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Wednesday, September 1, 2010


Yesterday I was trying to load a video up on youtube, after not succeding, I decided to do a little video surfing.

I'm not sure how I found her, but I ran across a woman on a pole. Not THAT unusual eh? Well, she was different.

She was beautiful...
She was confindent...
She was graceful...
She was sexy.

She was also a larger woman.

Now I hear this sentence ALL them time "I can't do what you do Summer because I'm not skinny like you".

Uh Uh, no way, no more. I won't listen to that excuse. I have told many a woman that you don't have to be small, in fact, if you've got thighs, you have an advantage! You can stick better to the poles!

But still they don't believe me. They think I'm lying to them or something. I realize it's hard for a larger woman to believe what comes out of my scrawny mouth lol. But now, oh yes, I have PROOF. It CAN be done....IT IS BEING DONE!

I present to you minicoopergirl

So that settles it! Don't you ever tell me you're too big for pole! I won't let that excuse slide anymore!


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

We Have Moved!!!!


Our new address is
11959 SW Garden Place
Portland, OR 97223


The new schedule is up for August!  Check it out!

More classes will be posted soon...morning, afternoon and night time!

More info to come!


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Got Pink?

We do!  Walls that is!

Ok ok, we all know how much I (Summer) loves pink.  But I promise not to go too overboard with it!

So as I sit here at the new place typing on my old keyboard that my 6 yr old daughter has dropped some mystery goo between the m & n keys (so, so if you see any double nn's or mm's that were obviously not intentional, know you know why).  I can't help but picture all the beautiful women (and you are ALL beautiful!) coming in, checking in at the front desk with big grins on their faces!  So exciting!

I've been a busy bee today, I have finally finished the bathroom floor!  yea!
See the progression?  I had to scrape the nasty linoleum that was on the floor off, then throw chems on it to loosen the adhesive, then scrape with a big scraper, then hand scrape the rest off, then patch the concrete, etc etc...
But it's finally done! yeah!  It's so pretty too, I'm so proud of me! lol
before & during scraping...


Kristin has been painting like a mad woman!  Seriously, watch out cause her shoulders are gonna turn hulk like soon!
So here's some pics of her painting our new pink wall..don't worry, there's only 2 accent walls this color, but OMG it's SOOOOOO pretty in person!  You instantly feel happy when you see it!

*music time*
Whatcha gonna do with all that junk, all that junk in side that trunk
Ima get get get get you drunk, get you love drunk off my humps my humps my humps my humps

sooo, someone please tell Kristin to just say NO to crack!  Yes ladies, I am most defiantly posting her thong shot on the internet for all to see...I know she'd love me just the same! ;)

So alas, here's the new entry...just picture it without the toilets in the middle..mmmk?

So we have started on the pole room floors, poles are on order, mirrors are on order (thanks Dad!), walls will be DONE this week!  Framing has started!  WOOT!

Um, is this illegal child labor we see?  We can pay them with candy right?

And my poor kids, they got out of school last week, so they have to come here while I work all day...thank goodness for playstation!  Yes, I know, not the best babysitter, but it's free, heh.  My daughter is certainly easier to entertain, she's been coloring her new tinkerbell coloring books.

OH!  I almost forgot, my first injury! I mean OOWWWIIEEE.

So I'm a little reckless when it comes to demo..

here's a play by play
Round one..
Summer has the upper hand, knocking holes in the walls face...take that wall!

Wall comes back at Summer, throwing debris all in her eyes!  ooh, what a low blow.

Summer comes back with a one two kick

Oh NO!  Wall takes Summer DOWN, She should've have seen the wall coming for her, that's gonna leave a mark..  (picture is recreated for dramatic effect)

But wait, Summer comes back with a vengeance!  I don't think I've ever seen that look in her eye, WATCH OUT!  OOOOOHHHHHHH  Summer strikes the wall down.  Honestly, it never had a chance!

This match is OVER, Summer knocks out wall!
(^um, is that super nerdy of me??) lol

The aftermath.....

So as you can see, we've been busy bees!

Many people are asking when we're moving, not totally sure yet.  We are aiming for July 1st.  You will get a newsletter when we do telling you we've moved, it will also be on the website homepage, and here on blogspot, on facebook, on twitter, so follow us on one of those and you'll get the notice!

Well, I'm off to go drive back home to Vancouver, I'm one tired gal!


Friday, June 4, 2010

Let the Demo BEGIN!

After many hiccups, we are finally in! Only 3 weeks behind schedule! EEK!

