I am so excited to be sharing this news with you. As you likely know, I have had extremely unfruitful negotiations with our landlord since March.
It has been absolutely terrifying. As revenue has fallen so dramatically, there was no way I could reopen at 1700 Sansom.
Because I had a personal guarantee on the lease, I was staring down personal bankruptcy.
It was so hurtful that, after nearly eight years at this location as a lead tenant renting an entire floor, the landlord was completely unwilling to work with me.
I understand that he has a mortgage, and I of course don’t feel entitled to free rent. But I needed some sort of break. I desperately needed to make a deal.
I retained an attorney who gave me great advice and with unflinching tenacity we pushed and pushed. I listened to his advice, as this is all new territory for me.
Last week we came to an early termination agreement.
Don’t worry! Maha is NOT closing its brick and mortar….
We are reopening in a new location! I signed a lease to reopen at 2030 Sansom in the space that used to house Wake Up Yoga Rittenhouse.
If you haven’t been there, it is a gorgeous, light-drenched space. It has two spacious practice rooms with beautiful hard wood, three single-use changing stalls, two restrooms in the space, a lovely lobby, and exquisite windows that open to let fresh air in.
We share the building with the Adrienne Theatre and the Shambhala Meditation Center. It’s a great block!
It is absolutely incredible, and I am so, so grateful.
A quick gratitude list is in order! I am so thankful for:
- Corina Benner (owner of Wake Up Yoga, who put me in touch with the landlord of our new space),
- Jill Ivey (Maha teacher) and her husband Ross Currie who donated their time and worked in the heat on Sunday to help me move the studio,
- Jacqui Carini (Maha front desk team member, and newly hired studio manager) who helped move and clean,
- My mom Mary Kay Agnew who advised me, listened to me cry, told me to keep pushing, and never lost the hope,
- My wife Courtney and our great friend Maren who also helped move, schlep mats, disassemble furnishings, and have supported me every step along the way,
- Alan Foran (Maha teacher) who has also helped with moving, and will be working to help prepare the new space for all of us,
- Every single one of you who has passed along well wishes, donated to our staff relief fund, and attended classes during the shutdown.
We have a lot of work to do in the next month, and we have already started it. We’ll be painting, getting some new furnishings, turning on the utilities and redesigning storage space.
I need some capital to get going, and had to cut my last landlord a very hefty check to fulfill my obligations at 1700 Sansom.
If we can make the goal in our GoFundMe, we’ll be able to get through this. I know I’ve asked you for so much, and I recognize that many other small businesses are doing the same.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you to all of you who have contributed to help us survive the pandemic. Here is a direct link if you would like to donate.
You may also Venmo us directly @mahayogastudio. Every dollar helps.
Don’t have extra funds right now? I get it. I’ve been surviving on my savings since April. Here are other ways to help:
- Keep coming to class, whether virtually or outdoors,
- Advance your practice by signing up for one of our private yoga memberships (reply to this email to schedule a call with me so I can match you with the right instructor to help you meet your fitness goals),
- Share our fundraiser on social media,
- Recommend Maha to your friends! We have a free event for brand new beginners with Katrina on Aug 24th
- Follow us on Instagram, or
- Join our new Maha Facebook Group.
Quick note: I have your stored yoga mat! When things were getting tense with the landlord I moved them all to my living room because the landlord was threatening to lock us out. I couldn’t stomach that I might lose your mat that you entrusted Maha with. I’ll be moving them to the new space (so thank you so much for continuing to pay the $5 monthly storage fee!).
I anticipate reopening in mid to late September, depending of course on how things progress with the pandemic.
In the meantime, I hope to see you on the mat, whether on Zoom, or on the roof at Cira Green.
I miss you. I love you.