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Locally-Owned barre3 Prepares for Move to Expanded Avon Location at Avon Village Center

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barre3 Farmington Valley, the only barre3 studio in Connecticut, is poised to make a major move – relocating to a now-under-construction studio at the Avon Village Center retail complex, alongside the newly opened Whole Foods, at 30 Market Street.

Co-owners Sarah Pfinsgraff and Niki Mirtorabi are thrilled to announce that plans are moving forward for the expanded, convenient, and attractive location, which will provide a superb environment – inside and out – for workout classes. Increasingly popular with a loyal and growing local following, barre3 Farmington Valley provides a full-body balanced workout, combining strength conditioning, cardio and mindfulness.

Workouts incorporate both large range of motion and small range of motion in a beat-driven, energetic and supportive environment. Classes designed for every fitness level, from beginner to expert, can include hand-held weights up to 8 pounds, resistance bands, sliders, core ball and cushioned mat – all provided by barre3 during the workout.

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Currently operating in a comfortable temporary location at 42 Main Street in Avon, barre3 Farmington Valley is open 7 days a week, and livestream all studio classes via Zoom. Classes range from 30 to 60 minutes, and specialty classes are available including b3 cardio, b3strength and b3 flow.

In addition, barre3 Farmington Valley offers affordable on-site childcare 6 days each week in its current location – which will continue in the new Avon Village Center location this fall.

"Having on-site childcare can be a real game-changer for many of our participants, enabling them to take a class they might otherwise not be able to, due to the unavailability of childcare elsewhere," said Pfinsgraff. "We're proud to offer on-site childcare, just a few steps away from our classes."

Mirtorabi pointed out that barre3 is designed to help increase strength, reduce stress, improve balance and build a mind-body connection. It is an unbeatable combination.

"Our world-class instructors empower every person in every class to 'make it your own' by offering modification options for every move – allowing people with a range of fitness levels to create sustainable change from the inside out, increasing energy and endurance," Pfinsgraff, a certified barre3 instructor since 2017, explained. Pfinsgraff and Mirtorabi note that no dance or group fitness experience is required, and all fitness levels are welcome. They add that barre3 is not a dance class – in fact, the barre is often not used at all, and is fully optional.

This summer, a weekly Thursday evening class is being held outside of the new studio location at 30 Market Street at 6 PM, weather permitting. In addition, free Pop-up outdoor classes are being scheduled at locations in Avon and West Hartford. New client specials are also available, in advance of the move to the new permanent location at Avon Village Center. Details are available on the website at https://barre3.com/studio-locations/farmington-valley or by contacting Niki Mirtorabi or Sarah Pfinsgraff directly at farmingtonvalley@barre3.com or 860-352-2771.

barre3 Farmington Valley was initially located in Canton, with doors first opening in November 2015. Pfinsgraff became owner of the studio in 2017, and Mirtorabi joined her as co-owner of Connecticut's only barre3 franchise in April 2022, after having been a client, then an instructor since 2021. As co-owners, they made plans for the move to the new location in Avon Village Center, which are now coming to fruition with a just-signed 10-year lease.

Barre3 Farmington Valley has been operating successfully from the temporary Avon location since this Spring, adding new participants from throughout the Farmington Valley and West Hartford to the roster of enthusiastic members.

"We have dozens of founding members still with us as part of our growing community," Pfinsgraff said. "In fact, we have some mother-daughter combinations among them – including a mother-daughter instructor team. And some of our clients have taken more than 1,000 classes. We're proud to be part of their lives in such a meaningful way."

There are currently 10 instructors at barre3 Farmington Valley, and Pfinsgraff and Mirtorabi indicate that with the move to the new location – and increased demand for classes by an expanding clientele – they're looking to add additional instructors.

"We're very much of the community, for the community," Pfinsgraff observed, highlighting their interest in local nonprofit organizations, their effective pivot during the height of the pandemic, and the spacious play area for children on-site. Pfinsgraff resides in Avon with her husband and three young children; Mirtorabi and her husband and two young children reside in Farmington.

The barre3 Farmington Valley studio regularly holds donation-based classes benefitting numerous local charities, including the Grace Academy and Prudence Crandall Center. barre3 Farmington Valley also has an on-site retail shop, which proudly supports female owned brands, eco-friendly brands and products manufactured in the USA. Curated brands include Beyond Yoga, Alo, Tavi, and Spiritual Gangster.

Time spent at barre3 Farmington Valley has been described as "so much more than a workout. We do it for community, the friendships & the fact that you always walk out feeling better than you did when you walked in."

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