LOCAL PROFILES - Allison Vernon-Thompson & Frederick Thompson - Tribeca Health & Fitness (3.19.18)
In case you haven't heard, Tribeca Health & Fitness is under new ownership! We spoke to the new owners, husband & wife team Allison Vernon-Thompson & Frederick Thompson, to learn more about how they plan on evolving the venue...
Congratulations! You're the new owners of Tribeca Health & Fitness. What made you decide to invest in it?
My husband and I have worked in the Tribeca neighborhood with our Tribeca Trainer coaching company for 11 years, 8 of which we ran our business primarily out of THF. We had always thought that THF would be an amazing trainer’s gym. The opportunity came up for us to purchase THF so we jumped on it. Our vision is to create a neighborhood gym where people feel they can come workout or train with a personal trainer and really be themselves. No pretentiousness just real people getting real results.
What's it like being a business owner below Canal Street?
Exciting! We are so grateful to be in this busy thriving area of NYC.
How has the neighborhood impacted the future of the business?
We have always felt supported by the community here. Our original coaching business grew strictly through word of mouth. We’ve always felt like Tribeca was a small town within this big city and we love being a part of it.
What should locals know about Tribeca Health & Fitness?
We are new owners with a new attitude. It is our goal is to be an approachable, down-to-earth spot. You don’t have to be a member in order to workout with your trainer here. You can pop over any time to try us out. Lastly, an interesting fact is that we are the largest family owned gym in lower manhattan and located in one of the first iron-facade buildings in NYC; the Cary Building.
What's coming up for Tribeca Health & Fitness in 2018?
2018 is the makeover year! The gym has been around for a long time! We are working diligently to rebrand and create a new vibe. 2018 is the makeover year!
What are your favorite local spots?
Laughing Man Coffee and hanging out at Duane Park. I love the water walk in Battery Park City. As soon as the weather gets nice you can find me going for a walk over there for some fresh air. We love to be outside! We just started taking dance lessons over at Fred Astaire with Artur and Sveta. They are such good people and make the lessons so fun. Lastly, I have a weakness for Sun & Bloom cookie sandwiches. Oh man! Delicious. If you haven’t tried it yet, don’t do it! Pop over there and just get a yummy wrap instead.