Liz Wright, David Zabinski, Anya Marmuscak, Kelsey Creveling.
Photo by Obi Grant
More than 200 guests turned out to the grand opening party for RYDE Downtown, located on the first floor at downtown’s Esperson Building.
Designed by internationally acclaimed design firm Rottet Studio, the 5,107 square-feet indoor cycling studio was transformed into a nightclub for the blowout soiree. Schwinn Carbon Blue bikes were moved aside to make way for a dance floor. Adding to the vibe were the studio's built-in state-of-the-art sound and LED lighting systems, along with spins by DJ Cesar Gill.
Wine, champagne, and beer flowed as partygoers snacked on passed appetizers, fare from a mac ‘n’ cheese bar and a barbecue sandwich station, and desserts galore.
Attendees got a sneak peek at Rottet’s uber-chic design, including a color-changing sign in the entryway painted with RYDE’s signature hues of Infinite Green (indicating activity) and 88 Gray (its antidote), sleek modern locker rooms, and spacious spin studio accessed through a large sliding door with a light-locked vestibule serving as a secondary entrance, eliminating class interruptions for spin class students arriving late.
Owners and hosts for the evening, Andrew Pappas, Ashley Gooch and Lisi Garcia addressed the crowd with Gooch noting, "While we’re known for our consistency, we also understand the importance of evolving to keep things fresh and relevant for a discerning clientele. The opportunity to be on the METRORail in this burgeoning neighborhood – near offices, hotels, and points of interest – is very much part of that evolution."
The launch of RYDE Downtown marks the second locale and three-year anniversary of the locally owned RYDE, which also has a studio in the River Oaks Shopping Center on West Gray.
RYDE Downtown officially opened on Tuesday. For class schedules and details, click here.
Since launching, RYDE has donated more than $150,000 to local and national causes through special events and fundraising initiatives.
In the crowd were Saba Jawda, Sarah Jawda, Lauren Taft and Libby Cagle, Sergio Marazita, Schuyler Evans, Madeline LaRue, David Gugino, Jeffrey Chasdon Yates, Breanna Kuenstler, Taylor Chalmers, Natalie Freeman, Emily Schwabenland, and Cameron Michalski.