Emerging Leader: Jessica Bashelor of The Handle Bar

Jess Bashelor of The Handle Bar

When Jessica Bashelor decided to open The Handle Bar, her first instinct was to establish her indoor cycling workout studio in Back Bay, which she thought of as the “hub of the city.”

We tried several times and had letters of intent on a couple places,” she said. ”After the third one fell through, we took a step back.”

A for-lease sign she spotted in a South Boston window led to her opening instead on Dorchester Avenue in that neighborhood in June 2013. “It was fate and it’s been perfect,” said Bashelor. “The young energy of the neighborhood has helped define our work hard, play hard culture.”

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Originally appeared in the Boston Business Journal on March 28, 2014