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The Re-imagination of the Nightmare Before Tinsel

Craft Concepts Group and owner Teddy Sourias of Philadelphia’s Christmas Pop-up Bar Tinsel will open the Nightmare Before Tinsel (116 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) for the 2nd year in a row TODAY. This year, during the global pandemic, the former spooky season pop-up bar returns as a socially distanced haunted house, along with a new eatery next door Sueño, featuring traditional and fusion Mexican cuisine by Executive Chef Caroline Hough by with food, drink and art.

Society Hill

New and notable, Nightmare Before Tinsel will take on an asylum theme this year. Tinsel will also be a haunted restaurant with food, drink and art installations. Guests will purchase a ticket in advance and will have a set amount of time inside.

A brand-new haunted parklette will open outside with socially-distanced dining tables. Next door, look for a brand new restaurant to pair with Nightmare with cocktails, beer, wine and food which will also be sold to go legally out of a take-out window – while following all state and city guidelines.


To experience Nightmare before Tinsel guests must buy a time-ticketed experience ($15 to $20)

Ticket purchase includes:

1. Guest admission to Nightmare Before Tinsel

2. One complimentary beverage:
Choice of “Nightmare Cocktail,” a premium craft draft, a glass of wine or non-alchoholic beverage(Valid identification required for all adult beverages)

3. One complimentary dessert

Additional info:
*Masks are required and social distancing is enforced at this restaurant. Safety first!
*To reduce line wait guests are welcome to arrive up to a maximum 15 min prior to their ticket time to line up in a standing cue.

***Note: If you would like a table for seated dining we recommend reserving your table through Opentable.com.

What an amazing pivot this year for Nightmare before Tinsel during Covid19. Creating a minute scary moment, followed by delicious cocktails and light bites. I really enjoyed walking through the Halloween time capsule, which incorporated a lot of last year’s decor, but now it goes bump in the night. At the end you or a nearby ghoul will take that desired selfie for you to share this experience with your friends.

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Tea Time: Sofitel Opening Aug 6, With Afternoon Tea

I took this photo, all others were provided

Good Monday morning, hope you’re all well. I just walked by Sofitel last week and was going to note that after 3 months or so it seems to be preparing to open soon, when Aversa Pr sent over a press release with details of the Sofitel Philadelphia opening.

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square announced last week that the hotel will reopen its doors to hotel guests and visitors on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 11:00am. The luxury hotel that blends French elegance with American style will reopen for overnight stays for guests in 306 newly renovated elegant suites and 67 newly renovated luxurious suites, plus the stunning Presidential Suite. Banquet facilities will be open for limited private events in accordance with local and state guidelines. Hotel restaurants will remain closed at this time. Sofitel Philadelphia’s top priority remains the safety, care and well being of hotel guests and employees. At this moment, this means keeping guests and employees safe by preventing the spread of COVID-19 by partnering with top experts to implement new standards of safety and enhanced operational protocols and procedures which are among the most stringent in the hospitality industry. As part of the reopening plans, Sofitel Philadelphia is offering guests a buy one, get one free offer for a complimentary night stay with the purchase of an equal night stay.

“We are excited to share that Sofitel Philadelphia is reopening its doors as of August 6th,” said   Sofitel Philadelphia General Manager Angela Bauer. “We’ve missed you all and are thrilled to welcome our friends, family and community back into the hotel. As always, our hotel’s top priority remains the safety, care and well-being of our Sofitel Philadelphia family. Welcoming, safeguarding and taking care of others is at the very heart of what we do and who we are. Today, this means keeping our guests and employees safe by preventing the spread of COVID-19 by partnering with top experts to implement new standards of safety and enhanced operational protocols and procedures which are among the most stringent in the hospitality industry. We have missed being part of the Philadelphia community all of these months and we can’t wait to see you.”

