Arts profile: The Alchemy Studio Revelstoke

The historic S.Needham & Sons building on the corner of Douglas and King Streets is now home to The Alchemy Studio

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The Alchemy Studio is based in a converted building supply centre in Lower Town. Photo: contributed

This arts and culture brief first appeared in print in the February 2020 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.

If you’ve been in Revelstoke for some time, you have walked past the historic S. Needham & Sons building on the corner of Douglas and King Streets. Built in 1897, it originally served as a building supply centre. It now serves as a centre of wellness: The Alchemy Studio.

Locals may be more familiar with the studio’s former name, Revelution. But after running the studio, which offers yoga, pilates and a variety of other types of fitness classes, under the Revelution name for three years, owner Rebecca Marchildon felt it was time for a change.

Marchildon bought the historic building and got to work renovating the space into the perfect haven for yogis and fi tness enthusiasts. She now has room to not only expand her programming but rent out space to like-minded wellness practitioners. Alchemy now shares space with a physiotherapist and massage therapist.

The studio room itself was the most significant aspect of the renovation process for Marchildon and her team. They wanted to create something customized to the needs of their membership while maintaining the aesthetically appealing elements of a historic building. The result is a large, but still warm, open space with in-floor heating, high ceilings, and huge windows letting in tons of natural light.

While her core vision and mission for the studio have remained largely unchanged, Marchildon has shifted gears in the type of clientele she’s looking to reach. Compared to Revelution, Alchemy is less directed specifically towards women and aims to include all genders and a broader group of people.

“We want to be a fun place to come and move your body and not [have] it be about trying to lose weight. It’s more about moving your body joyfully,” she says. “We wanted to have a variety of things that are good for your mind, body and soul.”

With the new space, they’ve also been able to open a cafe and simply have more room for visitors to relax before and after classes. Marchildon dreams of continuing to expand their variety of fitness classes and maybe one day making additions to the building itself.

Cara Smith
Cara Smith is a freelance writer from Fredericton, New Brunswick. After studying English literature at St. Thomas University, Cara began writing for the Telegraph-Journal, the provincial daily newspaper in New Brunswick, then worked as a staff writer for Huddle, an online business news magazine. She's now in Revelstoke, focusing on feature stories and has a keen interest in arts and culture.