The People Behind The Space
An East Coast native with a wild spirit took her across the globe but a movie marketing position grounded her in Los Angeles while she also worked as a model, diving into small acting gigs while coordinating a hit TV series. Through loss, a divorce and a health scare she soon searched for more meaning in life. Her desire lead her into the wellness world. She invested in a Franchise in Santa Monica called Cardio Barre in 2009 at the peak of the barre trend.
With a successful start she later faced challenges to keep the one concept studio thriving in the most competitive fitness markets, while all the others shut down. She began slowly building a new vision, designing a studio specializing in a variety of fitness concepts shared under one roof to minimize the costs both for the business and for the instructors. Connecting with long time friend and now partner, the two lead the charge in creating The Space in 2018.
"We share our experience of operating a boutique fitness studio to other fitness concepts looking to expand in the LA market with a low risk model. We went through all of the headaches it takes to open a company so that new brands can focus on their launch. We share in the costs of the studio and help each brand grow. We now offer 8+ female owned and operated workouts to the westside market. We found a real solution to the fitness studio crisis."
Lauren travels the world, practices holistic wellness, psychology, astrology, manifesting and human design while healing herself and others. She is a Certified Spirit Junkie with Gabby Bernstein, and is apart of the CHI Program lead by Diane Kazer. She has a passion for writing and producing projects that share an authentic message for global impact. She lives between Malibu and Egypt dancing in the sea as an advanced scuba diver.
Vanessa Van Overmeer
Born in San Diego, Vanessa left for LA at 25 shortly after studying Kinesiology and Business at San Diego State University. While in San Diego she started her own personal training and nutrition company while competing in fitness competitions, but thrived for experience in the city she always dreamed of living.
Once in LA she found herself working for large companies such as Equinox Fitness, but missed the creativity and challenge of being an entrepreneur. Wanting to make sure she understood business from all angles and not just through the lens of the fitness industry, she has worked on tech start-ups, co-working spaces, members clubs, and consulted for many other projects focused around community building. Through all this experience she found the common thread that drove her passion was building community for good causes.
When Vanessa met Lauren back in late 2013 they started off as friends but soon found out they shared a lot of the same life goals. They decided to combine their expertise and experience to form The Space as a hub to house multiple wellness brands that they believed in while providing a place to grow a like-minded community.
Vanessa sees The Space as a place to launch dreams, improve lives and create connections. Providing this model on a larger scale and helping as many people as possible while traveling the world is her dream, and it all starts at The Space.