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Dayton’s Not Dead: Space Three Fitness Boutique

Space Three | Photo by Kelsie Tomlinson | The Wright State Guardian

Space Three Fitness Boutique promises to be a “third space” away from work and school for students interested in fitness.

How it came to be

Lindsey Deck, full-time attorney, mom and small business owner, lived in the Dayton area for most of her life before deciding to start a fitness boutique. Deck says the resurgence of small businesses opening in downtown Dayton inspired her to open the fitness studio she always dreamed of. 

“It was something I had wanted to do for about 10 years. I was a member of a gym in law school and it was just a place that I really enjoyed being, and I remember thinking when I was 25 years old that it would be so fun to own my own studio,” Deck said.

With the help of her father, an entrepreneur himself, Deck selected and renovated the building in downtown Dayton that has become Space Three, named for a space that is neither a home nor a workplace meant for recharging and relaxation. 

Space Three closed down in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is now almost back in full swing with smaller class sizes and options for all fitness levels and abilities.


The studio manager, Lisa Gillies, and the team of instructors strive to make Space Three an inclusive place for different fitness levels. 

“We have a variety of classes of Space Three that would all be well-liked by university students. It depends on their preference of exercise. We offer cardio, dance, strength training, toning and sculpting class,” Gillies said.

Gillies class is a combination of ballet, strength and flexibility combined into a cardio format without jumping or impact on the joints.

A single class pass is $16 and an annual pass can go up to $1,200. Freshman Heidi Raber finds the price would be too large a commitment to do annually, but theorizes Space Three’s all-female staff would make her more willing to try it.

“I really like that all the instructors are female. I usually feel pretty uncomfortable with a male exercise instructor,” Raber said.

Space Three is open to anyone. There is a small kids area for individuals with children and all classes are adapted to what a class participant can do.

“We really do cater to everyone and everybody and every fitness level, regardless of whether it’s your first class or your 100th class,” Deck said.

Space Three is located on S. Saint Clair Street in Downtown Dayton. To learn more about Space Three, visit their website here.

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