There is nothing better than a beauty with brains, and entrepreneur, Jessica Bashelor happens to have both. Jessica is the owner of Boston’s trendiest spin spot, The Handle Bar, an indoor cycling studio. Since opening in 2013, the business has received non-stop acclaim from the Boston scene, and grown into a total of three locations around the greater Boston area, and we’re certain this smart and powerful start-up will have nothing but continued success. The busy owner was kind enough to take time out of her schedule and answer all our questions! Find out more below!
-What inspired you to start your cycling studio?
My first job out of college was a sales position with a start-up activewear company. With the role, I was able to visit boutique studios in the Boston area and meet the founders, the instructors, get to know the community, etc. I fell in love! I was so inspired by other young women who worked for themselves bringing an activity that they were passionate about to their community. Working for a startup at the time, I already had the ‘itch’ for entrepreneurship and I thought a fitness studio seemed doable. Little did I know I wouldn’t stop with just one!
-What’s your biggest tip for someone who wants to get into the fitness industry?
Get certified and start teaching! It was so valuable that I was an instructor when I began the process of opening the studio. You get to learn the industry from the inside out. You learn what makes a good instructor and how to spot that potential in a person. The root of success in the fitness industry is in the product, so do anything you possibly can to understand and define what makes the product great.
-How would you describe your own personal style?
Creative! I don’t stick to one style, and I don’t shy away from anything either. I love going for a specific look and going all-out in that direction. If I’m inspired by a certain look, then I’ll really go for it. I always play with my hair and makeup and really stay true to whatever theme I’m going for. One day I might have pin straight hair, a gold headpiece, a Free People dress and moccasins. The next day I’ll have teased hair, a tailored blouse, pearls, and a red-lip. I absolutely love mixing it up and trying new styles.
-What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
a destroyed denim vest. Because I’m always in workout clothes at my job, I love fun accessories and add-ons that spice up the typical lululemon pants and tank. The denim vest adds an awesome edginess without any effort! It also looks great over a a sun-dress to bring a bit of bad-ass to an otherwise basic girly look.
-What is one thing that people would be surprised to hear?
I don’t like lace! I don’t know if that’s surprising, but for such a classic material, I just don’t understand how its stood up to the test of time. I hate it!
-Is there someone out there who inspires you fashion-wise?
Olivia Culpo – She was Miss Rhode Island, then Miss USA, then Miss Universe. She went to BU and I’ve followed her success since the beginning! I don’t know her personally but I wish I did:) She’s got a great instagram account and AWESOME taste in clothing. She chooses a look and goes all-out for it. she nails everything from the handbag to the hairdo..and isn’t afraid to take risks!
-What is your favorite product from UsTrendy?
The Basic Fitted Black Crop Top – you NEED one of these in your wardrobe!
-What trend do you hope stays around forever or makes a comeback?
I hope boyfriend jeans stay around forever. HELLO comfort!
-Where do you like to travel?
I don’t do it enough! As a business owner its very difficult for me to get away for an extended period of time so international travel is next to impossible at the moment. But I LOVE traveling around the US, there is so much to see and do in this country and its so easy. I love vacation towns in New England, theres something magical about places like Montauk, Nantucket, Cape Cod, etc. You can just feel the carefree spirit in the air:)
-What is the one thing you couldn’t live without?
My dog! I have a 6 month old Yellow Lab named Brett and he’s my best friend:) He comes to work with me, we run errands together, and he’s of course – a great snuggle buddy.
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