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Don’t you hate how some places blend up frozen yogurt and sugary strawberries and call it a smoothie? We put together this list of all the best juice and smoothie spots in Denver for when you're craving something made from actual fruit and veggies, not just a glorified milkshake. Bottoms up!
If you find yourself just outside the city, you can get your juice fix at Nékter in Highlands Ranch or Greenwood Village. And lucky for city-dwellers, they’ve now set up shop in Denver too! There’s something for everyone with loads of different handcrafted juices, smoothies, and acai bowls—always clean and buzzing with the good stuff. For healthy on the go, try one of their bottled cold-pressed juices or take a six-bottle “vacation” with a Nékter Cleanse.
This may surprise you, but Pressed Juice Daily presses its juice daily. We know, we know—crazy talk. It's 100% raw and organic and available at three shops throughout the city: Capitol Hill, the Highlands, and South Broadway. Juices are categorized into greens, roots, and citrus, and can be combined in a variety of different cleanses depending on your goals. What happens to the waste from juicing, you ask? The leftover pulp at Pressed Juice Daily is composted and used for fertilizer in local gardens. FYI: Hours vary by location.
This superfood hot spot blends up all kinds of plant-based goodies, including organic cold-pressed juices. Hardcore juice drinker? Try the Spicy Greens. Want a healthier pre-workout supplement? Try theirs, blended up with beet, apple, carrot, ginger, and lemon. About to head over to a Flywheel class? You’ll want to hydrate (and turn heads) with their Pure Glacier Water, a naturally bright blue bev thanks to the addition of blue spirulina to coconut water, aloe water, spring water, lemon, and stevia. Find them at Union Station, plus Sloan's Lake and RiNo in 2020.
Ever wish you could create your own juice flavor without the work of doing the juicing yourself? Well you’re in luck. The Union Station Whole Foods features a 12-tap fresh-pressed juice bar where you can blend and mix to your heart’s content. And don’t worry—if you aren’t feeling creative (or fear you’ll mix up a big cup of fail) they’ll have plenty of recommendations for you.
The name says it all. Clean Juice serves up super-fresh, cold-pressed organic fruit and vegetable juice, made daily, right there in front of you. Stay and sip or grab and go—either way, you know it’s made from the best of the best. And if you feel like mixing it up, try one of their juice-based shots, a smoothie, or a blended bowl. You can find them on Steele St. in Cherry Creek or head down Colorado Blvd. to their 9th & CO location.
Where to even begin with Lacuna Juice and Yoga? Yes, you have the airy, minimalistic studio with a full schedule of signature Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes. But whether you attend a class or not, you have to swing by their organic juice bar. This nourishing in-studio operation serves nut milks, smoothies, soups, salads, toasts, and more. And for juice, you'll find a full menu of cold-pressed concoctions named after precious gems (we like the zesty Topaz). Fitt Tip: you'll pay an extra $1 to get your juice in a glass bottle, but bring it back and they'll count that buck toward your next purchase.
Parsley has been juicing since before juicing was cool. The juice menu started with the still-popular Kate’s Kiss, made with organic kale, spinach, celery, parsley, carrot, and lemon. Though their juice menu has since expanded, the original inspiration remains. Simple and tasty smoothies are also on the menu: try the blueberry granola, with organic blueberries, banana, oats, walnuts, and yogurt. With only mid-day opening hours and everything made-to-order, Parsley definitely plays to the Golden Triangle lunch crowd.
A welcome addition to LoHi, ProsperOats offers both juices and bowls that are delicious, healthy, and portable. The build-your-own bowls start with your choice of base (steel cut oats, oats and quinoa, yogurt, or açaí). Then add your sweetener and load on the toppings (protein powder, fruits, seeds, etc.). Admittedly, it’s easy to go a little overboard, but it’s even easier to keep it healthy. Bonus: almost all of ProsperOats' ingredients and paper products are sourced from Colorado companies (yay, local!).
Whole Nectar wants you to be aware of the “extremely low amount of B.S. in everything they produce.” Yep, that’s a good thing. Choose from fresh-pressed juices, detox and ginger shots, hot oat bowls, smoothies, and smoothie bowls (topped with Denver’s own Udi’s granola, of course!). Check ‘em out for breakfast, lunch, or a healthy snack right in the middle of downtown.
Bringing their love from New Orleans, Superfood Bar set up shop in LoHi with the mission to make healthy eating accessible to everyone, while supporting the local economy by sourcing only the best local and organic ingredients. In addition to their gluten-free, vegan, and raw breakfast and lunch menu, they’ve got an impressive list of smoothies and juices full of nutrient-dense fruits, veggies, and superfoods. You’re gonna feel real good leaving this place.
This Boulder-born real food gem in Greenwood Village is all about whole, fresh ingredients. At Zeal, you can hang out in the cozy space, try one of their organic cold-pressed juices, or play the sample game and grab a flight of all of them. Love ’em? You can surely grab some to go! And for more liquid nutrition, try one of Zeal’s creative smoothies like the Green Alkalizer, made with spinach, kale, avocado, ginger, chia, cinnamon, dates, green juice, and your choice of almond, hemp, or coconut milk. What's extra cool about Zeal? Since 2016, they've operated a small farm north of Boulder where they grow organic produce for their menu. It can't get any fresher than that!
With stores in both Park Hill and Stapleton (at Stanley Marketplace), you’re never too far from some of The Juicing Tree’s raw, organic, cold-pressed juice. You won’t be limited to the usual juice suspects, either; the Juicing Tree gets creative with their juicers to concoct unconventional and seasonal picks. Bottoms up with the Yogi, made with pineapple, granny smith, turmeric, ginger, and lemon, or try the summer-themed watermelon and mint. Want more than juice? The Juicing Tree also offers a variety of nut milks, infused waters, and shots/boosters. But listen up: a limited amount of juice is made fresh daily, so be sure to catch them before they sell out and close up shop.
This Atlanta-based superfood chain finally made its way west and has settled in the Highlands. The health-focused spot serves up all sorts of eats, but their cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and shots land it a well-deserved spot on this list. Whether you’re looking for a post-workout protein hit or a mid-morning immunity boost, Kale Me Crazy has you covered.
Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut.
Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes.
Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:
As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions.
On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.
In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.
In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest.
After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.
Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.
All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.
Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.
Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.