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From new healthy eats to fitness studio expansions, there’s no stopping Denver’s wellness scene. Lucky for you, we’ve kept tabs on all the need-to-know developments so you won’t miss a beat.
The folks behind the bougie Surf Lodge in the Hamptons are heading to the mountains with a similar concept. Snow Lodge is popping up this winter (December 26 to April 26) with fresh, local eats and sips at the base of Aspen Mountain. Surf Lodge chef Robert Seiber headed to Aspen himself to oversee the menu and load it up with the best of what’s in season and what locals like to nosh. The menu changes frequently, but expect plates filled with everything from seared river-caught fish to vegan “cheese” fondue.
Another week, another sweat spot opening! Minnesota-based Alchemy 365 has officially opened its second Colorado studio. The boutique gym that fuses strength, yoga, and cardio into a full-body workout set up shop at 41st and Tennyson in Berkeley in January. Be one of the first to get in on the action and score a discounted founding membership.
Rumors have been swirling around the city that super-healthy, scratch-made salad chain Sweetgreen is headed our way. And now we’ve got more scoop—Sweetgreen has secured two Denver locations! They’ll be serving up their epic salads at 275 St. Paul in Cherry Creek and at The Coloradan (1750 Wewatta) in LoDo. Timing and more details are still TBD, but it’s definitely a cause for excitement.
Backed by the likes of A-Rod and J.Lo, a brand-new spot to sweat is headed our way. TruFusion, a boutique concept that started in Vegas and is rapidly expanding across the country, is now bringing the heat to the new 9 & CO. development at 9th and Colorado. Variety is the spice of life to the studio, as they offer more than 65 class formats, everything from bootcamp, cycling, and battle ropes to TRX, yoga, and barre. Expect an early 2020 opening.
The folks who made dancing at dawn cool are hitting the road. That’s right—Daybreaker is taking their healthy dose of mischief on tour. But this isn’t any old tour. Daybreaker is hitching a ride with Oprah to bring the party (and possibly some yoga) to her 2020 Vision Tour, including acting as the pre-show hype at the Pepsi Center on March 7.
A brand new 12,000-square-foot urban farm, eatery, and marketplace has taken over Bill’s Auto Service on Old South Hampden—it’s called Grow + Gather. Expect a celebration of all things local with a greenhouse, restaurant, coffee shop, artisan market, and event space. While there’s still some work to be done on the facility, the eatery, dubbed The Feedery Kitchen and Market, is open for breakfast, lunch, coffee, and some grab-and-go grocery shopping.
If you love sushi but hate the whole raw fish part, then we’ve got just the solution for you: vegan sushi. You read that right—Wellness Sushi has started rolling plant-based sushi in Denver. Founded by a former sushi chef and his wife, the healthy hot spot debuted at a pop-up in November at Alternation Brewing Co., but you can find it now at Choice Market and Nooch Vegan Market. Oh, and they also offer catering and delivery.
CBD is popping up at all our favorite restaurants, including cozy coffee spot Blue Sparrow. In addition to coffee and kombucha, they’ve got Sträva CBD coffee on tap. And if you haven’t been able to find space in their RiNo shop, then get excited because Blue Sparrow has opened up a second location. Check them out on the ground floor of the Circa building at 1615 Platte St.
Practice a little #selfcare this year with an energizing flow and super healthy sips. Lacuna combines a yoga studio and juice bar under one sweet roof, and it's rolling out nourishing new menu items! Even better, everything is organic, vegan, and free of dairy and gluten, so you can nosh away no matter your restrictions or preferences!
A brand-new bakery is headed our way from Berkeley (the one in California, not the Highlands). Third Culture Bakery serves up better-for-you baked donuts, plus premium matcha, and their famous Mochi Muffin. Why do we like ’em? Because they care a whole lot about what they put (and don’t put) in their goods. The shop in the Aurora Cultural Arts District will be their first non-California outpost, and you can expect to start seeing the goodies by this summer.
It hasn’t been long since AKT dropped into Cherry Creek. And it didn’t take them any time at all to realize that Denver is digging what they do. Now, the dance fitness brand created by celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser is opening a second location in RiNo! Get ready to break a sweat, bust a move, and tone all the things. Stay tuned for presale opps and an opening date!
A Breck-born pizza spot has built quite a following from the plant-based crowd in Summit County, and they’re about to spread the love. Piante Pizzeria is bringing its vegan pizza to Denver! Get ready for New York-style, wood-fired pizzas with organic, local, and seasonal toppings, homemade sauces, dairy-free cheeses (like smoked cashew mozzarella and house-made ricotta), and meat-free options like shiitake mushroom bacon. They're easing into Denver with a series of pop-ups before opening the door to their brick-and-mortar spot, but stay tuned for the location and opening date!
For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.
This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal.
You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.
As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.
Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.
The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.
A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.
The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.
The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.
Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.
Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th.
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