Locally owned Health House, with two locations in the metro area, now plans to open in Prairie Village.
Founders Jon and Melanie Knopke are taking a nearly 5,000-square-foot space at 3924 W. 69th Terrace. Tiffany Town had formerly operated in the space.
After a major renovation, the Knopkes plan to open Health House on Sept. 1.
Jon Knopke grew up in Kansas City (graduating from Rockhurst University) and later moved to Chicago. He worked at high-end center Equinox Fitness for six years before moving back to Kansas City to rebrand a distressed Lenexa fitness center so the owners could sell it. But he knew he would one day open a rowing-only center for a workout that is “efficient, low-impact and results-driven,” he said.
So three years later, the couple opened the first Health House, a 2,000-square-foot center at 8029 State Line Road. In September, they added a 4,000-square-foot location in Leawood’s Town Center Plaza.
“We do muscle-specific training in conjunction with high-intensity cardio with our signature water rower. And 45 minutes later, you have burned up to 1,000 calories and you feel really good,” said Jon Knopke. “It is intense, it is challenging.”
The new Prairie Village location will be large enough for a day care center and a T.Loft, which will do a limited menu — custom protein shakes, smoothies, coffee, juices and high-protein snacks. T.Loft also has a location near the Health House on State Line, as well as cafes on the Country Club Plaza, Leawood’s Park Place and in Lawrence.
Dimensional Innovations in Overland Park is creating a digital platform so members can track such data as how many calories they are burning, how many meters they are rowing, and their speed and stroke rate.
A video wall in the rowing room will display high-quality imagery of flowing water that changes based on the group’s performance.
“This community rallies behind people who are local, Kansas City is really unique in that regard. Then the rent rate, just operating a business, is far less here,” he said.
The Knopkes plan to open a Chicago location in early 2018.
Tiffany Town closed in January after 52 years in the center. It offered a wide selection of Hallmark cards as well as wrapping paper and bows, jewelry, candles, T-shirts, photo albums and toys.