The new operational standards being implemented at Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square and Accor properties across North and Central America were developed and vetted by a team of expert advisors to ensure maximum efficacy in preventing the spread of all viruses and pathogens, including COVID-19, with oversight by Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspections and certification; Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security & fellow with the Infectious Diseases Society of America; and Ruth Petran, Ph.D., CFS, Senior Corporate Scientist, Food Safety and Public Health, for Ecolab, global leaders in cleaning and hygiene, and trusted advisors to the CDC.

All Stay Well Program. Informative info on taking precautions for Covid19

We could all use a little tea time: I was also excited Sofitel Philadelphia was bringing their Afternoon Tea back as well. I’ve been to tea time, and as I’ve written here before I’m a big fan of Tea Sandwiches, scones and tea.

Starting August 1, 2020, Sofitel will be offering afternoon tea  for up to 10 Guests in our Magnifique Presidential Suite.

There are 3 seating’s a day, for up to 10 people $500 plus tax. Now that sounds like a good party. Check out more info here.

Sofitel Philadelphia Opens After 3 Month Closure because of Covid19
Although not every amenity of the hotel will be opening right away, but for the most part, it will be operational on most cylinders. For example, banquet facilities will be open for limited private events in accordance with local and state guidelines, but hotel restaurants will remain closed at this time.
Welcome Back Sofitel Philadelphia
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12 Restaurants We’re Eating at This Weekend

There’s finally good news about our favorite restaurants, they’re opening for pick up for with convenient hours in Ardmore, Center City, Old City and East Passyunk.

Ardmore

The Bercy  7 E. Lancaster Avenue Ardmore, PA 19003
The Bercy in Ardmore is officially back open in the heart of Downtown Ardmore. Owners Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich are teaming with Executive Chef David Jansen of Jansen in Mt. Airy to offer a Jansen Beach Boil and Take-over for this coming weekend. The Jansen Beach Boil presents by The Bercy is available for order with pick-up Friday-Sunday between 4pm-7pm . The package includes bread services with corn bread muffins and whipped honey butter, first course with Bread Service: corn bread muffins with whipped honey butter; first course with panzanella salad with heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto; main course with lobster tail, shrimp, mussels, andouille sausage, mini crab cakes, corn on the cob, marble potatoes; and dessert with a Key Lime Pie for $150 which feeds four people. Call to order 610-589-0500.
** The Bercy will be open for take-out and delivery Wednesday through Saturday with call ahead orders starting at 2pm and take-out hours 4-7pm those days – with menus, specials and pop-up collaborations posted on social media and their website.

Hunan – Opening May 14 for curbside takeout
47 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610-642-3050
Hunan will open on Thursday May 14th for takeout and pick up only. They’ll be open Thursdays through Saturdays with designated order times (advance orders only before 3pm) and a pick up window (between 4:30pm and 6:30pm).

John Henry’s Pub
Open Friday and Saturday 4pm-8pm each week for curbside takeout
98 Cricket Avenue
Ardmore, Pa 19003
610-726-9193
Menu: https://www.johnhenryspubofardmore.com/?page_id=64

Marokko – Open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-8pm each week starting May 12.  Orders placed by 1pm.
54 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610-658-6246
Menu: http://www.tastemarokko.com

Center City

Tradesman’s1322 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19107 (267) 457-3994

Craft Concepts Group and Teddy Sourias will re-open his popular Center City barbecue restaurant Tradesman’s at Chestnut and Juniper this weekend for take-out and delivery for food and beer. Delivery will be through GrubHub. Look for hours this Friday to Sunday and expanded hours and days moving forward. Find menus later today on social media and website. Hours and days will be seven days a week 3-8pm starting Thursday of this week. 
Look for BRU, Blume, Finn McCool’s and Uptown Beer Garden to also be back online and offering food and drink starting next week and following weeks with details to come. 

