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Kombucha is one of those relentless trends that just seems to be getting better with age (yes, that was a fermentation joke). And while the probiotic-packed fermented tea has long been a staple among SD yogis and surfers, three local dudes are shaking up the booch scene, adding to its already mass appeal by upping the ABV.
JuneShine’s success didn’t happen overnight, though. It took months of experimentation and lots of trial and error with different types of yeast and flavor variations (don’t worry — there were plenty of surf breaks in between) before they were ready to introduce their craft sips to the public.
See, what sets JuneShine’s kombucha apart—aside from the 6% ABV—is their unique brewing process, which uses honey and green tea rather than more commonly used add-ins like black tea and sugar. The result? A smooth and tasty fermented adult beverage featuring high-quality, locally-sourced, organic ingredients and all sorts of antioxidants, probiotics, and vitamins.
Whether you stop by JuneShine’s OG brewery in North Park or their 25,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room in the former Ballast Point Scripps Ranch location, you’ll instantly understand why people can’t get enough of this place.
It could have something to do with the bright, minimalistic aesthetic, the plant-adorned walls, or the driftwood tap handles. But if you ask us, it has a lot more to do with the friendly, welcoming staff (don’t be surprised by the crew of bearded bros wearing rubber boots and well-loved beanies) and cozy, laid-back atmosphere that JuneShine is known for. Grab a seat at the bar or hunker down on the wicker couch in the back corner, either way, you’ll be greeted with a big smile and a generous pour (or six) of some of the best hard kombucha you’ve ever had.
On the menu at both tasting rooms, you’ll find a handful of familiar flavors like honey ginger lemon and acai berry, as well as some lesser-known varieties, such as the Midnight Painkiller, featuring activated charcoal and nutmeg. Hey, they like to do things differently around here. But if you’re looking for a recommendation, you can’t go wrong with the Hopical Citrus, a tangy, fizzy blend of light and fruity flavors.
Stop by JuneShine’s charming North Park location for an afternoon kombucha flight or make the trip to their Scripps Ranch space and post up on the patio with a bubbly booch in the San Diego sun. Either way, be sure to snag a few cans of their tasty hard kombucha on your way out the door. Oh, and keep an eye out for pop-ups, movie nights, and other happenings, as they’re in the habit of hosting community events on the regular.
Working on perfecting your at-home workout routine? Trying to take your yoga practice to the living room? Want to find a new mat and support local yoga studios from home? We interviewed SACRED yoga founder, Erica Simone, to get the inside scoop on the brand, wellness, and why SACRED yoga mats stand out among the rest.
SACRED is pulling the (yoga) mat out from under the industry. Because a basic search will likely lead many to believe that all yogis are young, physically fit, devastatingly good-looking, and well, white. Trust us, yoga doesn’t care if you look good in tight pants or if your outfit is cute. Yoga doesn’t care where you come from, what you look like, or how much money you make. Yoga isn’t about being flexible or being able to hold fancy poses. And you don’t need to take a ton of time out of your day—let alone be a skilled practitioner—to reap its amazing benefits.
SACRED’s mission is to create beautiful quality products, empower everybody to practice yoga, and to feel damn good about it. Our yoga mats are made with extreme grip, central alignment, eco-friendly natural rubber, reversible sides, and high vibration design. They’re extra long and wide, firm and comfortable, super durable, and very easy to clean.
Our PRO line is our most popular yoga mat because it offers all the best features you could want from a yoga mat, including being extra long and wide (26.7" x 72") and with thicker material (5mm). The CORE line is the same mat, buts a little smaller and thinner (24" x 70" / 3mm thick).
I designed the central logo, which was a symbol I 'channeled' a few years ago in one of my automatic drawing meditations. I often get geometric downloads that have some sort of cosmic connection and this one particularly evokes 11 elements (which can be read on the website), but essentially love and the all-seeing Universal mind.
Wellness is that sweet spot where health and happiness hold hands. It's making positive decisions and taking daily steps to giving your mind, body, and soul a warm hug in whatever you can. Whether it's focusing on keeping a healthy diet, exercising, practicing meditation, or even volunteering in your local community—whatever you need to do to keep your total being balanced.
I believe wellness is cultivated by self-love. The more you care for yourself and take all the steps in your daily life to self-nurture, the better you will feel and be able to show up in society for others. One of the major sources of disease is stress, which we can easily reduce by practicing a variety of wellness methods, including with yoga and meditation. By truly honoring your practices and deeming them sacred in whichever way you choose, you are activating a stronger connection with your inner self and therefore cultivating a greater sense of wellness.
How do you personally practice wellness? (taking time for yourself, etc.)
These days I take daily walks on the beach, hiking in nature, yoga, meditation, eating very healthy, not drinking, being creative, making art, and watching documentaries or taking online courses.
SACRED yoga mats provide a safe space to practice, physically and ethereally. Our mats are dual-sided and made with advanced grip materials, giving yogis great stability. All our yoga mats come with a central line, greatly helping with form and balance. Our PRO line is extra long and wide, providing ample space to practice. The central design is a cosmic activation, bringing loving and harmonious energy to your practice. SACRED mats are designed to offer yogis a full experience, where they can connect with themselves and practice seamlessly, not having to worry about slipping and sliding or having any stress whatsoever over their mats.
What trends and evolutions in the wellness space should we be aware of?
People becoming nicer and more loving :)
We work with yoga-related charities around the world, helping provide yoga mats to underserved communities.
Soon we will be releasing a fancy travel mat... I can't divulge too much, but stay tuned. It's going to be amazing!
Want to order one? Visit Sacredyogashop.com.
Ready to take it for a spin? Check out virtual classes on Mindbody and start flowing!