BREATH OF FRESH AIR

Aspen Peak - - Contents - BY TESS WEAVER STROKES

Val­ley-born “it” cou­ple Brit­tany and Colter Van Dome­len are turn­ing a yoga stu­dio into a bea­con of health.

VAL­LEY-BORN “IT” COU­PLE BRIT­TANY AND COLTER

VAN DOME­LEN ARE TURN­ING A YOGA STU­DIO INTO A BEA­CON OF HEALTH.

After they had their twins in New York City last sum­mer, Roar­ing Fork Val­ley na­tives Brit­tany and Colter Van Dome­len wasted no time bring­ing the “Van Dumplings” (as they’re known around Aspen) home to Colorado. One day, after their morn­ing rou­tine of hik­ing the Ute and get­ting cof­fee at Vic­to­ria’s, they passed by 408 South Mill Street, a 60-year-old, town-fa­vorite build­ing de­signed by Fritz Bene­dict.

“There was a lit­tle for sale sign, and after walk­ing by it sev­eral times, I re­al­ized it would be the per­fect lo­ca­tion for O2 Aspen,” says Brit­tany, 31, who had wanted to re­lo­cate the yoga and Pi­lates stu­dio she pur­chased in 2015. “As a new owner, I had new vi­sions, but a lot of those vi­sions were hard to achieve in the space I was in.” So the cou­ple bought the place, and, work­ing with Brit­tany’s father, Bill Pol­lock of Aspen’s Zone 4 Ar­chi­tects, and her in­te­rior de­signer friend Kristin Dittmar, put forth a plan: bright, mod­ern yoga and Pi­lates spa­ces with nat­u­ral light and beau­ti­ful views, 1,553 square feet of street-level re­tail space, three base­ment-floor treat­ment rooms, and a health-food café (Brit­tany has celiac dis­ease and is pas­sion­ate about nu­tri­tion)—all next to Wag­ner Park, the Pedes­trian Mall, and the Ruby Park Tran­sit Cen­ter, which serves 5 mil­lion rid­ers each year. All that foot traf­fic means a boon for health and well­ness in the val­ley, espe­cially com­ing out of the build­ing that for­merly housed Aspen’s McDon­ald’s.

Brit­tany got her start at O2 in 2011 as an as­sis­tant buyer for the stu­dio’s Cooper Street cloth­ing bou­tique. She met Colter, a part­ner at Tiger Global Man­age­ment who was re­cently named a Forbes “30 Un­der 30” in fi­nance, while on a buy­ing trip to New York. A Duke grad­u­ate who be­gan his ca­reer at Mor­gan Stan­ley and cred­its much of his suc­cess to his men­tors in Aspen, Colter loved his work. How­ever, Brit­tany no­ticed his com­plete lack of ego, con­trary to the

Wall Street cliché; she saw only a fun, lov­ing, kind man. The cou­ple quickly fell in love.

“My first im­pres­sion was that she was a beau­ti­ful, well-spo­ken, and in­tel­lec­tual per­son fo­cused on do­ing a lot with her life,” says Colter, now 30. Brit­tany moved to New York in 2013, where she worked in mar­ket­ing and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment while com­plet­ing her yoga teacher train­ing. The cou­ple was en­gaged within a year and mar­ried in Napa in 2015.

That same year, then-O2 owner Car­rie Bel­lott asked Brit­tany if she wanted to buy the stu­dio. With Colter as her busi­ness ad­vi­sor, Brit­tany took the plunge. “She’s am­bi­tious in a way that she wants to build things that mat­ter,” says Colter. Now, Brit­tany and the cou­ple’s in­fant twins split their time be­tween Aspen and New York, an­tic­i­pat­ing the new stu­dio’s Oc­to­ber open­ing, while Colter comes back as of­ten as he can. Though, in a sense, he’s al­ways here, as a sup­porter of the Aspen chap­ter of Room to Read (his mother, Robin Van Dome­len, is a chap­ter leader) and Wilder­ness Work­shop.

“It’s a three-ring circus around our house,” says Colter. “There are a lot of balls in the air. But we’ve never shied away from projects.” .

Part­ner pose: Aspen na­tives Colter and Brit­tany Van Dome­len are bring­ing yoga, health, and well­ness to the cen­ter of town, con­vert­ing a his­toric build­ing into the new O2 Aspen stu­dio.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT: O2 Aspen’s pri­vate-la­bel yoga cloth­ing line in­cludes pat­terned bra tops ($70) and leg­gings ($145); Colter and Brit­tany’s 1-year-old twins, nick­named the Van Dumplings, are a hit around town; the new O2 Aspen stu­dio will in­clude an aerial yoga space with views of the moun­tains.

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