A new place to get fit has opened in Snyder and it has a decidedly Frederick flavor.
Prather Brown Elementary School Principal Janice Crume and her son, Frederick Schools assistant football coach, head golf coach and physical education teacher Zac Crume, are co-owners of Mainstreet Muscle Gym and Fitness, 608 E St. in Snyder.
Janice Crume is a long-time resident of Snyder and while Zac Crume has lived in Frederick for the last four years.
The mother and son team saw a need for such a facility in Snyder.
“Some of the residents in Snyder drive to Lawton or Altus if they want to work out,” Janice Crume said. “We will be open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.”
One of the most difficult parts of starting a business deciding where to start.
“Mark Bobo at Bancfirst in Frederick has helped us a lot as far as getting our LLC set up,” she said. “Once we got our LLC set up, we started looking for a good building in Snyder to buy. The hardware store had gone out of business a few months ago so we looked at it and could see great potential in that building.
“We started looking for somewhere to purchase our equipment at about the same time,” she said. “We went with Second Wind out of Norman. Chris Tidwell is our sales person and has been there for us every step of the way.”
Another difficult aspect of starting a business is money.
“We have to start slowly because of finances,” she said. “This is why we decided to add equipment whenever we can.”
The partners wanted to provide a safe and friendly place for members to get healthy.
“The most important thing we can do is to listen to our members,” she said. “We want our members to let us know of any suggestions that they have and we want them to feel like the gym is theirs and take pride in it. We are open 24 hours a day and seven days a week and we will always be a work in progress adding new equipment when we can.”
Help from family and friends was critical along the way, turning the dream of a gym into a reality.
“One of the most important people who has helped us is Dennis Crume, my husband and Zac’s dad,” she said. “He has worked tirelessly and has never complained. Without him we would not be even close to opening.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Mainstreet Muscle Gym and Fitness was scheduled for 5 p.m. Feb. 25.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.