Old City

Nick’s Bar and Grille 16 South Second Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
215.928.9411
Nick’s Bar and Grille in Old City is now back open with your classic Philly, barbecue and comfort food favorites like the award-winning ground bacon burger, roast beef, roast pork, smoked chicken wings, mac n cheese bites and much more, plus cold beer for pick-up. The menu is now updated online for take-out and delivery Thursday to Sunday, 2pm to 9pm. This coming weekend look for smoked ribs for two with a full rack of ribs, mac n cheese, jalapeno cole slaw and cornbread for only $30 for Friday to Sunday. 

Tuna Bar 205 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-238-8862
Tuna Bar is offering take out on Fridays & Saturdays for dinner 
All orders can be picked up between 5:30PM-6:00PM

Menu (note: new menu items will be added weekly):

  • Assorted Appetizers & Rolls
    • Edamame ($6), Tuna Tataki ($15), Dynamite Roll ($10), Wentz Roll ($15), Spicy Tuna Roll Crunch ($9), Tuna Roll ($7), Spicy Salmon ($7), Salmon Roll ($7), Eel Avocado Roll ($8)
  • Donburi (Rice Bowls) & Miso Soup
    • Salmon Don, Tekka Don, Unagi Don (each $35)
  • Fixed Menu (for 3-4 people) ($150)
    • Edamame, Miso Soup, Seared King Salmon, Vegetable Fried Rice, Tuna Tataki, Sashimi/Maki Platter

How to order:

  • Online:
  • E-mail:
  • Phone:
    • Call us at 215-238-8862 between 4:00PM-6:00PM on the day you’d like to pick up

  • Open for pickup and delivery starting Friday, May 8th (Preorder starts Tuesday, May 5th)
  • Temporary hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
  • Preorder: online or by phone
  • Delivery: Caviar and Ubereats

South Philly

Hawthornes
738 S. 11th Street 215-627-3012 Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm 
Everyone’s favorite brunch and cafe hot spot is back on 11th Street – with brunch, lunch, dinner and a growing marketplace – plus the largest selection of take-out and delivery beer and wine in the city through Quick Sip, and make-it-yourself cocktail kits. They are also organizing a take-out and delivery market that debuts this week with take-out and delivery of Franklin Fountain ice cream – in partnership with Franklin Fountain. 

Le Virtu
Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here’s how it works… • Email us your order (levirtuphila@gmail.com). All dishes are available individually or as a composed meal (see menu for details and pricing). Kindly make the subject line of your email “Quarantine Pick-Up” so that we see it right away, and include which day you prefer to pick up (Fri, Sat, or Sun), as well as your full name and telephone number. • We will call you to confirm and take credit card payment over the phone on the day before your order (so Thu for Fri, Fri for Sat, and Sat for Sun). • We will assign you a pick-up time between 4PM and 7PM. If you have a preference, let us know in your email or over the phone, and we will strive to accommodate it. Pick-ups will be spread out to prevent a queue from forming. That’s it! TL; DR: send us an email, then feast on delicious Abruzzese cuisine. We can’t wait to serve you, Philly. 

Arctic Scoop 1812 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148  
Monday – Sunday 12pm – 9pm Pick-up orders only!! Call ahead (917) 607-0616 to place an order.  

Big Catch Poke 
1830 East Passyunk267-622-1888
New Poke Bowls Combo Menu from 11am to 8pm for take out only. Please order online for pick up at our website www.bigcatchonline.com if you need delivery please use Doordash,UberEat or Grubhub. For more efficiency and accuracy we prefer our customers use online order services.

Flannel 1819 E Passyunk Ave(215) 465-1000 Take-out and delivery

Noir 1900 East Passyunk 12-3 lunch ; 3-8 dinner Takeout and delivery. Please call 267.319.1678 for CurbSide pick up or Free Delivery! Full lunch and dinner menus 

Sounds delicious. Thank you for supporting your local restaurant. We’re in this together, and some of us are better cooks!!

