Want to set up a business in Spain? Read how the locals and expats in the Axarquia area have set up their business. Or use this section as a guide as to where to shop, drink or eat.


Inez Leniere has opened Cómpeta Yoga. The studio is situated 100 meters from the Cómpeta Tourist office (direction Canillas) and can be found down the first alley on the left hand side. Inez trained as a dancer and taught dance from 17 years of age. She then moved into the fitness industry. Having enjoyed Yoga at Ballet school she continued with this element gaining her first Yoga teacher training certificate at 23. Originally from Belgium she taught classes there in both Yoga and Pilates but always dreamt of having her own studio. 11 years ago Inez moved to Spain and continued to teach firstly at the Gym in Cómpeta and then at the Alberdini Hotel and restaurant, as well as private classes at people´s homes. Now, she has been finally able to open her own studio. It is 85m2 not including the two large male and female changing rooms with showers at the back. It is kitted out with mats, blocks, blankets as well as an honesty bar with comfortable seats for tea and coffee after class.

EGO Pamper Nights

Mel at EGO is now offering “Pamper Nights” and instead of Mel explaining the idea to me we decided to hold one so I could experience it first hand! All you need is a minimum of six people and a venue. Whoever volunteers to be host and provides a few nibbles will then receive a discount on the treatments from Mel. The cost is 15 euro per person to everyone but the host and this gives you two treatments throughout the evening. That is the basic idea but what you make of the night in, is really up to you! Six of us organised this evening last month and the host was selected through convenience and location to all the group. We all brought a bottle of wine and a few nibbles but Lisa, the host, layed on a fab spread of pizzas and dips and Alison had made a chocolate cake for us to finish with .... perfect food for a girlie night in! Mel brought all her kit from the Salon including her treatment table so we could properly relax.

Successful Property Marketing

There is definitely a formula to successfully marketing Spanish property to a global audience of buyers. Currently, Spanish nationals are responsible for just 5% of property purchased in Spain, so attracting foreign buyers has never been more important. Equally, how foreign buyers search for properties for sale has changed beyond all recognition. Today, they expect to search for your property on cutting edge websites at the touch of a finger - on their phone, tablet or laptop. There is a simple marketing formula, for these changing times Does the main image of your property have internet curb appeal? Will buyers stop and click on your property to see more? The internet today, is yesterday's estate agency shop window – that photo has to be right!

Los Caballos De Mosquin

Los Caballos del Mosquin in Canillas de Albaida has recently had a flat area excavated to create a riding school at the stables. They are extending the existing riding school to double the size (50 x 20m) in order to meet the international measurements for a working size area. (In this moutanous region it is a quite an ambitious and costly project. Flat land in the mountains isn't that easily obtained but Eva and the owners of other horses homed at the stables grouped together to fund this new facility. Eva hopes to be operational for November along with the arrival of a professional riding teacher for the winter months.. The teacher is an Austrian international and very well known rider; Angelika Miki. She has her own equestrian academies in Hungary and Austria and meets the profile of the Los Caballos del Mosquin concept which focuses on natural horseman ship, body language and horse wellfare all the way through from the very basic principles in handling a horse to the higher disciplines in classical dressage. Emphasis is on the cooperation with the horse instead of implying force, violence, punishment and pain.

La Boutique

La Boutique will be celebrating their third Christmas this year. The Grapevine spoke to Lisa about the changes since they first opened. Although the major change for Lisa herself is she and her husband Jose who own the boutique, amongst other enterprises, have a beautiful baby boy called Jose. Lisa took maternity leave earlier on in the year to spend time at home with her new baby. However, she is now back to work and has made some great changes and investment in time for the Christmas period. La Boutique opened as a 3 floor department store but now they boast a further floor in the basement dedicated to bedding, where there is a showroom of mattresses, beds and of course bedding. Above this floor is the original baby section along with a more recent addition of Lingerie, a bathroom accessories area and travel section as before. The Kitchen floor is next which also now includes white goods, electrical items and a small garden section can be found at the back. The first floor or street level entrance is giftware and home ware and as a recent edition now stocks shoes and boots along with a selection of complementary items. Theses accessories have increased in their range for the winter and Christmas period, now not only stocking bags but scarf’s and cardigans too.

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