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Published Tuesday Feb 11, 2020 by Fitt

The Inside Scoop on Denver’s Wellness Scene

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.
 

snow lodge
Source: Snow Lodge Instagram

Snow Lodge  

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. 

 

alchemy 365
Source: Alchemy 365 Facebook

Alchemy 365 expansion  

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. 

 

Sweetgreen
Source: Sweetgreen Facebook

Sweetgreen opening two locations in Denver this year 

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. 

 

Trufusion
Source: Trufusion Facebook

TruFusion opening   

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. 

 

Daybreaker
Source: Daybreaker Facebook

Daybreaker on tour

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. 

 

Grow + Gather
Source: Grow + Gather Facebook

Grow + Gather  

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. 

 

Wellness Sushi
Source: Wellness Sushi Denver Facebook

Wellness Sushi  

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.

 

Blue Sparrow Coffee
Source: Blue Sparrow Coffee Facebook

Blue Sparrow  

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. 

 

Lacuna Juice
Source: Lacuna Juice and Yoga Facebook

Lacuna Juice and Yoga

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! 

 

Third Culture Bakery
Source: Third Culture Bakery Facebook

Third Culture Bakery  

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. 

 

AKT Denver
Source: AKT (Cherry Creek) Facebook

AKT  

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! 

 

Piante Pizzeria
Source: Piante Pizzeria Facebook

Piante Pizzeria  

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! 

 

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Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

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.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

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.

What wellness means to the pros

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

Putting wellness into action

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.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.