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From new healthy eats to fitness studio expansions, there’s no stopping Denver’s wellness scene. Lucky for you, we’ve kept tabs on all the need-to-know developments so you won’t miss a beat.
The folks behind the bougie Surf Lodge in the Hamptons are heading to the mountains with a similar concept. Snow Lodge is popping up this winter (December 26 to April 26) with fresh, local eats and sips at the base of Aspen Mountain. Surf Lodge chef Robert Seiber headed to Aspen himself to oversee the menu and load it up with the best of what’s in season and what locals like to nosh. The menu changes frequently, but expect plates filled with everything from seared river-caught fish to vegan “cheese” fondue.
Another week, another sweat spot opening! Minnesota-based Alchemy 365 has officially opened its second Colorado studio. The boutique gym that fuses strength, yoga, and cardio into a full-body workout set up shop at 41st and Tennyson in Berkeley in January. Be one of the first to get in on the action and score a discounted founding membership.
Rumors have been swirling around the city that super-healthy, scratch-made salad chain Sweetgreen is headed our way. And now we’ve got more scoop—Sweetgreen has secured two Denver locations! They’ll be serving up their epic salads at 275 St. Paul in Cherry Creek and at The Coloradan (1750 Wewatta) in LoDo. Timing and more details are still TBD, but it’s definitely a cause for excitement.
Backed by the likes of A-Rod and J.Lo, a brand-new spot to sweat is headed our way. TruFusion, a boutique concept that started in Vegas and is rapidly expanding across the country, is now bringing the heat to the new 9 & CO. development at 9th and Colorado. Variety is the spice of life to the studio, as they offer more than 65 class formats, everything from bootcamp, cycling, and battle ropes to TRX, yoga, and barre. Expect an early 2020 opening.
The folks who made dancing at dawn cool are hitting the road. That’s right—Daybreaker is taking their healthy dose of mischief on tour. But this isn’t any old tour. Daybreaker is hitching a ride with Oprah to bring the party (and possibly some yoga) to her 2020 Vision Tour, including acting as the pre-show hype at the Pepsi Center on March 7.
A brand new 12,000-square-foot urban farm, eatery, and marketplace has taken over Bill’s Auto Service on Old South Hampden—it’s called Grow + Gather. Expect a celebration of all things local with a greenhouse, restaurant, coffee shop, artisan market, and event space. While there’s still some work to be done on the facility, the eatery, dubbed The Feedery Kitchen and Market, is open for breakfast, lunch, coffee, and some grab-and-go grocery shopping.
If you love sushi but hate the whole raw fish part, then we’ve got just the solution for you: vegan sushi. You read that right—Wellness Sushi has started rolling plant-based sushi in Denver. Founded by a former sushi chef and his wife, the healthy hot spot debuted at a pop-up in November at Alternation Brewing Co., but you can find it now at Choice Market and Nooch Vegan Market. Oh, and they also offer catering and delivery.
CBD is popping up at all our favorite restaurants, including cozy coffee spot Blue Sparrow. In addition to coffee and kombucha, they’ve got Sträva CBD coffee on tap. And if you haven’t been able to find space in their RiNo shop, then get excited because Blue Sparrow has opened up a second location. Check them out on the ground floor of the Circa building at 1615 Platte St.
Practice a little #selfcare this year with an energizing flow and super healthy sips. Lacuna combines a yoga studio and juice bar under one sweet roof, and it's rolling out nourishing new menu items! Even better, everything is organic, vegan, and free of dairy and gluten, so you can nosh away no matter your restrictions or preferences!
A brand-new bakery is headed our way from Berkeley (the one in California, not the Highlands). Third Culture Bakery serves up better-for-you baked donuts, plus premium matcha, and their famous Mochi Muffin. Why do we like ’em? Because they care a whole lot about what they put (and don’t put) in their goods. The shop in the Aurora Cultural Arts District will be their first non-California outpost, and you can expect to start seeing the goodies by this summer.
It hasn’t been long since AKT dropped into Cherry Creek. And it didn’t take them any time at all to realize that Denver is digging what they do. Now, the dance fitness brand created by celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser is opening a second location in RiNo! Get ready to break a sweat, bust a move, and tone all the things. Stay tuned for presale opps and an opening date!
A Breck-born pizza spot has built quite a following from the plant-based crowd in Summit County, and they’re about to spread the love. Piante Pizzeria is bringing its vegan pizza to Denver! Get ready for New York-style, wood-fired pizzas with organic, local, and seasonal toppings, homemade sauces, dairy-free cheeses (like smoked cashew mozzarella and house-made ricotta), and meat-free options like shiitake mushroom bacon. They're easing into Denver with a series of pop-ups before opening the door to their brick-and-mortar spot, but stay tuned for the location and opening date!
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.