Chelsea Manganaro has spent the last five years of her life turning her dream into a reality and proving that with a lot of patience and hard work, you can achieve your goals.
Manganaro is the owner of Nearme Yoga, 700 Main St., Moosic, where she also owns Nearme Café. Chelsea also has a second location for Nearme Yoga at 110 Terrance Dr., Peckville.
Nearme Yoga has been in business for 5 years. During that time, Manganaro has been creating a strong sense of community to make the business’ members feel at home.
Manganaro, an Old Forge resident, has spent most of her life in Northeastern Pennsylvania. She graduated from The University of Scranton in 2011 with a degree in Finance and Operations Management. After college, she started working in the finance sector but overworked and quickly felt burned out.
That’s when she decided it was time for a change and quit her job and moved to San Diego.
It was while in San Diego that Manganaro fell in love with yoga. The studio she went to there was like her second home.
Manganaro loved her time in San Diego and decided that she wanted to get out of the finance sector. However, this was a hard decision to make as she felt like she was giving up on her career.
While in San Diego, Manganaro received a job offer back home with Lockheed Martin, which she accepted. She continued to work there up until last year.
While this was a hard decision to make, she felt it was necessary for her personal growth and development. When Chelsea returned home, she wanted to continue to feed her passion for yoga, but none of the studios she went to had that same sense of community she felt in San Diego.
That’s when Manganaro decided to open Nearme Yoga.
She was able to create that second home for herself and others in the area and continues to do so every day. To her, that is the best part about owning her own business.
She said she has “the security of creating exactly what she wants without the fear of someone taking it away from her.”
Since then, Manganaro added another Nearme Yoga location, and just recently opened Nearme Café.
She explained how the café and yoga studio supplement each other well, and she considers the café a next-level growth for her business.
Manganaro has also put together a yoga festival the past several years at Montage Mountain, where other studios and vendors participate.
“The yoga festival is meant to be an exploration of growth for the participants, because the more we connect, the more we are able to grow,” Manganaro said.
When asked what advice she would give to someone who is starting a business, Manganaro explained there is a lot of patience and hard work that goes into running a business. This is hard for her to admit, as she says she is not a patient person, but it is the truth. You have to have a strong level of motivation and absolutely love what you are doing.
“I never say that I am going to work, because to me it’s not work,” she said. “I love what I do every day.”
To learn more, visit Near Me Yoga or Near Me Yoga Peckville on Facebook.
Annie Yurgosky is a sophomore at The University of Scranton majoring in Operations Management and an intern with the Small Business Development Center at the University of Scranton.