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Solstice yoga studio opens in Decatur, offers babysitting


Solstice yoga studio opens in Decatur, offers babysitting


A new yoga studio is offering babysitting to moms who want someone to watch their kids during class.

Solstice Urban Retreat officially opened in April at 302 E. Howard Ave. across from the Kimball House restaurant. The studio is 3,100 square feet. The co-owners of the business are Kristen Mercado and Kristen Moore. (Side note: Moore’s husband and brother-in-law are the owners of Old Fourth Distillery in Atlanta.)

There are several yoga studios and schools in Decatur, but Mercado thinks her studio will appeal to families and stay at home moms. Decatur has a lot of families, she noted.

“The biggest thing that sets us apart is we have babysitting,” Mercado said.

Mercado said she doesn’t know of any other yoga studios in Decatur that offer it, and none of the websites of the other studios in town advertise this service. Mercado said babysitting costs $7 an hour or $60 for 10 hours. They will look after kids as young as six weeks. Solstice employs different babysitters on site, including Agnes Scott College students, Mercado said.

Moore said they were going for a “support the woman as a whole kind of thing.”

“Being and a mom and a woman is hard and to know that other people understand you is kind of a cool thing,” Moore said.

Solstice offers a variety of classes, including workouts based around a ballet barre. That will also be offered at another fitness studio in Decatur, Pure Barre.

According to a company spokesperson, Pure Barre will be releasing its grand opening date information this week. That studio will be located in the former Seen Gallery space at 415 Church Street.