11 St. Louis businesses that focus on self-care for a fresh start to the new year
The New Year is always a great time to set your intentions for the future. Whether you’re looking for some delicious, nutrient-rich food and drinks, a healthy medicine alternative or some self-care at a spa, these local businesses will help you reach your goals.
Fresh Thyme Market at City Foundry STL
Get a fresh start to your year at Fresh Thyme Market! Proudly located at City Foundry STL, Fresh Thyme is your new neighborhood grocery store. They’re focused on bringing fresh, affordable and local products to Midtown St. Louis and beyond. You’ll love the full grocery selection, meat and deli counters, as well as the extensive natural and organic options. Be sure to visit the in-store café, home to Iron Drop, which features artisanal scratch-made biscuits and carefully curated craft roasted coffee menus, and Ace Sushi with delicious sushi made fresh daily, hot food options and boba tea. Check out the $5 sushi rolls every Thursday.
Fresh Thyme’s food doesn’t only look, smell and taste good – it’s also good for you. Get all the nutrients you need and all the flavors you crave while supporting trusted partners, brands and farmers. Shop confidently and let your appetite guide the way knowing that every item in the store has been hand-selected with care.
Stop by the natural living section this January for a sale on vitamins and body care, when you can get 30% off all those items in the store from Jan. 5 to 11, 2022 – take advantage of this amazing deal!
3701 Foundry Way, Suite 201, St. Louis, 314.597.4400, freshthymefoundry.com
Fresh Gatherings Cafe + Farm at Saint Louis University
Fresh Gatherings Cafe + Farm is a student-run cafe operated by the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics that is open to the public and located on SLU's Medical Campus. The cafe sources from its organic urban farm on campus and from local farmers and growers in Missouri and Illinois. It is open for breakfast and lunch with a full-service coffee bar. Fan favorites include oat milk lattes, breakfast burritos and croissants, but there are also daily hot lunch specials, grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, soups and baked goods. Fresh Gatherings Cafe + Farm exemplifies SLU’s Jesuit principles in support of development of the whole person. They believe in the value of good food to nourish the mind, body and spirit. The leading program in nutrition and culinary arts allows students to combine their two passions into a career.
3404 Rutger St., St. Louis, freshgatheringscafe.com, @freshgatherings, @slunutrition1818
Fulfill Food & Beverages
Dr. Angela Zeng’s belief that “food is better medicine” prompted her to develop a line of great tasting, functional juices and smoothies using whole plant ingredients. She hopes to inspire customers' awareness of the possibilities of integrative and holistic medicine. From her delicious Karuna smoothies to her Karviva ACE Sport drinks and new Karviva Unwined alcohol-free wine alternative, each beverage is inspired by ancient wisdom and backed by modern science. The company’s wellness beverages offer a vast array of product benefits ranging from restoration of digestive and immune health with prebiotics and antioxidants to delivering clean protein and providing sustained energy. The drinks can be found in local stores including Schnucks, Whole Foods Market, Dierbergs, Straubs and Fresh Thyme.
Indigo Massage & Wellness
At Indigo Massage & Wellness, a soothing experience starts as soon as you walk in the door. Clients often tout how relaxing the space is with its gorgeous blue and green décor, defused lighting and pleasant aromas, as well as the comfortable seating and the professionalism of the staff. Choose from a range of services, from therapeutic massages, CBD facials and acupuncture to body wraps and reflexology. Join the Indigo wellness program for a monthly credit for a discounted therapeutic massage; this membership can even be shared with your partner. Plan ahead for Valentine's Day and book a massage or get a couples massage gift card. In addition, all staff members at Indigo are fully vaccinated to help put your worried mind at ease.
1901 Arsenal St., St. Louis; 7200 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.276.9882, indigomassagetherapy.com
Jane Dispensary is a medical cannabis boutique on the Delmar Loop that provides a sophisticated experience while educating the public and helping to remove the stigma of cannabis, which can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Marijuana has a plethora of health benefits and particularly helps with inflammation – both in the general population and for those with inflammatory autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and many more. When aiming to reduce inflammation with cannabis, it’s imperative to choose a product with a high CBD to THC ratio as CBD is the most effective anti-inflammatory cannabinoid. Stop by the Jane storefront to speak with a cannabis consultant to find the best products to meet your needs.
