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Denver is packed with food halls and community marketplaces that focus on locally-crafted food and retail. And while they tend to give a nod to the healthy lifestyle, there hasn’t been one that focuses specifically on wellness. That is, until now. Denver, meet Nurture.
Inspired by the success of the food hall concept, Nurture co-founders Kelly Campbell, Nikki Dority, and Peter Strauss wanted to create a space where Denver’s health-conscious crowd could eat, sweat, relax, and shop—a space where you can be nurtured in every sense of the word, all under one roof.
Nurture is taking over a former school at 2949 Federal Blvd. in the Highlands. Come early 2020, the two-story, 20,000-square-foot building will be filled with vendors focused on all things wellness. There’ll be everything from acupuncture to massage along with holistically-minded beauty services and eco-friendly retail. A cafe will serve up healthy bites and a juice bar will press fresh sips.
It’s a place you’ll want to stay awhile, and they’re making it easy to do just that with lockers, showers, and even childcare on site for all to use. To add to the convenience, Nurture will also have its own app. You’ll be able to use it to book classes and services but also to order ahead food and drink. Have your favorite protein smoothie ready after your workout or order a cold brew coffee before you leave your house so that you can be ready to sip while you shop.
Nurture will be anchored by local cycling studio Rhythm Revolution. The brainchild of DJ and fitness guru Jasmine Anderson, Rhythm Revolution is a beat-based movement concept that spent several years spinning both wheels and records in a Park Hill studio, as well as at special events and retreats. With the end of the lease for the Park Hill studio on the horizon, the opportunity to join the Nurture community presented itself, and Jasmine jumped. Closing the doors on Park Hill, she was drawn to the unique concept and collaborative environment of the marketplace. “The owners have a deep-seeded belief in teamwork and elevating each other,” Jasmine told us. “Their vision aligns so well with what I’m doing with Rhythm Revolution and I’m just so excited to be part of it.”
Rhythm Revolution will comprise approximately 1,100 square feet of Nurture’s space and will offer the same lineup of classes that have afforded them such a following—hard-hitting cycling set to heavy beats, either alone or paired with yoga, HIIT, or strength training. You can expect a sweet sound system and intense lighting to add to the full-body and fully-immersive experience.
As of today, Nurture hasn't set an official opening date, but you can stay up to date on their progress—and some sneak peeks of their vendors—on Instagram.
To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.
Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.
If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.
Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.
Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.
Here’s what you all had to say.
According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.
I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.
Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.
Here’s what they had to say.
“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights
“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center
“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio
“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates
I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.
Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.