BLDC, BPDA Celebrate Row House Grand Opening Event at Lovejoy Wharf

This past week, the Boston Local Development Corporation (BLDC), along with East Boston Savings Bank, Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), and the Massachusetts Small Business Administration (SBA) joined together with Gyee O’Malley to celebrate the opening of Row House, a new Woman/Minority owned fitness studio located at 25 Lovejoy Wharf near Boston’s North Station.

The BLDC is proud to work with partners like East Boston Savings Bank to provide financing for new and expanding Boston businesses that create quality jobs. In this case, our partnership helped an immigrant minority woman entrepreneur achieve a dream.

Gyee O’Malley moved to the United States during her junior year in college, graduated, and went to work in the oil and gas industry. However, she had a different long term goal. When Gyee was 9 years old, her mother opened a fitness studio in her native Malaysia that recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. Seeing her mother accomplish this in a time and place where woman business ownership was rare inspired Gyee to start her own business. Row House is the realization of that dream.

Row House, owned by Gyee O’Malley, and her husband Robert, is part of a nationwide fitness franchise that offers a 45-minute full body cardio coach-led workout on indoor rowers. Row House Boston provides classes designed by fitness professional and rowers, and led by a certified coach who goes through rigorous classroom and studio training at the Row House University. Row House’s location on the Charles River, site of the Head of the Charles Regatta, is the perfect location to motivate rowers of all skill levels.

On hand at the event to congratulate Gyee were East Boston Savings Banks’s President and CEO Dick Gavegnano, along with Frank Romano, Jeff Dickinson, Luisa Coppola and Josefina Silva from East Boston Savings. Josefina is also a Member of the BLDC Board of Trustees. BLDC Board Member and BPDA General Counsel Renee LeFevre was also in attendance.

Bob Nelson and Norman Eng from the SBA were there for the event and BPDA Staff members Linda Qian and Gisella Soriano along with BLDC Treasurer Bob Luisi and BLDC General Manager Bill Nickerson helped the celebration.

The BLDC is a private 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation governed by an independent Board of Trustees. The day to day operation of the program is provided by the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s financial services department.