Q&A with Press Cafe x Yoga
People have been buzzing about this combination cafe and hot yoga studio since it opened a few months ago.
Brady Ballew and Claire Spears
At Press Cafe x Yoga, they like their coffee and their yoga hot. People have been buzzing about this combination cafe and hot yoga studio since it opened a few months ago.
Claire Spears and Brady Ballew’s idea was to create a spot to knock out the morning email in the cafe, jump into a hot vinyasa flow class and then grab a coffee when heading out the door. The couple created a community hot spot in more ways than one.
Topeca coffee, along with beer, wine and smoothies, is served throughout the day, even when a class might be going on. The cafe is open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday-Sunday. Visit presstulsa.com for a class schedule.
We talked to Spears about getting her new business off the ground.
What inspired you to open Press Cafe x Yoga?
Brady is from Washington state and went to school in Seattle. On a trip back to visit friends, we walked into a new spot in the Capitol Hill area of Seattle. This place was a full-service cafe and cycling retail shop with a TRX gym downstairs. There were people there working, shopping, exercising and connecting with friends. As we came back to Tulsa, we couldn’t help but notice that there is nothing in the multi-purpose business space. Especially downtown, where there are so many interesting, repurposed buildings, we thought that a dual-concept style business would work. I’m a yoga teacher, and we both have a fascination with coffee shop and cafe culture. It’s something we became obsessed with as we spent time in Cambridge (England) as I completed a master’s degree and Brady played professional soccer.
So it was natural for us to combine yoga and the cafe, as they are both communal, both social, both so full of life. Tulsa is becoming more interested in how health plays into lifestyle culture, and we wanted to be a part of it here. The city has always felt so communal to us.
What do Tulsans think of it so far?
Tulsans are ready for new concepts. And Tulsans love young people getting involved in the community and culture sector. We’ve had a truly amazing and humbling response thus far. Each day we meet new people who are choosing to do life at Press, be that morning emails, a coffee date, a first date, their 100th yoga class or their first time to workout in months.
What’s the main focus of Press — the yoga or the coffee?
Our concept was always a dual-purpose, equally intentioned business. Some people will know us only as a cafe, some only as a yoga studio. What we get really excited about is the crossover, because that is where the lifestyle piece happens: yogis who stay and connect after class, or cafe people who step into the hot room and try something totally out of their comfort zone. Thus far, we’ve seen an almost equal split between hot yoga and coffee traffic.
Press Cafe x Yoga
205 E Archer St. | (539) 664-4651