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LA has a thing for NYC foodie transplants (we’re looking at you Bluestone Lane, Van Leeuwen, and by CHLOE.). But there’s one West Coast shop that’s we’re totally obsessed with.
Say hello to Cha Cha Matcha, a charming, pink-hued cafe in WeHo and Venice that’s entirely dedicated to—you guessed it—matcha.
Cha Cha’s backstory is even more millennial than the menu. Two NYU business grads fell in love with matcha on a trip to Japan and brought back some tea powder to NYC. With a little recipe testing and a lot of ambition, they created the matcha wonderland we now know as Cha Cha Matcha.
A tea shop dotted with puns and palm trees on a pink and green palette, it’s no surprise the tropical-themed paradise was lured to the streets of LA. Not to mention its vintage retro feel and ’90s rap music blasting in the background. Nothing like a caffeine boost with a little Dr. Dre to get you in a good mood, right?
Cha Cha Matcha isn’t just fun to say; it also has the matcha tea game on lock. Their high-quality matcha is sourced straight from Japan, and the not-too-sweet flavor tastes just as good as it looks.
The menu is simple but features everything from classic drinks like a matcha latte to more unique concoctions like their seasonal Blue Drink made with collagen, blue algae, lavender honey, and milk.
Non-dairy? No problem. Cha Cha Matcha also offers a list of dairy-free options that’s so extensive (think almond, hemp, soy, macadamia, cashew, coconut, and more) you may need to pause before committing to an order. But no matter what you go for, you can expect a colorful creation made with good-for-you ingredients that you won’t be able to stop sipping.
Though, Cha Cha Matcha isn’t just about delicious matcha drinks. They also whip up a mean selection of healthy bites like avocado or almond butter toast, along with sweet treats like fresh-baked matcha donuts (both gluten-free and vegan!). And like any good tea shop nowadays, there’s also soft serve.
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.