It all started with a beautiful jacket. Sisters-in-law Patti Jo Pumple and Heather Park were attending a boot camp in Bright’s Grove and when they saw a woman wearing a very stylish, athletic jacket, and they had to know where she found it. “I went home and looked up the company, One Tooth, and you couldn’t buy their clothing online, but there was a franchise opportunity,” Park explains. She immediately emailed the company and then she asked Pumple if she was interested in pursuing the opportunity together.
They took possession of their current location at 155 Front Street North in May 2012. Both women had previously worked for large companies. They wanted to try their hand at running their own business and they wanted to set up shop downtown. “We wanted to be able to set our own hours and have time to spend with our family and we knew it had to be downtown. We always came down for First Fridays and knew that it would be a fun location. We also really wanted to do our part to help with the downtown resurgence,” Park adds.
Their vision at the time was two-fold: they wanted to offer unique, Canadian athletic apparel and they wanted to support Sarnians in their quest to remain healthy and active. The One Tooth line is manufactured in Vancouver. “When Lululemon went public and moved everything overseas their manufacturer started his own line. People seem to really like knowing that they are supporting Canadian jobs,” explains Park. At the same time, when the store opened in July 2012, they began offering after-hours yoga classes in the store. “We invited Lisa Craig to give yoga classes in the store at first, but now she has her own studio in the same building. It has been a great partnership for us.” They’ve also offered other types of classes, including a zumba lesson out front during one First Friday event.