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Get pumped, because Kaleidoscope Juice is making its East Valley debut! The local juice bar chain opened its seventh location this month in downtown Gilbert. Stop in for a wide variety of smoothies, bowls, “things on toast”, fresh-pressed juices, and gluten-free tasty treats (hello, protein waffles with coconut whipped cream).
Prep & Pastry, a Tuscon-based breakfast, brunch, and lunch franchise, opened its first location in the Valley!** **The Scottsdale eatery specializes in elevated traditional dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients. For those keeping it vegan, consider the chickpea scramble served with seasonal veggies and jalapeño-tomato jam or the sweet breakfast bowl of acai yogurt topped with bruléed bananas and shaved coconut.
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The gyms just keep on coming. Now it’s Fitness 1440 in Gilbert, the franchise’s second location in Phoenix (with others coming soon to Scottsdale, Chandler, and Casa Grande). With group fitness classes, personal training, cardio equipment, an outdoor training facility, and 24-hour access, it’s a top sweat experience for sure. Fitness 1440 also puts a huge emphasis on truly integrating a gym into the community and giving back to help local charitable programs. Through their partnership with Sweat Angels, every time you check in at your local Fitness 1440 gym on Facebook, a donation is made to a featured charity.
The beginning of the decade saw a huge wave of new restaurant openings across the Valley. Need fresh ideas for date night? Head over to Bamboo Sushi, now open in Biltmore Fashion Park. Known for its focus on sustainability, Bamboo Sushi is upfront about where it sources its fish, as well as calculating their overall carbon footprint. And in addition to a large variety of specialty sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi, the menu also boasts a lengthy list of vegetarian dishes. From vegetable tempura to the “Green Machine” roll served with tempura green beans and avocado, there’s a lot to choose from. Fitt Tip: don’t miss their weekday happy hour from 3–6pm for deals!
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Named for the six different types of classes offered, YogaSix is emerging in Phoenix as a yoga studio with serious variety. Start off with Y6 101 or Y6 Slow Flow to revisit fundamentals or build your understanding of the poses. To kick it up a notch, get your sweat on with the Y6 Hot and Y6 Power, or focus on building muscle with Y6 Sculpt & Flow class that combines the best of yoga and weight training. Already in Gainey Village, now they’re bound for Scottsdale-Shea! Oh, and another location is also in the works for Kierland.
Hey, Pilates people — The Workshop Pilates is now open in Scottsdale! Whether you’re new to the reformer or a seasoned veteran, this studio is ready to be your new go-to. With four different types of group classes, private sessions, and monthly community workshops, there’s something at The Workshop that’ll strengthen, tone, and lengthen muscles all over your body. Fitt Tip: your first class is also free!
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EōS Fitness continues their takeover of the Valley with a new location in Glendale at 59th St. and Thunderbird Rd. The gym is expected to open for regular business early this year, but for now, those interested can visit the enrollment center to learn more about the facilities, details about membership, and even sign up for a free trial. Here’s what we know, though: the 55,000-square-foot-fitness center will offer a huge variety of amenities, from group fitness classes and cardio equipment to a full-size pool and hydromassage. Stay tuned for other new locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, and Chandler, too.
While we may have over-eagerly mentioned in the October newsletter that they were opening in November, CycleBar is officially open in Gilbert, and there’s a lot to be excited about! During the grand opening week, which started this past Tuesday, you can sign up to get three free rides for free via Gilbert location’s website. CycleBar’s signature high-energy classes run all day, beginning bright and early at 5:30am, ending with the last class at 5:45 pm.
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This former Uptown Farmers Market fave opened a brick-and-mortar back in October, but we can’t resist talking about it! The holy trinity at North Phoenix’s Persepshen is local, organic, and sustainable — they know the best food is food that’s made with fresh ingredients, an open fire, attention to detail, and a welcoming atmosphere. Everything on the menu is made from scratch, and all food waste is composted. Open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday, it’s the epitome of clean eating, and luckily for customers, it’s also incredibly delicious. Whether you go light with the wood-roasted oyster mushrooms or hearty with the bone-in pork chop, you really can’t go wrong.
The holidays are over and your S/O’s family has finally gone home (was it even a break?), which can only mean one thing: it’s time to treat yourself to some much-needed self-care. So, take a breather, book a massage, start every day with an avocado toast, and try out a new workout. No matter how you choose to celebrate, there's no better time for a reset.
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We have to spotlight one of our favorite juice shops in Scottsdale for their early-2020 flex. We always love Juice Core for 100% organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies made with local ingredients. But right now, Juice Core is offering 20% off their signature cleanses until the end of the month!
The fitness revolution we’ve been talking about is finally here! Classes at the Row House Hilton Village begin on January 13. At the center of every class at Row House is a dedication to developing core strength and improving endurance on the rower (aka erg). Think you’ll be just rowing for 45 minutes? Nope. Your intervals will also work in dumbbells and yoga for a well-rounded fitness experience.
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