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We don’t have to tell you that San Diego’s health and fitness scene is fire. But on the off chance you were busy with an oceanside savasana or posted up on a patio with a cold-pressed juice and missed the latest buzz, don’t worry — we’ve been keeping tabs on things.
One Paseo is still growing! Tocaya Organica, San Diego’s favorite place to score a healthy take on Mexican cuisine, has debuted its third location in the Del Mar hot spot. Your new motivation during a sweaty SoulCycle class or BODYROK mash-up? Tocaya’s tasty avocado-topped tacos and flavor-filled bowls.
The gym-meets-resort experience has finally made its way to San Diego. Life Time’s latest health and fitness club features upscale equipment, multiple studio spaces, and luxury amenities all housed in a whopping 56,000-square-foot destination. When it comes to classes, take your pick of everything from kickboxing and kettlebells to cycling, yoga, and HIIT. And if you need a little R&R after your workout, just make your way to their in-house spa or the on-site healthy cafe to refuel.
Root down and rise up at San Diego’s newest yoga studio, Root + Flow Yoga. Small but mighty, this Mira Mesa spot is all about inclusivity and helping yogis create a mind-body connection through purposeful movement. The schedule is packed with a variety of practices, too, including Vinyasa, Yin, Yoga Sculpt, and Ashtanga. Oh, and rumor has it they’ll be adding rope wall classes in 2020!
San Diego is all about the fresh, locally-sourced cuisine, and Farmer’s Table is delivering. The popular farm-to-table restaurant has announced plans to open its fourth location in South Bay. Set to open in early 2020, you can expect they’ll be replicating the other three eateries’ recipe for success by serving up fresh, organic ingredients and unique Italian-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Get ready to move your asana in Bay Park! YogaSix will soon be opening their newest location in central San Diego. A little birdie also told us that they also plan to cut the ribbon on studios in North Carlsbad and Little Italy, too, so you’ll be sweating up and down San Diego’s coast in no time.
Get ready to veg out, North County folks. Encinitas plant-based favorite, EVE, has made its way up the coast to Oceanside. The hip eatery’s second space is now open, so you can stop by for a signature Buddha Bowl, flatbread, or smoothie—and everything else you can order from the OG spot—between catching waves and soaking up the sun.
Mesa Rim has broken ground on its third location in North City! The 28,000-square-foot full-service rock climbing and bouldering gym will feature 52-foot walls, plus space for yoga and fitness classes. Can't wait for their doors to open in August 2020? Visit the Mira Mesa or Mission Valley spaces to get your bouldering fix.
San Diego’s own Netflix-famous brand The Gluten Free Baking Company (anyone else catch Sugar Rush?) is moving from wholesale to retail, and it’s safe to say we’re excited. In February, they’re opening their first brick-and-mortar bakery in North Park, where they’ll be dishing out all of your bready favorites, like cinnamon rolls, bagels, and cupcakes, all made without even a hint of gluten.
Point Loma coffee shop fave, Local Krave, has officially opened the doors to its second location in Pacific Beach! Known for its famous Kraveman Coffee (a comforting blend of house coffee, grass-fed butter, organic coconut oil, honey, and cream), nourishing breakfast sandwiches, and drool-worthy acai bowls, this spot is perfect for pre-beach day fuel.
With the recent announcement of F45 Training’s plans to open a seaside spot on Coronado, it’s clear the boutique brand is planning a full-on takeover of the SD fitness scene. But hey, we’re not complaining — we’ll take a new place to sweat it out before some beach hangs. While you wait for the doors to open, why not crush some burpees and box jumps at one of the Aussie-born functional fitness gym’s nearly 20 other San Diego spaces.
Downtown’s Yoga One is heading to the hills with the opening its second location in early spring. Get ready for all of the yoga classes you already love, plus community and wellness events in a picturesque studio decked out with natural light, free parking, and canyon views. Namaste, ya’ll.
Plant-based foodies, we’ve got a new spot for you to hit up. Introducing The Plot, a recently-opened restaurant in Oceanside that’s far from your average meat-free affair. The reason? You won’t find any processed foods here, as the health-focused eatery makes all of its plant-based proteins (think chicken, burgers, and more) in-house. Did we mention it’s also San Diego’s first zero-waste restaurant? We’ll make the drive up the coast for this place any day.
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.