6662 Delmar Blvd., University City, janedispensary.com
Lona’s Lil Eats
If you enjoy Asian soul food with a flare but want to indulge in a healthy manner, Lona’s Lil Eats’ homestyle meals are light yet satisfying and keep your body fueled all day long. There are plenty of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options, and customization is encouraged. Sauces – which range from sweet or savory to sour or spicy – provide full-bodied flavors, and any entree can be made into a salad if you’re trying to work more veggies into your diet. Plus, everything is made fresh with no preservatives or MSG. To up your antioxidant intake, complete your meal with the vast selection of teas, from green and white to oolong and black.
2199 California Ave., St. Louis, 314.925.1888, lonaslileats.com
Instead of setting impossible goals loaded with sacrifice and compromise, how about you just “eat more plants more often?” Rootberry is St. Louis’ new plant-powered food company that features a rotating menu of chef- and nutritionist-developed entrees, shareables and desserts that are ready to eat or heat in minutes. Get well with these restaurant-quality, nutrient-dense meals such as Rootberry’s shepherd's pie, winter squash risotto, Aztec enchiladas, tikka masala and more. And, while Rootberry offers salads, they are totally unexpected like Spring Roll In A Bowl or the soy-ginger superfood salad. The best part? Rootberry is available for delivery to your home or office. Visit their website, choose what sounds good to you, select your delivery day and time, and enjoy. (No subscription required, BTW.) You can also find it in the prepared foods section in the deli of all Dierbergs Markets. Rootberry is a local company making delicious food that’s not just good for you – it’s good for the planet too. So don’t worry about being vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian this year – simply enjoy eating great food … that just happens to be 100% plant-based.
St. Louis, rootberry.com
Finding healthy options outside the city can sometimes be a challenge, but Source Juicery lets you enjoy the convenience of clean eating on the go. And with the pandemic still surging, there’s never been a better time to focus on staying healthy. Source offers a plethora of nutritious grab-and-go options, from cold-pressed juice and wellness shots to nut milks, smoothies, salads and breakfast staples like oats and parfaits. Try a one- to three-day juice cleanse with the option to add meal packs or protein packs like grilled chicken and power bites. All items are gluten-free, and there are many vegan options too. Source offers an easy online ordering system with curbside pickup or contactless home delivery to the Edwardsville area. Walk-in ordering is also welcome.
228 N. Main St., Edwardsville, 618.650.9080, sourcejuicery.com
Terrabis is a medical cannabis dispensary in O’Fallon, Hazelwood, Creve Coeur, Springfield and Kansas City. Did you know a research study on cannabis and physical activity was published in Frontiers in Public Health? It found that 80% of cannabis consumers mix cannabis and exercise. 78% say it increases enjoyment. 70% say it boosts recovery, and 52% say it motivates them to exercise. Healthy living and supporting an active lifestyle is everything we’re about. The name Terrabis combines the word Terra, which stands for Planet Earth, and the word Bis, which are the last three letters of their favorite plant, cannabis. Together, Terrabis stands for a healthy planet and represents their adventurous spirit. They encourage you to #ExploreMore of the outdoors, as well as their products, to live a healthier and happier life.
Multiple locations. terrabis.co, @terrabis_hq
The Healing Hamsa
When it comes to healthy lifestyles, self-care is a vital aspect that should not fall to the wayside. The Healing Hamsa is a place where medical aesthetics meet magical experiences with treatments ranging from a variety of facials and chemical peels to microneedling and beyond. Wellness weekends, private events and couples experiences are also available, and the Healing Hamsa is extremely proud to be inclusive and prides itself on the continuing education to serve clients of all ethnic backgrounds. In addition, the spa provides robes, cozy slippers and bottomless beverages while you wait for your treatment(s) to begin. So next time you’re needing a little extra self-care, come check out this business built on high-end experiences and an emphasis on being able to retreat and relax.
4400 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, 314.450.8399, healinghamsa.com
The Pasta House Co.
The Pasta House Co. has long been synonymous with Italian food in St. Louis as it’s celebrating 48 years in business, but did you know the home of the golden toasted ravioli also has a variety of healthy options? From an assortment of salads and vegetable-forward dishes like eggplant parmigiano to an entire gluten-free menu, Pasta House aims to offer something for everyone. Try a family meal starting at just $29.99 that includes pasta, their famous salad, toasted ravioli and bread and butter. At Pasta House, you can dine in, order takeout for curbside pickup, or even get delivery. For larger parties, inquire about catering options.
Multiple locations, pastahouse.com
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