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Remembering Philly’s Easter

Happy Easter. I think it’s safe to say one of the best celebrations in Philly is South Street’s Easter Promenade, an annual rite of spring which attracts thousands of people to the hippest street in the City. The event started in 1931 and was held at Rittenhouse Square before moving to the Gallery and eventually to South Street. This year would have been the 89th annual Easter Promenade but alas Covid19 has us all looking forward to next years celebration, which will be the 89th Easter Parade. In the meantime let’s check out photos from past years.

Michael Harris, Executive Dir of South Street and Frannie Price, event producer of the Easter Promenade on South Street

This is the first Easter in years I haven’t spent it with Kory Aver, Aversa Pr, who represents South Street and has really helped make it the success it is today promoting it, pitching the press, and reminding us how great it is to experience. There’s always next year!!

Check out this story on Billy Penn for an indepth article on how Henri David saved the Easter Parade, and it’s path to South Street. Have a wonderful day…

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Today: Dim Sum House’s Grand Opening in Rittenhouse With Free Food

Today: Dim Sum House‘s Grand Opening in Rittenhouse With Free Food. Jane Guo (above) and Jackson Fu announce the grand opening of Dim Sum House by Jane G’s TODAY February 20, 2020, at 1930 Chestnut Street, at 11:30am. The mother-son duo will bring all-day, every-day dim sum in two styles to Rittenhouse Square. On top of Shanghai and Cantonese dim sum, Dim Sum House in Rittenhouse will also feature dishes from the Jiang Nan region of China including noodles, entrees, fried rice and soups.

For its grand opening, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, dine-in guests will celebrate with a complimentary order of Scallion Pancakes per table. From 5:00pm to 7:00pm, dine-in guests will enjoy a complimentary order of Dan Dan Noodles per table.

Dim Sum House will test a brand-new ordering system at the dining room tables. With each seating, guests will be able to place their orders for dim sum favorites on a checklist they can hand off and update with their server as their experience progresses. This is especially useful for large groups. Look for this system to debut in University City later this winter.

Dim Sum House in Rittenhouse will launch seven day a week happy hour later this winter. For lunch specials, guests can enjoy a $13 lunch featuring a choice of soup (Hot & Sour or Wonton) with a choice of one of 20 entrees, and a side of rice (White, Brown, and Fried).
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Wonderspaces Is A Wonderful Way to See Art – Opens Today

Wonderspaces, an experiential, interactive arts venue, celebrated their opening with a preview party Tuesday night, January 22. Building on the success of annual pop-up shows they’ve enjoyed in San Diego, and their first permanent location in Scottsdale, AZ, Wonderspace Philly will open a 24,000 square foot new gallery space on after a ceremonial ribbon cutting today at 11:30am. This inaugural lineup features fourteen experiential and participatory art installations from artists from around the world some works shown at the prestigious Art Basel in Miami, with each work focusing on the theme of perspective.

Wonderspaces is an unique art experiences which fits perfectly in the new shopping concept Fashion District, which blends together entertainment and art, and features an existing $1 million in commissioned artwork.

Michelle Cassidy (l) experiencing Dinner Party by Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler, and Angel Soto at Wonderspaces located in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, on January 21, 2020.
NBC10 meteorologist Steve Sosna reads a note left at “The Last Word” exhibit by Illegal Art at Wonderspaces located in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, on January 21, 2020.
Artists Mark Daniell and Shawn Causey, flank Jenn McCreary, GM Wonderspaces, Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts, as they all stand in front of the artists work ” Sweet Spot” at Wonderspaces located in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, on January 21, 2020.

In between art exhibits, there is plenty of seats for you to enjoy while pacing yourself. There is also a snack bar with lite bites and drinks as well.

