Less than six months ago, 20-year-old Skyler Garman was opening a small vitamin and supplement store. Now, he’s trying to build a health and fitness empire right here in Lebanon.
Garman is set to relaunch Body Science Supplements in its new location at 927 Cumberland St. on Saturday. Though just across the street from the original, the store’s second iteration is nearly triple the size, with more product lines and the addition of a smoothie bar.
And according to Garman, the expansion of Body Science Supplements is only the beginning.
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Why is Body Science Supplements moving?
Not unlike the growth many of the products on his shelves promise, Garman saw rapid results with his business.
“It’s been an awesome journey, just how quick everything happened,” said Garman, a few days before the relaunch.
Body Science Supplements started in a 600-square-foot space – a room, really – and while Garman was confident in his vision for a nutrition store focusing on customer service and products that actually work, he anticipated a struggle in the beginning.
He certainly didn’t expect to be moving out of necessity.
“Two weeks in, I’m like, man, I’m out of space,” said Garman. “And then two months later, I’m like, alright, the only thing that’s holding me back now is space.
“It’s still a scary leap for me. I literally feel like I’m opening a brand new business because it is so much bigger. It’s a huge step. So much more space, so much more product.”
The new storefront is 1,400 square feet, and this time Garman owns the whole building, opening a world of possibilities for the property.
What’s next for Body Science Supplements?
What customers won’t see, at least not right away, is the additional 3,000 square feet in the rear of the building. Right now, that area houses a makeshift gym for Garman’s personal use, but renovations in the space are already ongoing and eventually a full gym could be opened to the public.
For all its early success, Garman wants to continue reinvesting in the business, whether that means money or sweat equity – thus the need for a place to work out on the premises.
“The past few months, I haven’t gone to bed before 1 o’clock in the morning, and I get up at 7 a.m.,” said Garman. “If it’s not benefiting this, I don’t have much time for it.”
Garman also plans to expand Body Science Supplement stores in multiple locations while remaining headquartered in Lebanon.
A North Lebanon graduate, he feels the community is backing him – proof that he doesn’t need to move his operations to a nearby bigger city such as Harrisburg or Lancaster.
“I drove all the way up to Hershey, Hummelstown Golds’ Gym, and was out there promoting, handing out flyers,” said Garman. “I see this big bulletin board, and I’m like ‘oh sweet, on the way out I’m gonna put up some posters.’
“I look to the left and my flyers were already there. I have no idea who did it, who put them there, but that’s just the love I get. It’s awesome.”
Body Science Supplements has something for everyone
Obviously, Garman spends a lot of time in the gym – he’s a competitive bodybuilder, a hobby he put on hold to focus on his business goals.
But Body Science Supplements isn’t just for weightlifters looking to build muscle mass. Garman estimates around 60 percent of his clients in a general health and physical fitness category, which includes anything from weight loss to recovery from injury.
Despite his youth, Garman demonstrates tremendous knowledge about his products, which explains how he’s quickly gained the trust of so many customers.
“I want everybody to be well,” said Garman. “I want everybody to reach their fitness goals, even if it’s just health goals, weight loss, muscle building, anything.”
Whatever the goal is, Body Science Supplement likely has a product to help achieve it.
Expanded offerings in the new shop include a fruit smoothie bar, healthy prepared meals and GHOST supplements, which are traditionally exclusive to GNC stores. Garman even sells some of his own formulations.
Body Science Supplements relaunches Saturday, Sept. 14 with a storewide sale of 30-40 percent off most items.
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