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Crews install signage at The Bodysmith’s new home.
Photo provided by Shauna Smith Yates
Crews install signage at The Bodysmith’s new home.

Bodysmith relocating within center city

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The Bodysmith, a nearly 9-year-old Pilates and fitness studio, is relocating within center city.

Owner Shauna Smith Yates said an August or September relocation date is planned to 1136 St. Louis St., just west of Steak ’n Shake in the former Kolar’s building.

Yates said about a year ago, she was informed the downtown building housing her 317 E. Walnut St. studio was selling and she would have to move out.

“I started a pretty quick, intense search,” she said.

That search led to the St. Louis Street building, which she found out had recently been put up for sale. Neal Wood and Jim Morris, two clients of The Bodysmith, decided to buy it out of John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts’ bankruptcy proceedings.

Yates said she’s working out a lease for undisclosed terms with Wood and Morris to occupy the building’s more than 4,000 square feet. A building permit on file with the city shows a declared valuation of roughly $50,000 for the infill work.

The new location will have three main rooms for Pilates, as well as another room for The Bodysmith’s Rock Steady Boxing program for Parkinson’s patients. Additionally, Parkinson's Group of the Ozarks will relocate into the St. Louis Street building.

“Our employees and some of our Rock Steady boxers will be volunteering their time to help man the office,” Yates said.

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