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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.
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.