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Weekly BUZZ – Exercise at the Mill

Exercise at the Mill?
Yes, we will now be offering all kinds of exercise and wellness classes and ‘one on one’ sessions here at the mill down in Joanie’s old Lotus Fire Yoga space (she’s up on the main floor of the Rodman Bldg. now).  Check out our new Facebook page for ‘Pause…’ here.  We picked ‘Pause…’ as the name because that’s exactly what we’re hoping you’ll all do…take a 1/2 hour or more to just ‘pause’ and recharge your battery with a Kettlebell class or maybe some Pilates or Yoga.  It’s basically a ‘pop up’ for July and August and the hope is that a core group of the practitioners will take over and create a more permanent health, wellness & exercise space there. Check out the Facebook page for class times. Come on by!

Lunch & Learn:

We are taking a short break to line up a stellar new series of interesting & educational business development presentations for you all.  Richard Austin of Speaking of Success, the Hiver leading the Lunch & Learn program, is working on a Food Truck Thursday program to begin when we start up again…we are shooting for the beginning of August.  Stay tuned but in the meantime, check out his next Total Exposure Networking (T.E.N.) event here.  And, in lieu of our Lunch & Learn program, we’re hosting a great informational event here on Thursday, July 14th.  10,000 Small Businesses is a fantastic program designed by Babson College and hosted here in RI by CCRI.  Check out the invitation and share the event with any of your colleagues that you think might be interested. RSVPs may be sent to Tuni by July 11th at tuni@trsstrategies.com.


If you’ve been thinking about joining our community…now is the time as we are offering a really great special – sign a lease by 9/1 and get your first month’s rent FREE! Reach out to: tuni@trsstrategies.com or call 401-255-7413.  Here’s a list of available spaces open or opening up soon within the mill.  There’s a video on this page that shows the 3rd floor that will be ready in July…wait for it!


The Mill at Lafayette blog this week really talks about what The Hive RI is all about.  It’s a repurposed article from 3 years ago that was featured in the RI Small Business Journal and that our Hiver, Amy Fields of Hub Digital Mktg. pushed out this week on her website/email.  It was written originally by me, Tuni Schartner/co-founder here at The Hive…it’s fun to read it now, to see how far we’ve come in 3 years but to also know we’re still hyper focused on building an organic sustainable community based economy here. We continue to grow and are home to so many dynamic and innovative companies and entrepreneurs!

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Michelle Gradus Parenteau’s Soul Awakening Art Show is still up in The Hive’s space and if you missed the open house…have no fear!  We recommend self-guided tours anytime during regular coworking hours (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00) and if you are interested in purchasing any artwork within our gallery – please email tuni@trsstrategies.com

Looking for a professional space to settle in and get some serious work done?  The Hive RI and the Mill at Lafayette have very affordable options, from open coworking space(s), to individual offices of differing sizes, to a private conference room, or you can even reserve the larger space(s) for your own events, presentations or workshops! 

Mill At Lafayette Community Spotlight, Inaugural Edition

Welcome to the first edition of our Community Spotlight. Each month we will showcase one of our superstar tenants so that you can learn more about what they do, who they are, and what they love!

Today the spotlight shines on North Kingstown resident Joanie Flavin. Joanie is the owner of Lotus Fire Yoga and Healing, located on the main level of the Mill. Joanie chose to base her business at the Mill because it is her community and she has raised her twin daughters here for over 13 years. She has been a part of the Mill At Lafayette since 2002 and has enjoyed watching the historic location grow over the years. “The mill has a modern feel for business and offers a great place to do good work. It is small enough to feel personal yet big enough for the diversity of businesses. I am inspired by the feel of hardworking people from many walks of life that are working their passion. Tuni has created a niche in the community that links us all and allows for a friendly work environment.” She also loves the historical vibe of this unique, dynamic working mill community. “The natural elements of the building are very conducive to healing work.” And Joanie knows about healing work!

“I have been in the field of yoga for 17 years and a studio owner since 2006. I have been a Thai yoga massage therapist for ten years, as well. My inspiration is in the healing arts through the ancient teaching of both private yoga and Thai Therapy. I have made it a study of movement and how it affects the wellbeing of the body and the mind. This link between the physical and emotional body affects our health and lifestyle.”

Joanie is endlessly inspired by her work. “There are many nuances to the mind/body connection. Due to my experience and study, I have become more in tune with this and can help others find their own deeper well being. I feel a purpose to this work that authentically helps people. Supporting people’s healing is important to me. To help be a guide to on finding their own inner peace and work with their unique blueprint, life experiences, and inner work.”

Joanie is pleased to offer you 15% off first time services that she offers. Simply email Lotusfire1@verizon.net to take advantage of this offer and mention that you read our Mill At Lafayette Community Spotlight.

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