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Orchids and other indoor, household plants are the stars of this small, nondescript warehouse on Overland Avenue. The family-operated Pac 8 Orchids provides arrangements ranging from smaller, single stem plants to massive three-pronged centerpieces, each prepared on premises and by hand. Along with the titular flowers, Pac 8 carries all the necessary accoutrements, such as wood chips, topsoil and handmade planters and pots for both large and small settings. Flowers at every point of their life cycle are found here, from seedlings to full bloom, sporting the sort of natural hues that can brighten up any room of a house or apartment – and rival the prices found at the downtown Flower District.
A favorite haunt for droves of diet-conscious movie stars, RAW is the vegan, organic, and?yes?raw culinary project of celebrity chef and showrunner Juliano Brotman. Juliano specializes in progressive, healthy spins on pretty much every kind of food?his menu encompasses pizza, burritos, sushi, pasta, French fries, and more? but his take on the All-American cheeseburger might be his piece de resistance. For starters, he molds patties out of mushrooms, almonds, walnuts, and sunflower seeds. Then, he brackets the organic burgers with wafer-thin, sun-baked bread smothered in mayonnaise forged from macadamia nuts and garnished with made-from-scratch mustard, onions, tomatoes, and avocado. According to Juliano, the delicious creation "is really just a salad in disguise."
RAW does not stop at globe-tracing cuisine; the team also doles out a medley of nourishing, ecologically responsible beverages. Herbal enzyme elixirs pack ingredients such as lemon grass, gingko, and elder flowers into lip-smacking potions. Their organic, vegan, biodynamic wines are all made with certified organic grapes, and blended cocktails such as their trio of honey-sweetened daiquiris let guests indulge themselves with little guilt. They also swirl smoothies out of organic, locally acquired produce. These can be imbued with super-boosts, such as bee pollen for B-vitamins or protein powder to help clients bench-press a forklift.
When The Yoga Underground's four passionate instructors aren't shopping for shoes, watching the sun rise while hiking up Mount Timp, or partaking in the great American pastime of wearing crazy socks, they're hitting the mat to teach students how to build physical strength and emotional wellness. Although they consider themselves students of the ancient practice of yoga, they aren't afraid to add some modern twists into the Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga traditions, such as incorporating core-bolstering moves from Pilates and, according to instructor Brittany, playing "really awesome music." They offer an octet of lighthearted, yet challenging classes, which includes two fast-paced kick-asana classes, a primary series, and a lunchtime yoga session that accommodates working yogis on the go.
Ease into the day with a 6:45 a.m. Vinsyana yoga class with rising-sun salutations on Mondays or empower your prettiest part with a belly-dance class on Thursdays. Hula-hoop dance and urban hip-hop bring rhythm, grace, and choreography into any weekly routine or routine of salvaging dryer lint to stuff a spare mattress. New classes are added to The Spot's schedule about every six weeks, so fast learners can mix and match their five to master the fancy footwork of a wide array of dances (all classes must be redeemed within five weeks of attending the first session.)