Sabrina Moore found the perfect space downtown to open Medicine Hat’s first spin studio, but it needed to be renovated to enhance the functionality and aesthetic of the space.
She researched online for resources in the city, and booked a meeting with Community Futures Entre-Corp. She quickly received guidance on how to open the doors to her business, Kollektiv Cycle.
“I was so grateful to have a resource in the very beginning, because I’d never opened a business before. I had no idea where to start,” says Moore. “I met with an advisor, and they had tons of resources for what my next steps were, for before I opened, when I opened, and after I opened — it was like a step-by-step plan of how I could successfully open Kollektiv Cycle.”
Moore had applied and received loans for her business, and the Beautification Loan through Community Futures Entre-Corp was one of them. The building was transformed into a spin boutique in three months, with new signage, flooring, paint, bathrooms, and indoor decor.
“We did a complete renovation inside, and the loan was very helpful to support some of those costs. I got to make this space beautiful, and that was my intent for it. Sometimes renovations are more than just paint on the wall,” says Moore. “This building is absolutely beautiful and has such an amazing history; however, extensive renovations were required in order to make the space what I wanted it to be, what I dreamed for it to be."
In the four years Kollektiv Cycle has been open, Moore consistently sees new riders, as well as riders who’ve been members since day one. She also collaborates with local eateries and businesses to host spin classes on their patios.
“The community has been wildly supportive. Everyone is so welcoming and amazing; there aren’t egos here. We have riders at various levels of experience, however, at the end of the day, we are all equals in this room. We start together, we finish together,” says Moore.
Moore can't explain how it makes her feel being up on the motivator bike and being able to see the room and the community that they have all created. The energy from everyone is just absolutely incredible.
“People that run a business ultimately help set the culture, but the people who come and attend create that culture in the long run,” says Moore.
Kollektiv Cycle can be found at 316 6 Ave. SE.