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Hot yoga, other retail coming to Lakeside Village

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The owner of Lagree Fitness also is opening I Am Hot Yoga Windermere in the upcoming building.
by: Danielle Hendrix Former Associate Editor

Those who live near Lakeside Village soon will be able to enjoy a hot yoga studio and other new businesses close to home.

A new retail building, located at 11620 Lakeside Village Lane, has been in the works for a little more than a year now, according to Orange County documents. 

According to development plans, owner/developer Devin Hester — of Landover Windermere LLC — is building the one-story, 8,774-square-foot building on a 0.86-acre parcel. Hester declined to comment on the project.

When completed, plans show the building will host five tenants. Burton Realty Group, whose team is serving as an owner’s representative, confirmed via Facebook that all spaces have been leased but tenants have not yet been announced. 

However, Angela Lopez, owner of Lagree Fitness Windermere, confirmed she is opening a hot yoga studio in the building. It will be called I Am Hot Yoga Windermere, and she said she signed the lease more than a year ago.

“It’s a hot yoga studio, and our concept is that we really want to make it the equinox of yoga studios, very high end and a really nice environment for them to be in,” Lopez said. “We’re basically just leaving it open where it’s not just specific to traditional yoga … it’s an open environment.”

Lopez, who hails from Los Angeles, has 12 years of fitness experience and opened Lagree Fitness in Lakeside Village a couple of years ago. She envisions I Am Hot Yoga as Lagree’s sister studio.

“The plans have been in the works for a long time,” she said. “I feel that Lagree Fitness and hot yoga are the perfect marriage for longevity in your life. Coming from Los Angeles, I have an extensive history of boutique fitness and what works, and I found over the years that those two are just a perfect marriage. … It’s very low impact but very high intensity. It’s well balanced spiritually and physically to have both in your life.”

Lopez said the building should be ready this spring and she cannot wait to bring a boutique yoga studio to residents in the area.

“I think everybody’s just super excited that they’re going to have another high-end boutique fitness studio right in the area that they can just hop, skip and jump over to,” she said. “It’s close by Lagree as well, so people are really excited about being able to go to one and maybe just walk over to the other one afterward, because that’s the combo.

“I’m most looking forward to giving the community a special haven, a sanctuary for them to heal,” she said. “That’s what I’m looking forward to the most, the change it’s going to bring to people’s lives.”

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Danielle Hendrix was an associate editor for the West Orange Times & Observer, Southwest Orange Observer and OrangeObserver.com.

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