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September 1, 2013

Big changes at 302

GOSHEN - The building at 302 S. Main St., Goshen, has opened for business after a 17-month transformation by a local renovator.

Jeremy Stutsman and his wife Maija, co-owners of Lofty Ideas in Goshen, bought the building and have transformed it into an office for their renovation and remodeling business, as well as a home for several health and wellness oriented businesses. The renovation project was the 41st for Lofty Ideas, and according to Jeremy, the biggest.

The building, which is called “The Bubble” by the Stutsmans due to its distinctive bubble-shaped windows along the Jefferson Street side, houses a physical therapist, a yoga studio, a health and fitness studio, a spa, a masseuse, a nutritionist and a salon.

Maija is a co-owner of Live Out Loud Health and Fitness Studio, which has relocated to the new building.

“We got a lot of the fitness clubs that have opened up the last few years,” Jeremy said. “This is different, you don’t have to pay yearly memberships and it’s kind of come when you want to. And we don’t do weights, there’s no weights, there’s not that type of stuff here, so it’s just a different type of facility. It’s not better, worse, it’s just different.

“I just think that’s an important part of quality of life is to make sure people have options to be able to do what they want to,” he said.

The property, located on the corner of Jefferson and Main streets, was in need of a transformation from its days as a gas station.

“One of our main goals with this property was to really clean up a property that had just been an old gas station, nothing had been done for years, and continue to bring downtown south here,” he said.

The property now features three trees, with another to be added this fall, according to Stutsman. Grass was added in front of the building to bring what Stutsman calls, “a softer, park-feel” to downtown.

The businesses in the building, in addition to Live Out Loud are: Integrative Massage, Day la Sol Spa, Spacious Heart Yoga, Shear Style Salon and Advanced BioStructural Correction. They will work together to offer specials, discounts and other promotions, according to the Stutsmans.

“The whole goal is to be open and welcoming to the public,” Jeremy said.

While the businesses are all moved in and open, Jeremy said that there are still a few things to be done behind the scenes and that the building should be completed in about a month.

For Cheri Holmes, owner of Shear Style Salon which has been in the building for years, the renovation has been great.

“It’s exciting to see it transform and it’s different to have so many people around because I was the only one in the building, so it’s neat to have all the activity,” she said.

According to Holmes, her business has been in the building for 21 years.

“The building has definitely improved,” she said.

Jeremy said that the city project on Jefferson Street to replace water and sewer lines will help complete the property, with the work there scheduled to be done in November. That project will also add angle parking along the street for the building and others downtown.

The Stutsmans said they intend to hold an open house in November to show off the property and have a grand opening.

For Jeremy though, he doesn’t get as much time to enjoy the fruits of his labor, having already started more projects for Lofty Ideas.

“It’s kind of a weird thing for me, because I’ll finally get the whole thing finished and I’ll have my tools here, but I won’t get to sit around and enjoy this like everyone else gets to,” he said. “I’ll move onto to the next thing.”

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