As you stroll through the Thought Design Learning Studio
(10 E. Bridge St.) in Rockford, you're immediately inspired by its inviting decor, amazing kitchen, and stunning views of the Rogue River. It's what a fitness center for the mind is meant to be, according to owner Denise VanEck and her partner, Greg Mutch.
"Learning should not be confined to a classroom. It should be fun, interesting, and experiential," VanEck says.
Since Thought Design officially opened its doors on May 31, they've invited the community to join them for interactive sessions and special events in their intimate Yoga Studio, 1,200-square-foot Culinary Studio, and 1,100-square-foot Learning Lab. A core team of five staff members, including VanEck and Mutch, are the innovators, developing courses like Grilling 101 and Cooking with Beer. A complete schedule can be found here
VanEck and Mutch will also work closely with businesses to design a custom event, a series of sessions, or a coaching strategy to increase employee engagement, elevate productivity, and strengthen relationships. Their Learning Lab boasts 150 square feet of write-able walls and accommodates up to 75 people. Culinary events can be planned for 6 to 42 people and range from two to seven hours. Mutch says, "We encourage people to learn and grow through culinary arts and unusually interesting workshops. You can build a strong team by cooking and dining together."
VanEck believes "brain health is as important as physical fitness. The neuroscience field is growing rapidly. I thought about opening this studio in L.A. where I lived, but reconsidered during a visit here to my hometown. I decided West Michigan should be on the forefront and we found a cool space to make it happen. It's conducive to learning with beautiful views of nature and plenty of light."
Thought Design welcomes visitors. Call and make an appointment to meet the team and tour the space: (616) 951-1336.
Source: Denise VanEck and Greg Mutch, Thought Design Studio
Writer: Susan Julien Larimore, Freelance Reporter
Images courtesy of Thought Design Studio