When Cori Friar began thinking about opening her own fitness studio, a friend in real estate began taking her to potential locations which is when she found the building at 820 Monroe. It was a completely empty space in a 616 Development building, located in a vibrant, up-and-coming area of Grand Rapids – just the right fit for what Cori was looking for. 616 Development introduced her to First Companies and recommended us to complete the build-out of her 1,000 square foot space. Cori’s goal was to create a boutique/chic look that blended well with the original beams and industrial elements of the building – a look that is unique and sets her business apart. The work took 6 weeks to complete and included a new storefront entrance, removal of one wall and installing the electrical and mechanical systems.
First Companies met with Cori to gather her ideas and vision for the space. We then came up with the design and plans to bring her vision to life, including location and function of the lighting, barres, mirrors, etc.
“My experience working with First Companies was great! They captured my vision for the space perfectly and brought it to life. The project was completed on time and within my budget. I must admit there were times I felt all my questions might be annoying, but as a new business owner I had never done anything like this and needed some extra help and assurance. The First Companies team was so good and patient. Whenever I had questions or needed assistance, my project manager always got back to me quickly and addressed all of my needs and concerns. They were so professional and accommodating, and assured me I had nothing to worry about.”
Cori Friar, Owner, Beer City Barre