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It seems like everyone is looking for more ways to sneak in self-care these days. Whether that’s a five-minute meditation, a mid-morning matcha, or a jog with your dog in the park, showing your body and brain some love is a trend we’re all talking about.
So, naturally, brands are jumping on board to help you show yourself some love. And now there’s a new one in the neighborhood. Meet Soul Community Planet, creator of a health-minded hotel in Colorado Springs. SCP is bringing together wellness, work, community, and sustainability, all under one roof. They call it holistic hospitality. We call it genius.
At its core, SCP Hotel is a 176-room eco-conscious accommodation just off of I-25 S. After pouring $6M into renovating the former Knights Inn property, the end result that opened in 2018 can hardly be considered “just a hotel."
Book a stay, and you’ll see that they make it easy for you to do work in more ways than one. You can pop open your laptop at SCP Commons, a creative co-working space with communal desks, private meeting rooms, speedy WiFi, a few hammocks, and plenty of local coffee.
And then, when you need a break from your work, you can work up a sweat at SCP Fit. Get moving on your own or with a trainer in their 5,000-square-foot fitness center or in one of the daily group fitness classes. Or you can slow down and direct that energy inward in their dedicated yoga and meditation rooms. Fitt Tip: you don’t need to be a hotel guest to attend classes; a drop-in to the popular Sunrise Yoga and Pilates classes is $15.
But this is vacay, after all. So, of course, there are plenty more ways to kick back, relax, and to make your stay both social and sustainable. You can grab some locally-sourced, “vegan-forward” eats at Provisions Market or soak in some views with a drink on The Rooftop pool deck. Need some adventure inspo? Check out one of their curated experiences to explore the area, from special fitness classes to an evening of jazz and jams. Then turn into your eco-chic room with plenty of (pet-friendly!) amenities.
So, pack your bags and check self-care off the list. Because SCP is here to show you that the mountains aren’t the only place to escape in Colorado.
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!