So I (Summer) have taken upon myself to let out some agression, those poor walls ;)

Honestly, they don't stand a chance against my wrath!  I present you, part of your new CHANGING ROOM!!  And yes, it will even have a vanity bar for you to get all purdied (hey, that's a real word in MY dictionary) up!

We are changing this space up so much!  But before we do, here's some "before" pictures of the space.  Now keep in mind, we are changing the lovely breastfed baby poop colored walls, and the oh so vintage rose colored bathroom counter..ewwww

alas..this is what happens when I get ahold of..POOF GONE!  Thanks to Kristin, we were able to lift that bad boy outta there!

Ok, so here's just a few pics of the raw building...
Part 1...several shots of the entryway...
Front Door area
Looking from the entry in...

and alas, looking down the huge main area!  Yes, it's bigger than the studio now!

Future childcare (don't worry, said breastfed baby poop colored carpet is also outta there!

And a few shots of future massage/esthetician/nutritionist/ etc offices

and here's what you've been waiting for.  Now, you'll have to use your imagination, pretend you see walls and such, but here's the MASSIVE Pole room
and the yoga room....
aaand, the main dance/fitness room!

There's other rooms, but I won't bore you with those pics right now.

So we are under way!!!  Stay tuned for more super duper fabulous updates of our shenanigans in building out the new space!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

First Blog Post....aaanndddd We Are MOVING!

Welcome to the official Diva Den Studio Blog!

Here will post the comings and and goings of the staff, events, promotions or general news of our facility.

And our first official post is a doosey!

Thanks to our loyal and divalicious clients, over the last 2 years at our Barbur Blvd location, we have grown substantially! And we have needed more space for many months!

We are so very excited to announce that we are moving to a brand new 9000 sq ft facility! Don't worry, it's not far from our current location, just about 7-10 minutes down the freeway (just 2 exits). Trust us, it is SO worth that few extra minutes.

We are planning to be ready for classes mid-late June!

With this new facility, we will have 3 separate studio areas! No more sharing rooms! Pole students will have their own space! Featuring 10-11 poles, towering 14 ft in the air! We hope to even have our very own "tip rail stage". For the up and coming performances for your friends! (don't worry, you don't HAVE to show off your skills!)

We also will have a VERY large room for our bigger classes and those that need more room like Zumba and Hoop! This room is almost twice the size of our current studio...yes the ENTIRE studio! Plus now you don't have to dance your way around poles! YEA!

Our third room is what we are calling our "yoga room", this is our smallest room, but it's still MUCH larger than our current studio. This room is loaded with windows to let in some natural light if desired, but don't worry, no one will be able to see in, so it's still totally private. This means we can add more Aerial Yoga Hammocks! YUP YUP!

All of our rooms will be equipped to take our Aerial Yoga hammocks..and hold on to your hats for this one, we are bring in AERIAL SILKS! You know, a la cirque du soleil! Lyra (hanging hoops) will be coming not long after!

In addition our waiting room is HUGE! I'm talking GINORMOUS! We will also have, get ready for it...a large locker room (yes, with lockers!) and changing area! Attached to that is the ladies room which has 3 stalls! No more waiting ladies!

We will also have a separate childcare area! "Lollipops Kidzone" is a huge area with fun stuff for kids to do in a safe environment. We will not be able to offer free childcare anymore, however, it's very inexpensive. Infants and crawlers/new walkers will be separated from the big kids, so the tiny tots can play safely!

In addition, we have have several new amenities..some of which include, but are not limited to...

Natural Nails Mani's/Pedi's
Air Brush Tanning (not the booth, a real live person!)
Full Retail Section
Aesthetic Services
and more!

Within the year, we hope to offer more services including a wine/coffee bar!

With this new "Womens Lifestyle Facility", we will become the largest facility of it's kind in NORTH AMERICA! EEEK!

Get ready Portland!

The changes coming to Diva Den Studio are so very excited for us all!

But one of the best changes is that Kristin, you know, the one that answers the phone, manages my crazy mind, is now officially my business partner! I can't tell you how excited I am.

With her, we will have a smoother running operation, yea for that! :)

WHEW! What a first blog post huh!?!

Now with all that said, we need you! We are HIRING! Please visit our web page under "work with us" and see if you are what we're looking for!

In addition, we are looking for those willing to trade. We are in need of licensed electricians & plumbers. Also we have a LOT of floor to lay, so if you're up for a little manual labor, we need you! Soooo, if you or someone you know has skills, let us know, we're looking to trade for membership services!

Email Summer @

Again, I would like to thank all of my super clients and instructors and especially Kristin for helping make my dream a reality!

Here's to a FABULOUS 2010!
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