at the barre,
Melissa

Alll the Summer Barre News

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Attention all planners:

The Summer Challenge starts July 1st & will run all of July & August.  Attend 15 classes in 2 months and take home the rewards of consistency.  Stay tuned for swag reveal...

That’s 15 classes in 9 weeks = 1.66 classes/week.  #doable #sodoable

New to studio challenges?  All you need to do is book online & attend.  We will track progress to 15 in the studio. 

Summer Fridays! 

5:30pm Barretending: July 5 & Aug 30
6:30pm Club Barre:  July 19 & Aug 16
All other Fridays:  5:30pm

Early-birds!  You’ve asked us for a repeat & we’re very happy to oblige.  Another 5 week 6:15am session has been added to the calendar.  Details here.

Summer Stretch!  July & August stretch classes have been added to the calendar.

Plan away 💕

- Melissa

‘Round Here

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It’s beautiful out!  I finally have summer on the brain.  Hope whatever you have planned for this weekend, it is outside & wonderful.  A small group of us OG Barre Studio women are getting together to drink wine in the sunshine & catch up today.  Can’t wait.

In other news, a good friend of mine (and first a good friend of the studio) is in town this week from France. She’s half of our two member international barre family, and PS, we’re accepting more members.  Even better... I booked a week in Nice in September & she booked herself a weekend there as well.  Sure, I’ll meet you for dinner in the South of France.  Already can’t wait to stay in this dreamy Airbnb.

And if you’ve ever wondered how I travel so often on a barre studio salary.  Travel hacking.  I honestly can’t tell you the last time I paid for a flight.  I got my dad into it & he has surpassed my focus with spreadsheets & a binder.  This is the websiteI used most often as a reference when I started.

It’s been a couple years now washing my face with a multi-step “Korean” approach.  I’ve definitely found a few things I love & keep repurchasing.  But hands down my favorite is this face wash.  I use it every morning & a little goes a long way.  It’s moisturizing, not at all stripping.  Every other morning I throw a very light exfoliating scrub on in front of it.

Finally, I ordered this to wear to 80’s Jazzercise Club Barre.  Oh yeah.

That’s it for now.  ☀️

Melissa

Club Barre: 80’s Jazzercise Edition

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Hi there 👋 me again, Emily.

Club Barre is back with a fresh new edition: 
80s Jazzercise!

Friday, June 14th @ 6:30pm

Join us for a vibrant, energetic class to start your Friday evening off right. Feel free to go all out in your favorite 80’s exercise pieces, the bigger, the better!  Think bright neons, legwarmers, sweatbands, big hair, leotards, and an inordinate amount of pep.

This class will be featuring the hottest hits from the 80’s, a fun freebie accessory, and a whole lot of energy. 👯

As suggested before, it's recommended to have already taken at least one barre class prior to attending Club Barre.  This class is booked using regular class credits.

It’s Been A Minute

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It’s been a minute since I checked in on a more personal note.  Hi there.  We are rounding the corner into summer where some evening folks become morning folks at the barre, the AC is back on in the studio & it’s light out even after the 7pm class.  Had a recent lovely night out with these beautiful women.  It all feels good.

Today is national rescue dog day.  There is a now a day for everything... but I spent the morning with my 11 month old rescue, Moxie.  This was her final PT appointment for elbow dysplasia & they now think she needs surgery.  She has had a hard little start to life, I’m hoping things soften soon, for both our sakes.

I’ve been reading a ton lately & get asked occasionally how I make that happen.  Look, some of our lives have more down time than others.  But also, it’s a priority and a choice over TV or my phone.  It calms me.  I have a daily goal of 50 pages & I almost always meet it.  I track it on an app called Done 🤓 so I can see my streak.  And I find once I’m on a streak, I tend to exceed 50 pages because my brain is happy & engaged.  Summer is hands down my favorite reading season.

Currently reading:  Where The Crawdads Sing

Up next:  The Flight Portfolio

These mules.  I found this boutique through Instagram (of course) and have since ordered a top & swimsuit, both of which I love.  Their price point is very approachable for cute summer items.

Caitlin’s 6:15am early summer barre series is well subscribed.  Four spots remain if you’ve been interested in joining, registration closes 5/31.

12 days & 32 classes remain in the May Challenge.  Upcoming Stretch Therapydates have been added to the calendar.  Oh & stay tuned for the next Club Barre date, details & dress code. 💃🏿

Love - Melissa

Calling All Early-Birds

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** UPDATE: This class series has 5 attendees & is a go!  If you already purchased, you’ll now see the 10 classes on your schedule.  The Summer Series package will be available for purchase until May 31st or until fully subscribed. **

Got early morning plans between Memorial Day & the 4th of July?  Now you do.

Caitlin will be teaching the summer class many of you have been asking for.  Get your workout in before work or your day with the kiddos.

