DARIEN, Conn. -- For two Darien residents and fitness fanatics, the decision to leave their careers in finance to open a chain of fitness studios in Darien and Westport required more than just a little sweat.
Childhood friends, Felice Marcy and Annabel Marisca grew up together in Greenwich. However, the two gradually drifted apart before suddenly being reconnected while raising their families in Darien. The two instantly connected and discovered they each had developed a passion for both finance and fitness.
When they met, Marcy was working as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, while Marisca served as a senior vice president at an investment firm in Manhattan. "When I started to raise a family, fitness became the balance I needed between work and my job," said Marisca.
In May 2013, Marcy and Marisca experienced an innovative exercise program in New York City that changed their lives. Using a machine known as the Megaformer, the two women instantly knew the all-in-one exercise would be a hit in Darien. "When I first tried the Megaformer class, it really kicked my butt," said Marcy. "I have been dedicated to fitness my entire life, so I really wanted to introduce this back home."
In anticipation of opening a gym in Fairfield County, the duo flew to Los Angeles to meet Sebastian Lagree, Megaformer's founder. Less than six months later, Marcy and Marisca opened their new studio, CST50, in Darien.
"Opening CST50 allowed us to pursue something different with our careers," said Marisca. "Once I realized my job could double as my hobby, it was a no-brainer to put my previous career behind and look towards a different path."
In order to help CST50 grow and profit, Marisca and Marcy trusted Darien Rowayton bank to handle the company's finances and maximize growth potential. In fact, after the success of the Darien location, the duo opened their second CST50 in Westport in 2015.
"Working with Darien Rowayton Bank has been just the kind of support we needed," said Marcy. "They were able to help us through some of the challenges we faced when opening our first business."
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