Wonderspaces is located in the Fashion District at 27 N 11th St, between Filbert and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Tickets for Wonderspaces are on sale now at philadelphia.wonderspaces.com/

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The Piazza Pod Park Opens

Last night I attended a most unusual beer garden type of outdoor space, a wonderland of food and beer I would call it. Definitely not like any you’ve experienced before, it’s in Northern Liberties in the former space where we all used to park for free across from the Piazza. The official opening of the Piazza Pod Park as the grand opening weekend will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10AM (POD PARK WEBSITE)

Now it’s a fun spot where you’ll want to spend a lazy afternoon or a starry night with friends. There is still free parking with validation of your Pod Park visit. The parking lot is at the corner of 2nd and Germantown Ave, on Germantown avenue.

Piazza Pod Park will be far be the largest dining destination and beer garden-style space in the city to open this spring – with 35,000 square feet of outdoor space that is uniquely Northern Liberties, featuring dining, art, civic space, kids and fitness components, as well as regular entertainment and events.

Laura Powers and Krystal Souvanlasy
Sam Bartow and Emily Tharp loved the Empanado’s, Margaurita’s and all the BeBop which is a great Selfie Station.
Peter Mason, Quantum Consulting LLC and Pretty in Pink instagramer Cate Cole
Mama’s Water Ice – Small $3, Large $4 and Quart $7
Add $.50 for Mama’s flavors
Buy 2 Quarts, Get 1 free
Ziggy Loike and Sam Cohen are working on Tomato’s Bar at 11th and Walnut Streets. Look for an end of summer opening.
The dining hall has tables inside and on the roof of the container

There’s a walkway that connects the Pod Park to Girard Avenue, at night it’s a colorful connector and a great Selfie station.

Check out the Piazza Pod Park, the Post Brothers’ new mixed-use outdoor space and beer garden at 1075 Germantown Avenue. Check out the food menu of Pod Park at Philly Mag

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Seen: La Festa Italian Street Festival

Filitalia International and Foundation, with support from East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, presented La Festa Italian Street Festival on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Proceeds benefit Italian Immigration Museum located on the avenue.

The annual event was held on East Passyunk (between Broad and Moore) from 11am to 7PM, continuously despite a bit of rain after 4PM. The all-ages street festival featured the much-anticipated South Philly spaghetti eating contest, live music, dancing, food, beer, wine, contests, prizes, vendors, shopping, wine-making demos, vodka water ice, and culinary displays.

There was family fun with lots of children’s games, moon bounce, trampoline, orbitron, duck pond, trackless train rides, water gun fun, soccer games, face painting, and more.

As a bonus, double your fun with East Passyunk Craft Beer Day, as part of Philly Beer Week, on the same date and at the same time over 15+ East Passyunk bars and restaurants.

The Philadelphia Police and Paramedics are hiring this month.

La Festa, nicknamed after La Festa Della Repubblica and Italian National Day, is an Italian national holiday that celebrates when Italy became a republic in 1946. Many of the Museum’s Board of Directors, volunteers and members of the community immigrated here from Italy – or are first and second generation Italians. Each year, the local board and volunteers come together with the East Passyunk community to throw a celebration to mirror the festivals in Italy.

La Festa is organized by Festival Director Saverio Nestico (red shirt), along with an annual committee of volunteers that includes Nick Volpe, Kelly Alexander, Henry Amanto, Miguel Luzon, David Milano, Ray DeJohn and Joseph Rossetti.

She was excited to come in 3rd, check out who came in FIRST and SECOND, and what everyone won over on Philly Voice.

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The Piazza Events Move Across The Street to the new Pod Park

NOW WE KNOW what the big sculpture across the street from The Piazza complex is, it’s part of a new pop up park called The Pod Park. The Pod Park features 35,000 feet of outdoor space featuring dining, art, civic space, kids and fitness components, as well as regular entertainment and events.

Waving from the Center of Piazza Pod Park will be BEBOT, a 33-foot tall, 13,000-pound robot statue from Burning Man that was flown in special for this park. Events that were traditionally held in The Piazza Courtyard will move to the street on Germantown Avenue and into Piazza Pod Park.

