Having recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, Attraction stopped by Hearthstone Health + Fitness on August 10 to get caught up. Nothing prepared us for the metamorphosis currently taking shape. President Dave Tuthill was on his way, that day, to purchase a building on Commerce Drive in Easton, setting off a flurry of activity. It is projected that Hearthstone will relocate there, bigger and better than ever, in January 2018.
As entrepreneurs with no gym ownership experience, Dave and his wife and business partner Martha Tuthill, have been so successful that they have outgrown their current space. The new facility will have 17,000 square feet of dedicated client space, up from the current 5,000. Locker rooms will double in size and include steam rooms and a massage room. Cardio equipment will increase by 40% and there will be 25 new pieces of strength training equipment. The new strength training area will be the size of the current Hearthstone gym – as in the whole thing!
And the list of new amenities goes on. There will be a business office for those who can’t quite leave the office during a workout. There will be a Café for juice, protein shakes, coffee and their custom line of meals-to-go. Daycare will be available to members during their workouts. The group training room will triple in size, enabling them to bring new and exciting training methods to the county.
But, to Dave, maybe the most exciting aspect of moving to a 30,000 square foot building is … indoor golf. Hearthstone Golf will be making its debut in the new year and Dave is planning an inaugural party. Try playing one of the world’s 50 best golf courses and never set foot out of Hearthstone. Four people can play a round of golf in just 90 minutes – 90 Minutes! Players use their own clubs and can play with signature Hearthstone balls. Three PGA and LPGA golf professionals will be on hand to provide instruction. The indoor putting green will be contoured and given a Stimp rating of a 10. The green contours can be changed as members get too used to one layout. Driving mats detect weight distribution so one knows what is happening with his or her swing and high-definition video cameras will record every aspect of the player’s swing and ball trajectory.
“It’s a great way to combine physical fitness and golf and bring it all together,” said Dave. “Indoor golf requires a lot of strength and flexibility. It’s a lot of swinging in 90 minutes.” Dave hopes local businesses will avail themselves of this facility. “It will be an awesome way for businesses to hold team-building exercises,” Dave says. “Everyone can play a round, enjoy food prepared by our catering company and then debrief in our new conference room.”
One of Dave’s concerns was to keep the intimate and homey feel of Hearthstone when moving into a larger facility. “Our 600 members like our small, clean and friendly environment so we are very cognizant of keeping that atmosphere,” Dave admits. “It will not feel like a big cavern.” The design team has gone to great lengths to subdivide the space into functional areas that will keep that intimate feel.
Hearthstone’s new look will be an Industrial Urban Design and feature a combination of organic products with hi tech. Envision a pre-war New York City loft with exposed wood and steel and all the latest technology of today. “It will be a gorgeous new look for this area,” Dave admits. Expect things like reclaimed wood paneling and real wood bark on selected walls.
For someone who wanted to improve his health after a near death experience, Dave has not only improved his own health, but countless others on the Mid-Shore. And, in the process, he’s built a successful business. “It’s nice to see any business grow and thrive. I’m so proud of that,” he said. “We’ve created a real Hearthstone family here and I can’t wait to see it grow!”