The details:
5 weeks
Fri, May 31st through Wed, July 3rd
Fri & Wed mornings
6:15-7am

The commitment:
10 class summer 6:15am series for $104. That’s 10 classes for the cost of 8 at the $13 rate.  You’ll be booked in all 10 without the ability to cancel.  Committed!  The 2 class buffer is to allow for sleep, vacations, or come to them all & reward your consistency!

The instructions:
Purchase the package Summer Series.

Finally:  Yes, that May 31st class counts toward the May Challenge.  And yes, July 3rd will count toward the Summer Challenge.

See you in the studio bright & early this summer...  Well, I won’t, but Caitlin will. 🙃

~ Melissa

Get To Know Amber Wiehe

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Amber found the studio in January 2017 & visibly fell in love with the practice.  She was a regular for most of that year until she messaged me to let me know that the East Aurora to Hamburg barre commute was killing her lease mileage allowance.  We mourned.  She downloaded The Barre Studio On Demand.  She went through Exhale’s barre certification program with the goal of teaching in EA.  I silently filed her in the back of my mind to hopefully work together someday when life & leases would allow.

The studio is a powerful place, if I do say so myself.  You all come here to get something out of us instructors, out of the workout, out of the community.  We do the same.  I’m very honored to have Amber back home with us, both contributing to & pulling from that energy.

You can find Amber at the barre Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 8:30am.  Please read on & enjoy... Melissa

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an Elmwood Village to Southtown transplant living in East Aurora. I love the village vibes of EA and Hamburg; a sense of community is really important to me. My educational background is in Social Work. I'm a Family Therapist, turned stay-at-home mom, turned working single-mom/barre instructor. My schedule is hectic, but I've prioritized a space for barre in my life because it's my break from the crazy.

What originally brought you to the studio & what made you want to teach?

I was lured to the studio by a January challenge and a super cute sweatshirt upon completion. My honeymoon was fast approaching and I wanted to be toned while skipping through the sand...also that sweatshirt. I remember feeling uncoordinated at first (what the heck is 1st position?) After a few classes I felt more confident, saw results, and was hooked, so much so that a year later I took an instructor certification course at Exhale Spa in NYC. At the time I was a stay-at-home mom pursuing a fitness side-gig. Shortly after teacher training, my husband unexpectedly passed away. My type-A plan was out the window. I went back to work, and soon after received a message from Melissa asking if I wanted to teach.  I knew I had a lot on my plate, but this was something I really wanted to do; to have something in my life that’s just “mine” amidst the chaos.  I'm sometimes hesitant to share parts of my story, but in this situation I think it's important. My experience has shown me that we're all usually capable of far more than we ever imagined.

Most rewarding part of the job?

Our lives are so scheduled, and many of us are pulled in so many directions on a daily basis; by our jobs, families, etc. When you come to the studio it's your time, it will be what you make it, and for 45 min a few times a week it's a much needed safe haven.

What do you do in your free time?

My favorite thing to do is cook. Usually accompanied by a glass of wine and John Mayer playing on Amazon Alexa. I'm obsessed with vegetables. When I impulse shop, it's usually in the produce section for things like purple cauliflower. When I'm not cooking or royally screwing up baked goods (lots to learn there), I can be found wandering WNY with my daughter trying to find kid-friendly places to grab a drink and food with friends. It takes a village, and I'm so happy The Barre Studio is now part of mine.

Things I’m Loving

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 • These beautiful sneak peak photos from our shoot with Lindsey Robinson Photography yesterday.  She’s basically barre family after shooting family photos for both Sara & Amber & now making us look good in the studio for the third time.

• Hearing nothing but amazing feedback from all of you about Barb & Stretch Therapy.  Her May classes have been added to the schedule. 

• The Village.  Have you watched it yet?  So good.

• These chopped salads from Aldi’s.  Im slightly addicted to the Sweet Kale & the Southwest.  And they’re like $2.50!

Beyond The Point.  My love affair with Book of The Month club continues.  This book is about three young women who go through West Point, written by a woman who was raised on campus.

• These cute sneaks I picked up this week at yes, Target.  Sigh.  Really should probably be banned from that store.

• That we are back in Challenge mode on Wednesday.  Challenge board going up today!

See you at the barre,

Melissa

Happy Wednesday

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Good morning,

I was up thinking & googling early this morning.  I spent last night with a few girlfriends & one of them commented on how relaxed I looked in the few pics I posted from my recent Hawaii trip.  I was relaxed, it’s vacation.

But my first & honest reaction to the compliment was, yeah, I was with my brother.

I realize I’m lucky to have relatively friction free friendships with both my brother & sister.  Turns out studies on sibling relationships show that during middle age 🙋🏼‍♀️ and old age, many wellness indicators (mood, health, morale, stress, depression, loneliness, life satisfaction) can be linked to how you feel about your siblings.

A Swedish study showed that by the time we are in our eighties, sibling relationships correlate to health & positive mood sometimes more strongly than relationships with friends or even adult children.

At any rate, I came home from this trip grateful, restored & ready to be back in the studio.

