Blue Heron Wellness will permanently close on April 15, according to an announcement posted on the studio’s website.
The yoga, massage, and acupuncture studio, located in the Shoppes of Burnt Mills on Columbia Pike in Silver Spring, cited “the unsustainable and unfortunate outcome of long-haul COVID economics” as the reason for the closure.
“After 15 years of being part of the wellness community, we are saddened by the news that will likely be as difficult to hear as it is to share about the post-COVID future of Blue Heron Wellness,” the announcement reads. “The pandemic has created a new normal with new realities that impact us all in different ways. So too, Blue Heron Wellness has been sharply impacted by the unsustainable and unfortunate outcome of long-haul COVID economics.
“Challenges include unpredictable, ongoing operational disruptions out of our control exacerbated by post-pandemic staffing shortages. Despite our best efforts, this convergence ignited the worst perfect storm for a business in the wellness community.
“Since the pandemic, it became difficult to continue to provide the level and quality of service essential to our mission as we have in the past. We probed every option, adjustment, and possibility that would allow us to maintain our standards of personal care. But it became clear we could not put our mission at risk trying to sustain the unsustainable. So, we have made the decision to discontinue services at Blue Heron Wellness on April 15, 2022.
“Practitioners and teachers will be available to provide services and classes to our Blue Heron Wellness community until April 15th and we will continue to provide updates as needed.
“We have made arrangements with a local wellness center and a yoga studio to welcome our Blue Heron Wellness clients, students, and staff after April 15th.
“Awaken Wellness in Columbia owned by Jennifer Stukey, an Acupuncturist formerly with Blue Heron Wellness will honor your active massage and acupuncture packages. Grace Studios in Silver Spring, owned by Lenore Baker and Michelle Radecki, will honor your yoga passcards.
“We will create a page on our website to provide professional contact information for our staff so that clients and practitioners may maintain the relationship they have established over the years. If you have any questions regarding the transition, please email us at [email protected].
“Thank you for your understanding and your patience at this time and thank you for being part of what made this Blue Heron Wellness journey so special.
“Thank you. Please know that it has been our honor and our pleasure to have served you and gotten to know you over the years.”
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