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Om Sweet Home

Neil and Sharmane Riemer • Yoga Center of Minneapolis Owners

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  • Sharmane Riemer doing yoga
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
    “Isn’t she lovely?” observes Neil as his wife practices yoga against the Minneapolis skyline.
  • Sharmane Riemer feet in the air for yoga pose
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
  • living room with couch and chair
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
  • Gold circular metal sculpture
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
  • blanket, wishbone and books
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
  • bar cart
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
    A bar cart from Arteriors is stocked for any event, be it a post-yoga drink, visits from their three grandkids, or an evening in.
  • bedroom, bed with night stand
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
    The master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling windows with no blackout shades, otherwise they might never leave their favorite Ligne Roset bed. “I’ll keep this bed for as long as I can get out of it!” Neil says.
  • Bedroom
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
  • chair with side table, plant on books
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
    Neil jokes that he had to “arm-wrestle” his designer over a few items, such as the wood side table, which he repeatedly dismissed and she quietly refused to remove.
  • glass globes hanging from the ceiling as lights
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
    To get around code, which prevents a chandelier above a bathtub, designer Brooke Voss had local glass company Hennepin Made blow a series of individual globes for a similar effect.
  • kitchen
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
  • a man and woman sitting together
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson
  • man and worman sitting doing yoga
    Photos by Eliesa Johnson

“We may be the only living humans who move and retire to Minneapolis,” says Neil Riemer, who owns the Yoga Center of Minneapolis with his wife, Sharmane. The couple came here three years ago from Texas for “an adventure,” eager to trade the heat for the cold. Neil admits he tried to retire and “failed miserably,” so he started looking for a business to purchase and homed in on the Yoga Center—having no idea it was the same studio where his wife was finishing her hours toward teacher certification. “Needless to say, I found my yoga home here,” Sharmane says. They also found a second career together. In addition to their North Loop studio, Sharmane teaches at Hotel Ivy, where the couple lives 23 stories high in one of the residences, with a mesmerizing view of downtown, the Foshay, and a zigzag of skyways. Having previously lived atop the Austin Hilton, they knew this space would suit them. To help curate their collected furniture and art, they hired interior designer Brooke Voss. “We’ve had fun keeping up with her energy,” Sharmane says. “And we love how she goes inexplicably deaf if you don’t like something,” adds Neil. Now settling in, their adventure continues. Though they miss Austin’s barbecue, Mexican food, and college sports scene, they are now in love with the Guthrie, the Opera, the parks, the Twins, and the cold—a novelty that still hasn’t worn off. “I have friends who are convinced I’m in the witness protection program because I just disappeared,” Neil says. “People think it’s just too cold,” says Sharmane, “but Minneapolis is a hidden secret.”
 

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