On Sept. 7, 2007, Shannon lost her 13-year-old son Nick to cancer.
“He was such a joyful child,” Shannon said. “He had a happy spirit… he loved to laugh and he loved life.”
Shannon, her daughter Alex and Nick were the self-proclaimed Three Musketeers before Nick passed away.
Alex and her mother worked well together as they shared Nick’s final days.
Now, they are working together again, thanks to the memory of Nick.
“He wanted to make sure we live our dreams,” Shannon said.
So Shannon did. The result is The Studio, a yoga, massage and dance studio in historic downtown Georgetown.
The Studio, which opened Feb. 1, is owned by Shannon and Alex.
“We are the co-creators and co-visionaries,” Shannon said, adding that working with her daughter is “absolutely awesome.”
Shannon has always been physically active so opening a yoga, zumba and ballet facility seemed natural.
Alex, who has taken dance since she was 4-years-old, is teaching ballet classes for kids. She is also the zumba instructor.
Mary Dunn is the in-house masseuse, and there are three yoga teachers.
Shannon and Alex will be certified to teach yoga in June and plan on conducting yoga classes for kids.
The building itself is a historic two-story house built in the 1920s and renovated in 2007.
The downstairs hosts a yoga studio, a kitchen where complimentary tea and coffee are served, and a boutique that carries merchandise from local artists.
Upstairs is the Princess Alex studio with changing nooks, featuring dress-up clothes such as tutus, tiaras and magic wands.
Also upstairs are a massage room, a chill lounge with Wi-Fi and a party room for children and teen birthday parties.
While Shannon transitions from cable career to Studio owner, Alex teaches classes and “holds down the fort.”
Working with Alex is “a blast,” Shannon said, and both women recognize Nick as their ultimate inspiration.
“We are better people to have known him and to be with him for those 13 years than not knowing him at all,” Shannon said.