The Zen Box
The Zen Box is locally owned and operated by fellow yoga enthusiast, Kate Stoefen.
We had an awesome opportunity to get to know her and learn about her business!
THE ZEN BOX is dedicated to improving total health, well-being, quality of life, and building community. Our programs and services enhance fitness, uplift hearts, deepen spiritual connection, and foster positive change. We offer a broad range of yoga styles including; Buti Yoga, Candlelight Flow, Core and More, Dance Fit, Hatha Yoga, Restorative, Vinyasa, Yoga Basics.
As owner of THE ZEN BOX, Kate truly believes that yoga has a wealth of benefits to offer and is excited to help build a community of students looking to become “yoga strong” in mind, body and spirit.
What inspired you to start up your own local business?
I’ve worked in sales for large corporate retailers most of my life, therefore wanted to utilize my strengths as a yoga instructor and former business development manager. I really want to go to work each day and personally know my customers, impact their lives, and see the daily benefits gained through the services my team provides. I had dreams of opening my own yoga studio one day, just never imagined it would happen so soon. I think I would have regretted not taking advantage of the opportunity to turn my dream into reality.
What sparked the specific idea behind The Zen Box?
Aberrant Crossfit gym in Eldridge was building a new facility and expanding to include additional studio space. I was approached by them and asked if I had interest in opening my own yoga studio. They were looking to find balance between the strength conditioning they offer and the stretching and flexibility offered in yoga. A crossfit gym is known as a “box” therefore decided to incorporate it into the name. Additionally, I wanted the vibe to be that of a full mind, body, and soul experience and decided to use the word Zen. It just came together from there.
Your small business is definitely unique. What do you, personally, think makes it most unique to the Quad Cities Area?
My studio is different from many you see in the area. We have a few amenities others do not offer including onsite childcare, 7 full individual restrooms with showers, and a 2,200+ square foot yoga space allowing students to spread out comfortably. Not to mention the floor-to-ceiling garage doors we can open when the weather allows to provide an indoor class with an outdoor feeling. From a class perspective, we offer a wide variety including Yoga, Barre, Buti, and Kids Yoga.
What is your favorite part about owning and operating your own small business?
Having the ability to put your own touch on the environment and experiences people gain when they walk through the door. I feel blessed to be able to offer a space for the community to disengage from the hustle of everyday life and take time for themselves. You get to watch students gain confidence, build strength, and walk away feeling refreshed and more connected with their mind, body, and soul – it is very rewarding!
If the Quad Cities needed to know one thing about The Zen Box, what would it be?
The Zen Box is located in Eldridge, Iowa, just off Highway 61. Eldridge has a reputation of being “way out there” from a distance perspective from Davenport, Bettendorf, and the other surrounding communities. I encourage those who live across the QCA to make the drive and you’ll find it’s not as far as you think.
Why did you choose to pursue running your own business as opposed to working for someone else in the same industry?
It really had to do more with the timing of the opportunity. Prior to launching The Zen Box, I was fortunate enough to teach at a variety of studios and fitness facilities, as well as take classes at many others. You see things at each location you love and things you wish you could improve. Being able to combine that knowledge and experience is very rewarding when you hear from students how much they love taking classes at your studio. For example, we do not have mirrors in our studio and I ask my instructors to face their students when teaching. This is different from most and we find people like it. Trust me, it has not been easy, but I have been surrounded by a great team of instructors and volunteers for which I am extremely thankful.
What is your favorite part about being located in the Quad Cities?
I love the midwestern values and sense of community found in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. I’ve witnessed a growing acceptance of yoga in people’s daily life over the last several years. Being only minutes from Davenport, we have a unique setting with country views. When the weather permits and we open the doors, the atmosphere is pretty amazing. I consider us the “Miller Park” of yoga studios in the QCA – doors opened or closed, you will have a great experience.
How long has your business been running?
I have been open since June 1, 2018.
What are your hopes/vision of The Zen Box for the future?
I want The Zen Box to be top of mind to those with busy lifestyles who value a balance in their mind, body, and soul. By offering our unique amenities, we feel we can grow this community and give someone at least an hour of their day to themselves – we all need that ability to hit the reset button and clear our minds of the daily grind we live.
Is there anything you would like to see more of in the QC?
I’d like to see more yoga offered in schools and workplaces. Employers should consider expanding benefits to include gym and yoga studio memberships. Mental health is such an important aspect of our lives, yet we struggle to find the time to manage stress and give back to ourselves on a regular basis. I’ve heard of some companies assisting with the cost of memberships, while others will take it a step further and allow employees flexible schedules to attend classes.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
We’d love to welcome you to The Zen Box Community. Keep an eye out for special events we hold at the studio. For the month of February we will be running a “Share the Love” promotion and encourage all current and new members to take part and earn cash. Visit our website for more details – www.thezenboxiowa.com
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Thank you so much, Kate, for giving us the opportunity to get to know you and your business a little better! We wish you the best of luck in the future and can’t wait to see you and your business continue to flourish!
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