Blake Tartt III Brings Pure Ryde to Oxford



Blake Tartt III Brings Pure Ryde to Oxford

Blake Tartt III is the Houston businessman development visionary who has brought Pure Ryde to Oxford

Although the innovative cycling and Pilates studio has been open for a couple of weeks, the grand opening reception is tonight and some of Oxford’s mover and shakers will be on hand to see the impressive new facility.

The fifth-generation Houston-based entrepreneur has a Texas-sized love for Oxford and Ole Miss. He is a 1984 Ole Miss graduate and owns property in Oxford.

Tartt adds he is proud to bring one of the fitness industry’s fastest growing brands to Oxford, where exercise and fitness is part of the community’s focus, just as is the case with fine Southern cuisine, the arts and educational progress.

“In my opinion Oxford is one of the great American towns,” he said. “I have been successful as an innovator in regional planning, executing a vision for real estate development that fuses landscaping and environmental amenities that are distinctive and high quality. Oxford has all the advantages you could desire in a growing community — great education, health care, natural resources like timber and water, and most of all, wonderful people.”

Tartt expressed his appreciation for city leadership. “Oxford really is a well-run city,” he said, adding that he is pleased to own property in his adopted hometown. “How many towns in America do you find the street-sweeping vehicles waking you up every morning? You don’t find littering, crime or bad streets. The Ole Miss campus is one of the most beautiful in America. The way Oxford and Ole Miss are cared for reflects the great pride residents and visitors have for this energetic town.”

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