DIXON – Sierra Wiseman got a taste of an appealing healthy lifestyle option early in her working career, and now she and her twin sister, Skyler, have brought that to Dixon.
The Wisemans, 2012 Dixon High School graduates, are owners of the Twin Blend Boutique Fitness Bar, located at 116 E. First St. in Dixon. It opened for business Oct. 1.
Skyler is a nurse at KSB Hospital, while Sierra, after graduating from Illinois State in 2016, spent 4 years working for the Hon Company – 2 years in Philadelphia and 2 years in New York City. She worked with designers and sold office furniture.
When not working, she stayed in shape by going to places where she could work out and eat healthy. After returning to Dixon in July, the sisters decided the time was right to open that kind of place.
“I grew up in Dixon and I lived on the East Coast for the last 4 years, and it just became a big part of my life,” Sierra said. “When COVID hit and I realized I wanted to come back home and leave New York, I really wanted the opportunity to still have everything that I always had, which has been the juicing, the spin classes and a one-stop shop to be healthy.”
The front part of building is the bar, where a variety of healthy food options are available. Favorites include smoothie bowls, smoothie cups and fresh-pressed juices.
“A lot of people wanted organic options in Dixon, because there isn’t a whole lot,” Skyler said. “We want it to be natural, and obviously fruit has the natural sugars. We’re not adding anything in. We don’t have syrups. We don’t have anything extra. What you see is what you get.
“People can stand right here if they really want to, once COVID is over, and watch us, which is a cool experience, I think. People like to see how their food is made.”
The back of the building is the physical fitness area, with a focus on group classes. Indoor cycling, or spinning, is the main attraction, with classes every day, and Saturday being the busiest day. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), yoga, and sculpting and core are also offered.
Stages, a company that specializes in indoor cycling, is the provider of the cycling equipment and can tailor specific programs for individuals.
“For people that are into biking and looking for a place to be in the winter without having to spend money on a trainer, it’s a win-win,” Sierra said.
The Wisemans stressed they had no hesitation opening their business amid the COVID-19 pandemic. They are taking all the proper precautions, such as wiping everything down, requiring masks and no inside eating. Having healthy options is their goal.
“Part of the pandemic has really shown how important it is to stay physically fit and keep mentally strong,” Sierra said. “Having a healthy diet and somewhere you can go to work out that is focused on staying clean and safe I think is important. A lot of people don’t have the means to have that in their home.”
Twin Blend Boutique Fitness Bar is open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday; from 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday; and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. It is closed on Sunday.