The People Behind The Space
Co-Founder + CFO
An East Coast native with a risk taking edge took her across the globe but a movie marketing position grounded her in Los Angeles in 2003, while she also was a part time model, and later coordinated on Pimp My Ride, a hit TV series. Through loss, a heavy divorce and numerous health scares she searched for more meaning in life. Her desire to connect and bring communities together lead her into the wellness world. She first invested in a Santa Monica Franchise called Cardio Barre in 2009 at the peak of the barre trend.
With a successful start years later the studio faced challenges under an expensive franchise model, while also in the most competitive fitness markets. She began secretly building a new vision behind the scenes...designing a studio specializing in a collective of fitness dance concepts under one roof. At first, no one thought her idea was possible. Why would different brands want to be under the same space competing? But she saw something that would minimize the costs both for the business and the brands. Connecting and creating 'the space' together with long time friend and now partner Vanessa, the two lead the charge and The Space was born in 2018.
We share our experience of operating a boutique fitness studio to other brands looking to expand in the market with the low risk model. We endured all of the difficult foundational work and each business can focus on their passion. With the collective model we share in the costs of the studio as a team and help each others brand grow. We currently offer 8+ female owned and operated businesses to the westside market and soon globally with live streaming. We found a solution to the boutique fitness crisis. -Lauren
When Lauren isn't handling all the behind the scenes of The Space, she travels to new destinations every year and practices a holistic lifestyle. She loves anything connected to psychology, astrology, manifestation and most recently human design. She is a Certified Spirit Junkie level 1 and 2 with Gabby Bernstein, and is apart of the CHI Program level 1 and 2 lead by trailblazer Diane Kazer. She has a passion for connecting passionate people together to create inspirational communities with a humanitarian vision. Whether she’s writing songs, producing projects or debating global affairs, she loves enjoying the simplicities of life. She resides between Malibu, CA and Egypt dancing in the sea with her family as an advanced scuba diver.
Co-Founder + Business Development
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 took on the responsibility of building company systems and supporting each brand and their teams, until they felt ready to run their own business. She now currently focuses on business development, online platforms and expanding projects globally.
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.