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LA’s wellness scene has never been better. But with so much going on, it can be hard to keep up. That’s where we come in. Consider this your official guide to all the latest and greatest health and fitness happenings going down in the city.
Let the countdown begin! We’re psyched to share that local boutique boxing studio BoxUnion is opening a new location in Sherman Oaks. The expansion marks their third area studio, and while details are still sparse, we’re sure you can expect the same high-intensity, beats-based workouts that have made them an LA favorite. Keep an eye on their Instagram for updates.
It’s no secret that plant-based eateries are growing in number, and Plant Power Fast Food is no exception. The vegan chain is taking over a former Carl’s Jr. location in Fountain Valley, opening its third LA-area digs in 2020. From The Big Zac burger to their perfectly-crispy ‘chicken’ nuggets, dairy-free milkshakes, and breakfast bites, the new spot will be slinging all your favorites. Not in the neighborhood? Check out their other restaurants in Long Beach and Redlands.
Four locations are better than three and local climbing gym Sender One Climbing Gym thinks so, too. That’s why they’re not stopping with the opening of their first bouldering-only facility in Playa Vista in 2020. Nope, they plan to continue expanding, eyeing a second bouldering gym (and their fourth location) in Westwood Village in 2021. We know — we’re also stoked.
Spread the news — Remedy Place, a new social wellness center in WeHo, is officially open! Stop by and treat yourself to the ultimate in luxury self-care. We're talking meditation sessions, a cryotherapy chamber, infrared sauna, IV drips, healthy eats, and more. It has everything you need to live a balanced life.
The truly one-of-a-kind fitness studio PLATEFIT is now officially open in Venice, and we couldn’t be happier! The location marks their fifth in the area, so you can now hit up their muscle-burning Power Plate and interval-focused classes all across LA (well, almost). Fitt Tip: grip socks are required, but if you don’t own any, they’ve got you.
Matthew Kenney has been quietly taking over LA, and his newest spot just opened in Long Beach. Introducing Hungry Angelina, a lunch and brunch concept (we’ve heard dinner may be in the works) whipping up a variety of delicious, unsuspectingly plant-based, dishes. From sushi to flatbreads, burgers, and bao buns, plus an incredible selection of handcrafted cocktails, there’s a flavor for every taste.
Start perfecting your headbang, Fitt fam. Plant-based pop-up The Vegan Hooligans has landed a permanent space in DTLA. That’s right — our go-to spot for vegan burgers, wings, sandwiches, and shakes recently announced they’re planning to open a brick-and-mortar diner and they’re revamping their menu in preparation. So, get ready for tons of punk music and new breakfast items, along with a few classics, like their mouth-watering crunchwraps and Hooligan Melts.
Get ready to sweat and sculpt because a brand new fitness studio has opened on the east side. Introducing Made By Pilates in Highland Park, a bright and airy boutique space featuring muscle-burning, Reformer-based Pilates classes. Reserve your spot and welcome this local business!
Kreation Organic Juicery, our go-to for inventive concoctions, good-for-you snacks, and more, just went live with their avocado toast bar for all you #avoholics out there. Stop by and sink your teeth into crunchy innovations, like the Greek Goddess, the Papi Chulo, and—our favorite—the Kreate Your Own, piled high with all sorts of delicious ingredients. It’s currently available at their new La Cienega location, but will be coming soon to Kreations around town!
Prepare to move and groove your way through your sweat session because 305 Fitness classes have landed at Studio B by Bandier in WeHo. Instructors Tom Feeney and Divinity Gaines are ready to help you start your day feeling your best with their dance-cardio workout party. Check out the schedule to try out the new addition for yourself!
A beloved restaurant group has opened a new health-conscious concept in Los Feliz: Kismet Rotisserie. The third location in the Kismet fam, the dine-in and takeaway spot features a mouthwatering menu of roasted chicken dishes, salads, spreads, dips, pitas, and all sorts of veggies (we’re looking at you, turmeric cauliflower). And if you’re feeding the whole crew, they also offer a chicken party pack.
Alright, Brentwood, we hope you’re ready to upgrade your avo toast game because Bluestone Lane’s latest location has arrived. Situated in the Wells Fargo building on the corner of San Vincente and Wilshire boulevards, the new cafe is serving up the same quality coffee, wellness-inspired drinks (hey, beet latte), and healthy brunch bites the brand is known for — all with a side of friendly, Aussie vibes, of course.
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.