Blake Armentano has always had an entrepreneurial spirit – he created his own clothing line at age 13, selling his items mostly to family members and friends.
On Saturday, though, the 20-year-old University of Delaware junior took his business skills to the next level when he opened a spin studio on South Main Street.
The indoor cycling gym, Oh-So Cycle, is the first tenant in South Main Plaza, a mixed-use complex containing 19,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor and 36 apartments on the upper floors.
Armentano said that while there is a spin studio on campus, there are no dedicated, private facilities in Newark.
“I felt there was a gap in the market here,” he said.
Oh-So Cycle will employ six instructors, including Armentano. Half are UD students.
The gym will offer three classes each day, with each one accommodating up to 30 people, as well as free-ride periods in between classes.
The business is mainly targeted toward students, though non-students can join if they’re willing to pay a higher price. Students will pay $18 per class or $85 for unlimited monthly access, while non-students will pay $22 or $110.
Armentano said he hopes to create a community of people interested in indoor cycling.
“It’s a place members can come to connect with like-minded people,” he said.
Armentano said Oh-So Cycle combines his two passions – business and cycling.
The entrepreneurship major, who comes from a family of business owners, credited his professors and UD’s Horn Program in Entrepreneurship for giving him advice and introducing him to the right people.
“I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the connections I made,” he said.