The Pod Park will bring with it nearly a dozen exciting food, drink and coffee vendors – with some of the biggest names in the city. The first list of early vendors is below like Dim Sum House, Spread Bagelry, French Toast Bites by Lokal Artisan Foods, Tiki Tacos, Mama Maria’s Italian Ice, New Liberty Distilling, Urban Village, Empanada Box and others to be announced. Plus Tildie’s Toy Box, from East Passyunk Avenue, will offer opportunities for fun for the whole family. Piazza Pod Park announces Osayi Osunde’s newest location for Fit Academy at Piazza Pod Park. Look for HIIT-inspired boot camps in a specially designed pod that opens from top to bottom, and faces the inside of the park.

Starting in the middle of May, Pod Park is open seven days a week, from 7:00am to 10:00pm, and until Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
For more about Piazza Pod Park, visit http://piazzapodpark.com/.
Photos and Drawings provided by Post Brothers/Aversa Pr.

Philadelphia

Women’s Theatre Mixer & Small Mouth Sounds Opening

Last week the Philadelphia Theatre Company hosted

 

Paige Price (Producing Artistic Director), Marilyn Russell, WOGL and Emily Zeck (Managing Director)

Ellevate, FemCity Philadelphia, Les Dames d’Escoffier and The Walnut Club at The Suzanne Roberts Theater to meet two of the region’s newest top arts and theatre leaders, Producing Artistic Director Paige Price and Managing Director Emily Zeck and hear about the PTC’s remarkable season focusing on women.

Following the reception, guests headed into the local theater to watch acclaimed run in New York City, Small Mouth Sounds, a unique and compassionate new play written by Bess Wohl (Pretty Filthy) and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. The New York Times, New York Magazine, AND Time Out NY Critics’ Pick is coming to Philadelphia for the first time! In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Be ready to take a deep breath. (PTC)

The show runs through April 1

I see Philadelphia as a hotbed of opportunity for generating really important work in such a culturally rich city and I am eager to dive into the theatre community with its wealth of talented actors and artists. (Playbill)

Small Mouth Sounds asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. In this compassionate and witty new play, six wildly dissimilar runaways from city life embark on a week-long silent retreat. In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, they attempt to abandon technology, observe a vow of silence, and tamp down their natural cravings while being guided by an unseen guru who challenges them to confront internal demons and seek peace.

Written by Drama Desk Award-winner Bess Wohl and directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel ChavkinSmall Mouth Sounds is a cleverly conceived and sharp observation of the pursuit of wellness and the achingly human, and often frustrating, need to connect.

With a sold out run at Ars Nova, The New York Times called Small Mouth Sounds “an enchanting new play… as funny as it is quietly moving… a model of ingenuity” and the show was chosen as a “Best Of” Theater Pick in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, and many more.


After the reception I headed downstairs to meet a few of the guests headed to see the show

Performances of Small Mouth Sounds CANCELLED due to poor weather conditions

Due to unsafe weather conditions, school closings, and transportation challenges, we must cancel the following performances of Small Mouth Sounds:

Tuesday, March 20 @ 7pm, Wednesday, March 21 @ 1pm, Wednesday, March 21 @ 7pm

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Box Office at 215.985.0420. The performance of Small Mouth Sounds on Thursday, March 22 @ 8pm and those thereafter will run as scheduled.

Thank you!

A couple events coming up connected to “Small Mouth Sounds”

Meet The Artists Talkback

Friday, March 23, post-show

Join us after the show for an onstage Q&A session with the cast of Small Mouth Sounds! (Approx. 30 minutes)   Theatrical Trainer Wellness Fair

Friday, March 30, 7pm and Saturday, March 31, 1pm

Theatrical Trainer is built upon the notion that wellness for the creative individual is a full picture, through mind, body and nutrition. You don’t just need to be a professional artist, but if you are creative by nature and looking to incorporate a healthier approach to your personal life, we are your first step!