A new fitness studio is gearing up to open in downtown Rochester before the holiday feasting begins.
Sarah Pacchetti's Studio on Third is all set to open on Monday at 18 Third Ave. S.W. in the basement of the Merchant Exchange Building. The 1,000-square-foot fitness center is tucked in next to The Doggery cocktail bar.
The studio offers hip hop, Barre, Piloxing, Zumba and yoga classes for Rochester folks as well as visitors staying in downtown hotels.
"I've been playing with this idea for years. I wanted to open a place that would be fun and empower others," she said in July, when she announced her plans for the studio.
Pacchetti is a certified instructor previously taught classes at Mayo Clinic's Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. She has a team of nine instructors or as she calls them "inspire-ers." That team includes a couple of names that are familiar to the Rochester business community, Jess Irhke and Sara Pennington.
Sarah, with her husband John Pacchetti, bought half ownership of the basement level of the Merchants Exchange Building in June. The Pacchettis co-own the space with Scott Hoss, who also handles the leasing as an agent of Rochester's Paramark Real Estate Services.
The Pacchettis also own the Rochester-based Home Instead senior care operation that serves southeastern Minnesota.