Join GSBA in congratulating new member business Row House West Seattle on their Grand Opening, December 7, 2019 in West Seattle. Join the Row House team from 1:00 - 4:00 PM for the festivities, or take a free community class the same day at 8:00 AM OR 2:00 PM. Other activities will include a Roll and Recover Workshop with Tangelo Chiropractic & Functional Rehabilitation, raffles, samples, wine tasting with Welcome Road, and more!
For owners Melinda Partin and Kelly McLain, fitness should be fun, effective, and accessible. Their motto for the newly opened Row House on Alaska Junction in Seattle is, “We are humble, we are kind, we leave no rower behind.”
Row House West Seattle is a boutique fitness studio that offers 45-minute low impact, full-body, cardio workouts suitable for any age or fitness level. One of the reasons Melinda and Kelly decided to open Row House was because of the accessibility (and fun) of the rowing modality. Classes promote a team atmosphere - members can see their own efforts on machine displays - but the main displays show the total class distance and average split time (how fast the “boat” is going). The entire class is encouraged to work together to lower split times and increase the distance. In the Row House, every person contributes to the overall success of the team.
Prior to opening Row House together, Melinda had previously owned her own marketing business, and recently was Senior Director of Marketing and Digital at UW Medicine. She wanted to get out from behind a desk and bring something to the community that promoted health and wellness. Kelly works in human resources at Amazon and between the two of them, they decided this was a business they could enjoy doing together.
Even before opening their doors, Melinda and Kelly knew they wanted to give back to community, and one way they saw they could do that was by joining GSBA. Melinda explains, “We believe in GSBA’s mission of promoting equality and diversity in the workplace, and investing in the next generation of leaders. We are thankful to have GSBA and are proud to be members of such an amazing organization bringing so much positive impact for LGTBQ and allied businesses to our state and nation.”
Row House has built equality into their business by keeping diversity and accessibility in mind. Melinda describes their incorporation of values, “Row House provides an opportunity for all ages, genders, and fitness levels to come together in a community-minded environment and work together to achieve personal fitness goals. Being able to offer a workout that can challenge and improve the health of the fittest of the fit, to the person coming back from injury, to health concerns, or the couch – regardless of age, provides a level of equality often overlooked in the fitness industry. Every 'body' is celebrated here."
Check out their website at www.therowhouse/location/west-seattle, call 206-397-8828, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a free trial class. GSBA members can join as an Unlimited Member or 8x Monthly Member and receive a 20% discount.