We had the good fortune of connecting with Helya Glen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Helya, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”- Henry Ford. This rings very true for me, especially right now in the middle of a pandemic. I think we are in a state of constant guessing games and can’t really plan for the future because the future is extremely unclear. What we can count on is our will to push forward, to adapt and be fluid. With that comes the outlook of controlling my own destiny with my mindset. If I think I can, I’ll find success.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
It’s 2020, and the hits just keep coming. I own a business in one of the industries hit the hardest: fitness. Although I and many others believe it should be considered an essential business, it is not. Never in my wildest dreams would I think that someone other than me would tell me to close my doors, but here we are. The single greatest thing I could do was take out the excuse of not moving because I was physically closed. So I created online solutions, in person solutions outside, inside safely distanced. My team and I have never stopped because we DO feel we are essential now more than ever. I don’t know what other surprises 2020 has up its sleeve, but at least I know that my business and I will continue to bring health to the people that are willing to listen and move with us.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If a friend of mine were visiting, I would start with an early morning workout at my gym, The Studio Ventura. On our way home, we’d stop at one of my favorite local sustainable coffee shops, Beacon coffee, conveniently located right around the corner from the gym. We’d then make our way home, park the car and walk to grab breakfast at a charming California style cafe in a 1920’s bungalow: Cafe Nouveau. Then we’d make our way downtown to Ventura’s adorable outdoor Main Street Moves area. The support of local businesses in this city is huge! We’d poke in some shops and maybe do some sightseeing, maybe grab a light lunch after some thrift shopping. For dinner we’d go to this beautiful restaurant down there called Paradise Pantry where they serve artisan cheeses and delicious wine from all over the world. There’s also a ton of locally owned microbreweries around, all who have adapted to being outside during the pandemic. Lots of amazing food to choose from and some great things to see and eat!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I remember the day I called my father to tell him I had quit my job to start a gym. I think most would find this conversation intimidating, but to be honest I had no idea what his reaction would be and although nervously sweating, I picked up the phone and dove in head first. He said “you know, I knew one day you’d do this, I just didn’t know when or in what, but this just makes sense. I support you, I’m here if you need anything and buckle up.” I want my shoutout to be to my father who has always seen the entrepreneur in me and loved it, nurtured it and told me to listen very closely to it.

I would also like to give a huge shoutout to ALL the small businesses owners in Ventura that are putting in their everything to survive right now. Having a brick and mortar business has never been easy, but especially right now we rely on our communities to spread the word about us. I commend those that are fighting and stand with them. The life of a small business owner is often lonely, but right now I do feel I have found camaraderie with other owners and that is a silver lining in this pandemic.

Website: www.thestudioventura.com
Instagram: @helyaglen or @thestudioventura
Linkedin: linkedin/helyaglen
Twitter: glenhelya
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Helyaglen
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/the-studio-ventura-4
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIJPyHtX7rF160PZURJvrNQ

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