Yoga for the Peaceful

As a child, Brittany Phelps always dreamed of owning a yoga studio. As she grew, she gained more knowledge around the art of yoga and became an instructor. Eight months ago, that dream became a reality. Not one to take risks, she took a risk when she took over ownership of Yoga for the Peaceful in Crested Butte, Colorado.

Early on, Brittany experienced difficulty deciphering business documents. Another challenge she faced was learning how to navigate the ebb and flow in customer traffic that happens in a tourist destination.

“It was a steep learning curve,” said Phelps.

Brittany reached out to the West Central Small Business Development Center in Gunnison. She received mentorship and business consulting that she believes were essential to her success. SBDC provided instruction and direction so that she could learn to put the pieces together herself, which has contributed to her success as a small business owner.

Over the past eight months, Yoga for the Peaceful has grown, expanding its offerings to include a yoga clothing retail line and a store front located on Elk Avenue in Crested Butte that caters to both locals and tourists. Yoga for the Peaceful has grown from a handful of instructors and limited staff to a staff of five and an instructor roster of 25. Yoga for the Peaceful has also expanded its physical presence by building a second yoga studio in the bedroom community of Crested Butte South.

The business continues to grow and Brittany continues to work with SBDC. Part of the success of Yoga for the Peaceful is due to Brittany’s commitment and personal investment in her business. She is driven, intelligent, and has grown her business acumen to run a successful business.

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