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We all kinda wish we could have a second home in the mountains. A place to kick back or crash, store some gear, and maybe even shoot off a few emails between ski runs or after a hike. We can’t help you with real estate, but we just might have the next best thing. Denver, meet Gravity Haus, a Breckenridge coworking community that is as focused on wellness as it is on function.
Gravity Haus was born from the brain of Galvanize founder Jim Deters. The creative entrepreneur clearly has a pulse on what people are looking for at the intersection of work, wellness, community, and hospitality. So, why not put them all under the same roof? He did, and this space seems to have thought of everything.
Sitting at the base of Peak 9 in Breck, Gravity Haus is setting out to be the ultimate social house for the modern adventurer, no matter the age or ability level. The wellness-focused space, which opened to the public on December 9, 2019, combines Starter Haus, a fully-equipped coworking space, with gear storage, social programming, eats and drinks, expert-guided excursions, and lodging on site.
But it’s not all about productivity and play. Gravity Haus also is a place to refuel and recharge. Get ready to veg out and zen out at the mountain-side Japanese-inspired onsen with four hot tubs, one cold tub, and one dry sauna. Train or recover at Dryland Sports, the high-tech fitness center with a full recovery studio (and NormaTec compression sleeves!). You can also grab some healthy eats at Cabin Juice, a restaurant for health nuts and foodies that serves nutrient-dense eats to fuel and satisfy. You’ll then have the option to top it all off with a cup from Unravel Coffee, a sustainably-focused coffee shop already serving Southeast Denver.
And if you’re looking to stay the night, know that this Haus has rooms, too. They’re upscale, but true to the Gravity Haus goal of being accessible to all, they are designed to be shared if you want (hello, queen bunk beds!). Think Airbnb meets hostel, as the Gravity Haus team explained to Fitt.
Want a little try-before-you-buy experience before heading up to the mountains? Check out Denver’s own Dryland Sports and Unravel Coffee (who are actually neighbors), which serves as the inspiration and blueprint for their Breck counterparts.
And looking forward, sales director Dave Northrop told us Breck is just the beginning. Jim and his team plan to replicate this model in ski and surf towns around the world. But for now, they’re staying close to home, slopeside, as they scope out their next properties: Vail and Winter Park. Look out for Vail Mountain Lodge and The Sundowner Motel to be reborn as this innovative mountain social house in late 2020.
Breck, Vail, or Winter Park—wherever you visit—Gravity Haus is guaranteed to be the most wholesome aprés around.
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.