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The temperatures might have dipped, but things are heating up when it comes to tasty, fall flavored beverages—and no, we aren’t just talking about pumpkin spice lattes. Whether you’re all about that early morning espresso or are looking for an afternoon post-workout smoothie, we’ve got our top 10 favorite seasonal drinks served at some pretty cool and cozy spots around Denver (that won’t destroy your diet!).
Where: Corvus Coffee
Order: Auburn Latte
Cinnamon infused maple syrup + espresso and a cloud of frothy cream? Yes, please!
Where: Little Owl Coffee
Order: Pour-over coffee
Straightforward and smooth, give yourself a little extra time to enjoy while chatting up their knowledgeable baristas.
Where: Black Eye Coffee Shop
Never heard of it? We are all about sipping this tasty, texturized espresso and steamed milk beverage in this totally hip space.
Where: Teatulia Tea & Coffee Bar
Order: Ginger Spice Tea Latte
A warming blend of chamomile, fresh ginger, cayenne and vanilla, this tea latte is a delectable dream.
Where: The Corner Beet
Order: Earthroot Latte
Made with maca, cacao, honey, and 100% real coconut milk, this superfood latte is superb, especially after an afternoon workout.
Where: Metropolis Coffee
Order: Oat Dirty Chai Latte
Made with oat milk and chai, this drink is a perfectly delicious concoction. And did we mention their latte art is on point?
Where: The Juicing Tree
Order: Apple Pie Cold Pressed Juice
Made fresh daily, this juice just fits this chilly season. A blend of apples, vanilla and fall spices, your body will thank you.
Where: Vitality Bowls
Order: Pumpkin Smoothie
Did someone say pumpkin in a smoothie with acai, cinnamon, nutmeg and fruit? This drink is a must-have post-class.
Where: Happy Leaf Kombucha
Order: Cranberry Lavender Kombucha
A beautiful probiotic blend of cranberries and aromatic lavender, this refreshing booch is one of our fall favs any time of day.
Where: American Cultures Kombucha
Order: Kombucha mimosas
Situated in an open and inviting taproom, gather your friends, get cozy and don't feel guilty sipping on these new, oh-so-tasty boozy booch mimosas.
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.