Moving right along to day 4 of our February feature of local North-side businesses in Cape Breton, we have the honor of speaking with Sherry Finney, owner/operator of Yellow Dog Studio! Yellow Dog Studio is located at 258 Commercial Street in North Sydney, NS and has been open at this location for around 2 years. Specializing in various types of yoga classes and avid community fundraisers, Sherry has taken the North side by storm and now offers 12 different classes a week!
Here's what Sherry had to say today:
Tell us about why you started this venture:
I started as a student of Jeri Pero-Fraser in classes at Escape Outdoors, but Jeri quickly outgrew that space so opening a studio really fit. I always like to learn new things and found yoga to of great interest throughout my classes so, though it wasn't a plan at the time, I went on to complete teacher training and became an instructor myself! Jeri was instrumental in motivating me in that direction and offered a constant level of support in acheiving my goals. Now in a couple short years, Jeri, my daughter Meghan, who is also a key component in the studio and teacher, and I have been able to offer quite a diverse and flexible schedule to our community.
Tell us what it is that you offer/bring to Cape Breton:
Yellow Dog Studio offers various yoga classes for every different ability level! We strive to make it possible for everybody to be able to experience and relax through yoga practice no matter what flexibility or capability they may have. We have also held other events like Tai Chi previously, crafting classes, and fundraisers. Providing a welcoming space for peace and promoting relaxation in an ever busy world is really important and promotes self-caring!
Any big plans coming up?:
Yellow Dog Studio is expanding our offering to include more events and classes related to arts and culture. The next big one coming soon is knitting at the studio :) Also we are offering a few new daytime classes for those who are unable to attend classes in the evenings.
What is the most important thing you learned about running your own business in Cape Breton?:
The longer I am in business, the more I realize how much opportunity there is here if you are willing to put effort and hard work behind your ideas. My advice is: if you have passion and hard work, go for it!
What are your favorite things to do or places to visit in Cape Breton when you are not busy running your business?:
One of my favorite places is Polletts Cove, where we hike all day and camp through the night. Honestly, anything active and outdoors is wonderful to do and a real advantage to Cape Breton. I love to hike the trails, spend time at the beaches like Dalem Lake, and explore anywhere in Cape Breton with an open mind and sense of adventure.