One of my favorite things to do with my sister is take a class side by side.  Do you have a sibling that has yet to check out the studio?  Shoot me a note with their name & email & I’ll comp her (or him!) a class so you can come together.  👯‍♀️

See you at the barre,
Melissa

May Challenge, That Snug Life

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I love shopping travel swag for the May Challenge.  We’re just rounding the corner firmly into Spring & it feels celebratory to add something special to our carry-ons & beach bags ahead of summer vacations.

I never used to travel with jewelry.  Half of it would tangle & I felt guilty dropping pieces I care about into random makeup bags.  Then a friend gave me a Jewelry Snug.  I’ve stocked the studio with these perfectly protected pouches in black & cream, I promise they’ll become your new favorite travel essential.

May Challenge ~
Attend TEN classes in May,
And take home:
• A tighter barre booty
• A Jewelry Snug
• The discovery or reminder of what consistency feels like on your body

There’s a reason our challenges are ten classes in one month.  I firmly believe that a goal should be manageable & attainable, and something that can become a part of a healthy lifestyle.  Otherwise, why bother?

New to Studio Challenges? All you need to do to participate is book classes & attend.  That’s it!  There will be a challenge board in the studio to monitor progress to ten.

Sat 10am, Sun 8am & several Sun 5:30pm overflow classes have been added.  Memorial Day Monday has an extra morning class in lieu of the evening.

See you at the barre,
Melissa

New to the Studio?

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Get to know us.

Challenges!  We run challenges typically every other month.  Attend 10 classes in the month & take home the benefits of a consistent barre practice as well as the current swag.  May Challenge details out next week.

First class?  Arrive 10 min early to complete a waiver & get a quick intro.  We will run you through everything you need to know.

Want to check out the class first from home before coming to the studio?  That’s possible.

Easiest way to book a class?  The app. 
It’s called Studiobookings.  Simple booking of your class schedule.  Straightforward purchase of classes.  Waitlist notifications sent to your phone if promoted to booked.

How does the waitlist work?

Always feel free to contact me with questions or concerns.  It’s what I’m here for.

See you at the barre,
Melissa

Club Barre. Yes, Club Barre.

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Emily here 👋

Want to know what happens when Melissa heads to Hawaii & leaves the rest of us in charge?  Amazing ideas, that’s what.

Introducing the hottest new class in Hamburg: Club Barre.

You know that feeling when you're out and you think, "I could really crush my workout to this song?" Well, SAME.

That's why we're bringing you our first ever Club Barre class to give you all the feel good vibes as a night out with the girls, except you'll be getting a body burning and booty lifting workout at the same time!

Friday, April 19th @ 6:30pm with me, Emily

We'll be pulsing it down to your favorite club hits in a disco-lit room to start your weekend off right, giving you all the more reason to spend the rest of your night out in yoga pants.

That said, Club Barre might not be the class for you if you find high-energy music and flashing/colorful lights bothersome. We do recommend having taken at least one of our normal classes prior to Club Barre.  Finally, normal class package credits apply for this class, so book away.

Four Years

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Last year, my sister introduced me to a female owned small business that I love.  It is called Soulku, based in Asheville, NC.  I’m sure you’ve seen me wearing their beaded bracelet above, I teach in it very often.

Their mission is to empower women.  So much so that their business model employs stay-at-home moms to craft their jewelry & earn a thriving wage.  As a female business owner & proud employer of women, this is close to my heart.

I’ve stocked the studio with their Be Your Own Hero bracelets, Tribe bracelets & Intention necklaces.  Each package is signed by the woman who crafted it & all pieces I have marked at $25.

The studio is celebrating FOUR YEARS in business today.  We wouldn’t be here without all of you - our tribe.  Thank you for supporting the studio, me, and each other.

To that - purchase a package of ten classes or greater between April 1-7 & take home the bracelet or necklace of your choice.  I’ll email you gift confirmation & you select when next in the studio.

One per person.  All class packs have a one year expiration.  An unlimited purchase will extend any existing package.

With love,

Melissa

Mid Week Musings

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Happy Humpday, ya’ll.

Agreed, eight things that come with consistency at the barre.

65+ of you are due to complete the March Challenge.  Go team.

April Stretch Therapy classes have been added to the calendar.  I’m attending this Sunday & already looking forward to it.

This Spring reading list is making me happy... I just finished Queenie (B+) and am currently LOVING Daisy Jones & The Six (author of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo!)

I plan to pick a good stack of them to take to Hawaii early April & read while lounging at this Airstream in Paradise.

I also plan to take this recent $17 Amazon find thanks to Liz Adams.  Can you say swimsuit tunnel vision?  I have it.  So impressed with the quality, but size up, I’m in a medium.

I’m a carryon girl, always have been.  I never, ever check a bag.  I love these totes (I get the large size with long handles for travel - monogrammed, natch).  You’ve probably seen my navy short handle one for studio towels.

Finally, a reminder that yes, we take health & wellness cards.  They do not run through online but I can run them in person, through text, phone or email.  And love doing it.  It’s a win win.

See you soon ~

Melissa