ENTREPRENEUR feature: GRACE TAPPIN of move with grace
Grace Tappin A Brooklyn Native has been a long-standing member of the Brooklyn Business community, having opened her business Move with Grace over 12 years ago, offering daily yoga and other classes. When Grace came to the Women’s Enterprise Action Loan Fund in 2012, she wanted funds to complete the work for her juice bar expansion to her Yoga studio and advice to grow her business.
Helping to fund the juice bar was just the beginning of WEALF’s long relationship with Grace. Sarah Frank, Grace’s mentor, has been there to assist, providing guidance on management and business strategy.
In the last several years as Myrtle Avenue has flourished, Grace has continued to upgrade her studio through second and third loans from WEALF. Most recently, Grace relocated to a larger space up the block adding a large juice bar, with an expanded menu including salads, acai and smoothie bowls and more. She branded the store with colorful signage and added retail items to the mix, and provides rental space for the entire wellness community.
Grace is an active member of her community working with local businesses, NYC children, at-risk youth, and seniors. Aspiring entrepreneurs often come to her for advice and motivation due to her longevity in business.