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If you’re one of the millions who are choosing to stay home right now, you know that isolation can feel, well, isolating. For those of us living outside of our hometown, like myself, it can be even more challenging to access the usual comfort of being at home. I’ve been living in San Diego for six months now and still feel myself settling into my west coast community. A big question I’ve been asking myself is, “how can I create a feeling of familiarity as a transplant who still feels foreign?” In other words, what are some ways I can establish a sense of community and comfort without being able to explore my new city? Here are some things I’ve come up with that are making staying in my house feel like being home.
Coming together around the dining room table is an experience that’s been elevating social wellness for thousands of years. Growing up, sitting down to have dinner as a family was an important piece of my home life. Since traveling of any kind is currently off the table (or is it?), gathering with family is an impossible task. We’ve instituted virtual family meals over Zoom that transport me right back to my seat at the table.
Moving to a new city means leaving behind your family, friends, and favorite instructors. While it’s been a blast to work up a sweat trying all the local studios in San Diego, I still have a huge place in my heart for my hometown teachers. One of the hardest parts about leaving New York was knowing I'd have to replace my regular yoga schedule at Hudson Yoga Project with a new one. But over the last few weeks, they’ve rolled out virtual classes that help me feel like I'm right back in the studio with my favorite east coast instructors. All I have to do is book on Mindbody, open my computer, and roll out my mat. Win-win, right? If you want to check out the virtual classes your hometown has to offer, just set your location and start exploring.
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Shopping at small businesses is an awesome way to immerse yourself into a new community. Though you may not be able to sit down for some corner eats or shop for a new work-from-home wardrobe at your local boutique, there are plenty of ways to support your local business owners from the comfort of your own home.
Call in a takeout order from a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try and strike up a conversation with the staff. Let them know you’ll be in once they’re back to business as usual. Donate your piggy bank funds to your favorite shop. Shop online from your local boutiques. Kick it up a notch by sharing your support on social media, letting them know you’re grateful for their communal contribution.
If you’re on social media, odds are you’ve stumbled upon friends challenging one another to different quarantine activities. Workout buddies usually make showing up for your fitness routine way easier. With the rise of virtual fitness, it’s easy to corral friends from near and far to join in on your fitness schedule. Share a link to your Mindbody virtual class and snapshot your workout in action. Nominate your workout pals from across the country and keep the movement up from city to city. Hint: Tag @mindbody in your WFH workout stories for a chance to be featured!
Modern technology keeps it pretty easy to stay in touch with friends between Zoom, texting, and social media. However, nothing feels as personal as a handwritten letter. I ordered some postcards from one of my favorite local shops and wrote letters to my friends with a list of what makes them so amazing. This kind of reflection is a great reminder of what a strong, loving community you’ve already got under your belt.
Remember that social distancing doesn’t mean diminishing community. Follow us on Instagram @mindbody to stay connected with our like-minded community. Have an exciting way of finding comfort in your home away from hometown? Give us a shout and we’ll spread the word.
Want to support local salons? Browse Mindbody to find one near you, then head to their website to see if you can purchase products or gift cards!
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!