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Breaking Ground

Harness Cycle’s historic downtown digs open today






Fresh on the heels of the long-awaited opening of Marble Room Steaks & Raw Bar comes another establishment in the historic Garfield Building that fans have been anticipating. Today Harness Cycle's second location opens next door on the corner of E. 6th Street and Euclid Avenue.

Harness Cycle
1965 E. 6th Street
Cleveland, OH 44114
216-375-3258
Website

While construction on the downtown location began almost a year ago, the wait has been well worth it as team members navigated the challenges of building a cycling studio in a historic bank building, owner Anne Hartnett says. “We really want to see people in here,” she says, crediting John Williams of Process Creative with creating a soundproof studio within the large, towering marble pillars in the 5,000-square-foot space. “John had an approach where it’s like a room within a room.”

In addition to Williams, Hartnett also employed the services of designer Christine Wisnieski for Harness Cycle’s rebranding, Danielle DeBoe for the interior design, and Hans Noble Design for the retail fixtures and Adam Zimmerman for designing the front desk.

While the new downtown location may be in a historic building, it holds true to the original Harness Cycle concept first launched by Hartnett in Hingetown in 2013. (No surprise there: The indoor cycling studio was an instant hit.) In building up the original location, Hartnett has also learned what it means to be an active community member, with the studio’s regular participation in community events and fitness promotion.

Now, Hartnett is planning on doing it all over again—this time for the downtown crowd. “We want to anchor what exists here and bring it forward,” she says of the new studio. “We find we are a hyper-local studio. While the Ohio City studio is close by, these are different communities.”

Hartnett says the downtown studio may take a little more effort to get that sense of community. “Physically, there’s been a lot of progress, but we’re still growing that downtown feel,” she says. “We have more work to do to create a sense of neighborhood downtown. We can be a place where people can come together and ride.”

That sense of place will serve both downtown residents and workers alike, according to Hartnett. “We want to be a place for people who already live here and people who work here," she says. "For a small percentage, this will be a destination. But we’re all Clevelanders.”

Classes in the downtown location begin today with the pre-grand opening. As part of the celebration, Harness Cycle will offer free rides and discounted packages for non-members through the end of the month.

Read more articles by Karin Connelly Rice.

Karin Connelly Rice enjoys telling people's stories, whether it's a promising startup or a life's passion. Over the past 18 years she has reported on the local business community for publications such as Inside Business and Cleveland Magazine. She was editor of the Rocky River/Lakewood edition of In the Neighborhood and was a reporter and photographer for the Amherst News-Times. At Fresh Water she enjoys telling the stories of Clevelanders who are shaping and embracing the business and research climate in Cleveland.
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