Sisters Make Athletic Club a Family Affair

Starting their own business has been a family affair for Gardner sisters Connie Mayberry Green and Susan Pearce Glover and their parents.

Green and Glover, who operate the Gardner Athletic Club, have been in business at 214 E. Main St. for the last six months.

Of the club, Green said, “We are a full-service, 24-hour access gym with a smoothie and coffee bar. We offer personalized service to our customers, and treat each of them as if they are the one and only. We offer towel and water service and locker rooms with showers and lockers.”

She said the gym also features new Cybex fitness equipment with cardio theater.

“Our personal trainer is top of the line,” she added, “and he offers personalized workouts and nutritional counseling.”

“Our club is unique,” she said, “because we offer protein shakes, which are actually very good to replenish the body after a good workout. Along with the shakes, we offer many coffee drinks, fruit smoothies and chai teas.

“We are one of the cleanest, friendliest gyms you will ever find, and the customers we have are all very proud to say that they are members of GAC,” she commented.

Green said she and Glover, the daughters of Donna and Larry Pearce, were born and bred in Gardner, and all three families still call the family farm home.

“Gardner is such a great community to raise a family in,” she said.

Green’s first husband is the late Dan Mayberry, and the couple has two daughters, Alissa, 25, and Summer, 22. Now married to David Green, Connie also has a 15-year-old stepson, Logan. Glover and her husband, Montez, are the proud parents of a 6-year-old son, Garrett.

Of the gym’s location, she said, “Our great-uncle built this building in 1915 and now it is back in our family.

“The Pearces were one of the first five families to settle in Gardner in the mid 1800s,” Green said, “and our parents have (done) business in town since the ’70s.”

She said she and Glover decided to open the Gardner Athletic Club because Glover had exercised at a similar business in Baldwin City and thought Gardner needed its own athletic club. Green had intended to open another type business, but she said she and Glover decided to create the new gym when they discovered that the downtown site would be available.

Green and Glover began planning for their new business in 2004, and their father bought the building in April 2005. Pearce also did all the interior finish to transform the structure into an athletic club.

“Our parents really helped get it (the business) going,” Green said.

She also said, “We are very proud to be business owners in such a great community. (Gardner) still has the small-town feel, so that everyone who comes in feels like they are your neighbor or friend.

“It’s wonderful to be in the community where you grew up, to see the people you have known all your lives, and then to meet so many new people,” she said.

To learn more about the Gardner Athletic Club, call (913) 856-4223.

Written by Judy Southard | The Olathe News | Week of July 13-19, 2006

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