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We all kinda wish we could have a second home in the mountains. A place to kick back or crash, store some gear, and maybe even shoot off a few emails between ski runs or after a hike. We can’t help you with real estate, but we just might have the next best thing. Denver, meet Gravity Haus, a Breckenridge coworking community that is as focused on wellness as it is on function.
Gravity Haus was born from the brain of Galvanize founder Jim Deters. The creative entrepreneur clearly has a pulse on what people are looking for at the intersection of work, wellness, community, and hospitality. So, why not put them all under the same roof? He did, and this space seems to have thought of everything.
Sitting at the base of Peak 9 in Breck, Gravity Haus is setting out to be the ultimate social house for the modern adventurer, no matter the age or ability level. The wellness-focused space, which opened to the public on December 9, 2019, combines Starter Haus, a fully-equipped coworking space, with gear storage, social programming, eats and drinks, expert-guided excursions, and lodging on site.
But it’s not all about productivity and play. Gravity Haus also is a place to refuel and recharge. Get ready to veg out and zen out at the mountain-side Japanese-inspired onsen with four hot tubs, one cold tub, and one dry sauna. Train or recover at Dryland Sports, the high-tech fitness center with a full recovery studio (and NormaTec compression sleeves!). You can also grab some healthy eats at Cabin Juice, a restaurant for health nuts and foodies that serves nutrient-dense eats to fuel and satisfy. You’ll then have the option to top it all off with a cup from Unravel Coffee, a sustainably-focused coffee shop already serving Southeast Denver.
And if you’re looking to stay the night, know that this Haus has rooms, too. They’re upscale, but true to the Gravity Haus goal of being accessible to all, they are designed to be shared if you want (hello, queen bunk beds!). Think Airbnb meets hostel, as the Gravity Haus team explained to Fitt.
Want a little try-before-you-buy experience before heading up to the mountains? Check out Denver’s own Dryland Sports and Unravel Coffee (who are actually neighbors), which serves as the inspiration and blueprint for their Breck counterparts.
And looking forward, sales director Dave Northrop told us Breck is just the beginning. Jim and his team plan to replicate this model in ski and surf towns around the world. But for now, they’re staying close to home, slopeside, as they scope out their next properties: Vail and Winter Park. Look out for Vail Mountain Lodge and The Sundowner Motel to be reborn as this innovative mountain social house in late 2020.
Breck, Vail, or Winter Park—wherever you visit—Gravity Haus is guaranteed to be the most wholesome aprés around.
February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society. As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.
While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support.
Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.
The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.
At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads.
Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.
Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins.
Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days.
Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.
Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well!