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Watch out, green juice; there’s some competition in town. While medicinal mushrooms have been a part of the health and wellness scene for decades, it’s only within the past few years that they’ve made their way to the mainstream (i.e., Whole Foods).
And here in LA, it’s not uncommon to spot a mushroom drink or two on a menu at your local coffee shop or eatery. But nothing says “here to stay” quite like the Shroom Room, Four Sigmatic’s cafe dedicated solely to these mysterious ancient fungi.
Unlike psychedelic mushrooms, medicinal mushrooms have no hallucinogenic effects (sorry, not sorry). Instead, their power lies in their well-studied health benefits — and there are a lot of them. These superfoods are packed with antioxidants and have been shown to increase energy, lower cholesterol, and even give your immune system a boost.
But that’s not all. Many medicinal mushroom varieties are also considered to be adaptogens — substances and herbs used to help the body deal with stress. And that’ll come in handy when you have a looming work deadline or are mentally preparing for your daily drive on the 405.
Four Sigmatic got its start when founder Tero Isokauppila quit his draining corporate job to start a company based on his passions (#goals) — mushrooms and health. It’s nothing new for him, though — Four Sigmatic has been successfully selling mushroom-based products since 2012. Think coffee, wellness elixirs, lattes, adaptogen powders, and more.
Just getting into the mushroom game? Try the Mushroom Coffee with Lion’s Mane. It’s one of Four Sigmatic’s most popular products and features a blend of coffee, Lion’s Mane, Chaga, and Rhodiola Root, which can be easily added to hot water or a smoothie for natural, all-day energy without all the coffee jitters.
Luckily for Angelenos, we have a place where we can score these awesome shrooms IRL. Tucked away on Abbot Kinney Blvd., the Shroom Room is Four Sigmatic’s first-ever retail space and mushroom cafe designed to resemble a birch tree forest (birthplace of the Chaga mushroom). The space is bright and inviting despite its noticeably small size — cozy might be the right word.
And if you don’t know a thing about mushrooms, no worries. The employees here are well-versed on everything mushroom and are more than happy to help you choose the best product to meet your needs. Still unsure? You can test the waters with some samples to find the blend for you.
Fitt Tip: Out of respect for its incredible employees, the Shroom Room has flexible hours. So before you make the trip out to Venice, we recommend calling ahead to make sure they’re open.
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.