BY DAN TAYLOR, ENERGIZING ENTREPRENEURIAL COMMUNITIES PROGRAM COORDINATOR, THE HUB
As part of The Hub’s Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities program, currently in Boone, Lincoln, Wyoming and Taylor Counties, community coaches have been working with local residents to ask small business owners in the area about challenges that they are facing and resources they may need. We are spotlighting businesses who are taking part in this process to shine light on their work in improving local communities and to say thanks! for taking time out of their busy days to help with support for long term entrepreneurial growth for their area.
Dan Taylor, The Hub:Tell us about your business.
Breanna Collins, Appalachian Flow: Appalachian Flow LLC is an individually run yoga business located in downtown Grafton of Taylor County at 34 W. Main Street.
DT: How long have you been in business?
BC: We began offering free yoga classes in September of 2017 and officially began to function as a business mid-November of 2017.
DT: Why did you choose to open a business in this community?
BC: As a lifetime resident of Grafton, I dreamed of bringing a yoga business into my community for about three years before making my dream a reality. Through bringing yoga and holistic living options to the community, we’ve begun to bring new culture and healthy lifestyle options into Grafton so community members have the choice to obtain services they desire within their county line.
DT: What would you say to people wanting to start a business in this community?
BC: Go for it! New businesses are beginning to pop up in Grafton and Taylor County as a whole and community members seem to be very receptive and appreciative of the available options. So I encourage anyone thinking of opening a business here to take the necessary steps and follow your dream!
DT: What would you like the community to know about you?
BC: Appalachian Flow LLC is a newly established business located on Main Street in Grafton. We currently have one yoga instructor holding 5 classes a week for all ages and levels and try to create a space of acceptance and non intimidation to make newcomers and regulars feel welcome, comfortable and safe. Our goal is to establish a yoga community in Grafton by offering new exercise and mindfulness options as well as other holistic living workshops. You can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AppalachianFlowWV/.