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Our Story

Leslie Tyler founded Leslie's Dance Emporium in 1979. She spent 42 magical years memorizing hundreds of routines and teaching thousands of students. After an incredible journey, Leslie closed the chapter on her beloved dance studio in 2021.  In 2023, she unveiled The Emporium – a haven for new business owners to find their footing and thrive. With over four decades of navigating the twists and turns of running a business, Leslie understands the risks that come with taking the plunge into entrepreneurship. At The Emporium, Leslie's mission is clear: to create a space where aspiring business owners can kickstart their ventures with reduced risks and maximum exposure. Joining The Emporium isn't just about finding a spot; it's about joining a community that believes in the power of every budding business.

Meet Leslie Tyler, the heart and soul behind The Emporium and the owner of Blue Spruce Studios – an outlet for her myriad of passions. 


At Blue Spruce Studios, Leslie offers Reiki, mindful movement, and dance classes for all ages and a wide variety of styles. Leslie is also a seasoned dance competition adjudicator! 

Blue Spruce Studios is also home to a charming general store, curated by Leslie herself. Dive into a collection of Leslie's favorite Keto snacks, discover reworked flannel creations, and meet the handmade gnomes that add a touch of whimsy to the space.

While Leslie is at the helm of The Emporium, she takes pride in being a vendor within its vibrant community. It's not just about running a business; it's about being part of the tapestry of creativity, collaboration, and community at The Emporium.

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A rising tide lifts all boats. That’s why we are dedicated to fostering an environment where new business owners can flourish and succeed. 

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