The Radar: Another City, Another Pure Barre

Pure Barre Redmond Teacher Hannah during a busy Thursday morning at Pure Barre Redmond

The Sweeney team strikes again–this time in Redmond. The sixth local Pure Barre studio opened its doors this October in the Red160 apartments in downtown Redmond and joined Super Jock N’ Jill, Rudy’s Barbershop, Top Pot Doughnuts and more local businesses with Eastside offshoots.

Pure Barre Redmond
Teacher Hannah during a busy Thursday morning at Pure Barre Redmond


Redmond is the third Pure Barre studio to open in Seattle-Eastside just this year and the location was chosen for several reasons. Most notably its high activity–full of bike trails, runners and Marymoor Park plus the city’s focus on revitalization, says Sami Sweeney, co-owner of Pure Barre Washington and master teacher trainer.

It was only a matter of time that a Pure Barre studio made it here. The Bar Method, another barre player, has been in Redmond Town Center since 2009. And while The Bar Method has expanded to just one other studio in South Lake Union, Pure Barre has somehow engulfed the entire Western Washington area with several studios in Seattle and now two on the Eastside, Bellevue and Redmond. To say Pure Barre Washington is hitting its strides is an understatement. A combination of perfect planning and pleasant personalities from owners Sami and Brandon Sweeney have made Pure Barre the creme de la creme of barre studios around here with a certain Seattle Seahawks quarterback and well-known FOX College Sports anchor recently coming in for a lift, tone, burn.

The 1,900 square feet Pure Barre Redmond space is a beaut. Depending which way you come through Redmond, you might miss the door front amid the construction cranes and one-way streets surrounding the lively area where the studio is located. But the giant red Pure Barre logo planted in a window on the mid-rise building is unmistakable (in case you’re still wondering, the studio is located next to Zeek’s Pizza).

My visit to Pure Barre Redmond was met with crisp winter sunlight coming through the studio windows and cool high-tech storage lockers–unfamiliar and upgraded elements from my usual go-to studios (Pure Barre Bellevue and Pure Barre Queen Anne). Katie Kelly, who I had formerly known as my beautifully happy Saturday morning teacher at Pure Barre Bellevue, greeted me as the now-studio manager of Redmond as I meandered in from the street. From there, it was burning (and shaking…and trying not to pass out) as usual in the Sami-instructed class.

Despite the growth, Pure Barre Washington continues to maintain its community-driven, student-focused, family-feeling style thanks to its down-to-earth owners and incredible teachers. Another city down, a hundred cities to go? Where do you think the next Pure Barre Washington location should be?

The official FREE Pure Barre Redmond Grand Opening barre-ty takes place Friday, January 16, 2015 from 6 – 9 PM and will feature light refreshments, Homegrown sandwiches, dessert from Flying Apron and a live DJ–plus giveaways and a special grand opening class punch card deal. More details here.

Pure Barre Redmond | 16015 Cleveland Street, Redmond, WA | (425) 658-3915