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12 — Women In Business

Curves Owner Offers One Stop Shop For Fitness By TERESA HAMMOND

Colleen O’Connell used to serve people whatever they wanted on the menu. In 2003, however, a paradigm shift would begin, which would eventually alter the course of both her life, as well as her career. O’Connell is the owner of Curves, Oakdale, as well as Curves Valley Springs. The 113 N. Third Ave., Oakdale, location also became home to a third business for O’Connell in 2014 as she became a trained Jenny Craig certified consultant. Sharing that she first became a member of Curves, Valley Springs in 2003, O’Connell said during that time she was

a server in the food industry. In 2007 she purchased the facility, which first got her started moving and in shape. “Being able to access a fitness gym for 30 minutes it was fun and effective,” she said of her initial membership. “I thought this is something I want to do,” she explained. “I want to help other women. I wanted to be in a business where I could help people.” In 2009 O’Connell learned of the Oakdale Curves franchise being offered for resale. She first passed on the offer, convinced she and her partner were too busy for a second location. A short drive from Valley Springs later, she found herself scout-

ing out a 95361 location which she thought would serve the community better. The owner noted the North Third Avenue location was a thought out decision. She mentioned the heavy foot traffic, as community members visit the center of town to shop, bank and dine. The focus was on increasing visibility and becoming accessible to more women. “I remember days where there were 15 women working out in a whole day,” O’Connell said of first coming to the downtown Oakdale location. Now the location has close to 250 members and stays steady during curves Page 13

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Oakdale Curves Coach Terry Wilder-Unruh, left, guides a group of members through a circuit workout to build cardio as well as physical strength. Photo By Teresa Hammond

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