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Kombucha is one of those relentless trends that just seems to be getting better with age (yes, that was a fermentation joke). And while the probiotic-packed fermented tea has long been a staple among SD yogis and surfers, three local dudes are shaking up the booch scene, adding to its already mass appeal by upping the ABV.
JuneShine’s success didn’t happen overnight, though. It took months of experimentation and lots of trial and error with different types of yeast and flavor variations (don’t worry — there were plenty of surf breaks in between) before they were ready to introduce their craft sips to the public.
See, what sets JuneShine’s kombucha apart—aside from the 6% ABV—is their unique brewing process, which uses honey and green tea rather than more commonly used add-ins like black tea and sugar. The result? A smooth and tasty fermented adult beverage featuring high-quality, locally-sourced, organic ingredients and all sorts of antioxidants, probiotics, and vitamins.
Whether you stop by JuneShine’s OG brewery in North Park or their 25,000-square-foot production facility and tasting room in the former Ballast Point Scripps Ranch location, you’ll instantly understand why people can’t get enough of this place.
It could have something to do with the bright, minimalistic aesthetic, the plant-adorned walls, or the driftwood tap handles. But if you ask us, it has a lot more to do with the friendly, welcoming staff (don’t be surprised by the crew of bearded bros wearing rubber boots and well-loved beanies) and cozy, laid-back atmosphere that JuneShine is known for. Grab a seat at the bar or hunker down on the wicker couch in the back corner, either way, you’ll be greeted with a big smile and a generous pour (or six) of some of the best hard kombucha you’ve ever had.
On the menu at both tasting rooms, you’ll find a handful of familiar flavors like honey ginger lemon and acai berry, as well as some lesser-known varieties, such as the Midnight Painkiller, featuring activated charcoal and nutmeg. Hey, they like to do things differently around here. But if you’re looking for a recommendation, you can’t go wrong with the Hopical Citrus, a tangy, fizzy blend of light and fruity flavors.
Stop by JuneShine’s charming North Park location for an afternoon kombucha flight or make the trip to their Scripps Ranch space and post up on the patio with a bubbly booch in the San Diego sun. Either way, be sure to snag a few cans of their tasty hard kombucha on your way out the door. Oh, and keep an eye out for pop-ups, movie nights, and other happenings, as they’re in the habit of hosting community events on the regular.
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!