The new coronavirus has changed life for all of us. Local businesses have taken a huge economic hit, but communities are finding creative ways to support the establishments they know and love.
In an effort to help local businesses in our communities stay connected and succeed, Patch will shine a light on some of them through a series of Q&A articles during this time.
Yang’s Fitness, Training & Martial Arts Center is one of the businesses in town facing struggles during the coronavirus. You can lend your support by reading more about the company, below, and by contacting them here.
Tell us about your business and its history in your town.
Yang’s is a family owned and operated fitness center just down the hill from Main Street at Dundee Park offering a traditional gym with exercise equipment, personal and group training, group exercise classes, yoga, spinning as well as martial arts for children age 4-and-a-half to adults and Tai Chi. We first opened our doors in Andover in 1988 as a martial arts studio on Haverhill Street in Andover. In 2005, we acquired the gym at Dundee Park and merged the two businesses. Our staff consists of approximately 35 local residents who are all deeply rooted in our community and we actively participate in community and charitable events.
How has the new coronavirus impacted your business and its employees?
Due to the governors mandate on limited sized group gatherings issued on March 15, we voluntarily closed on March 17 to help keep our staff and members safe and have been closed since then. Our employees have been furloughed and in typical fashion, they rallied and are helping to brighten our members and our community by offering free virtual classes via our Facebook page and by offering free YouTube workout videos.
How can local customers support you now and in the future?
Everyone is welcome to participate in our free virtual Facebook classes and share, comment and like the classes and posts to help bring awareness of our efforts to keep people moving and healthy. Exercise is one of the best ways to help keep our immune systems strong. They can also visit our “How Can I Help?” page on our website.
Do you have any words of encouragement for your community?
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity, so here’s our opportunity to reflect on the things that matter the most: our family, community and health. Stay active and safe!
Are you offering any special services, promotions or hours during this time?
Free virtual classes and video workouts to everyone. You can check out our weekly virtual schedule here.
Are there any other outstanding businesses in town you think deserve some community support?
There are so many owner-operated small businesses in town that deserve support at this time, particularly personal services (e.g. massage therapists, hair and nail salons, estheticians, etc.), which will be slower to ramp up when the non-essential ban is lifted due to personal distancing. We’re sure there’s a whole host of these businesses but our immediate friends who come to mind are: Judy Brezner, Andover Massage, Diana Dow, Merrimack Valley Bodywork, Serenity Massage, Planet Color, Jason Robert Salon, Tim Gillespie, Nails by Michelle, Andrea’s Skin Care, to name a few.
Do you own a local business in need of a feature on Patch? Fill out the questions in this form for consideration. Or, check out Patch’s full list of resources for small businesses during the coronavirus crisis.
Thank you, and stay safe