Aspen Wellness Roundup

Plant-based takeaway, herbal self-care essentials and more
Cleansing carrot ginger soup from Good Clean Food. Photography: Brooke Casillas 

Special Delivery: Good Clean Food, Delivered brings plant-based takeaway to
the Roaring Fork Valley.

On April 2019, Lisa Cohen, a certified nutritionist, health coach and weight-loss expert, and Kelly Hollins, a certified health coach, vegan chef and mother of two, founded Good Clean Food, Delivered, the Roaring Fork Valley’s only plant-based, zero-waste food delivery system

For $285 per week, Good Clean Food clients receive one delivery per week that packs enough organic, plant-based, gluten- and refined-sugar-free meals and snacks to last most clients four or five days. Think nourishing soups, bountiful Buddha bowls, vibrant salads, superfood smoothies and guiltless treats. GCF is currently developing an office-friendly “just lunches” offering, as well as their SOUPer Cleanse, launching in January 2020. Everything is packaged and delivered in glass jars or compostable containers that GCF takes back each week to reuse and compost.

Cohen draws inspiration from her former Aspen-based cleanse-delivery business, while Hollins credits a plant-based diet for pulling her out of a health crisis in 2018. They both personally shepherd the meals each week to clients ranging from working women on the go, to busy young families and health-focused retirees. “Putting your food out there is like putting your heart out there,” says Hollins. “The feedback is so positive. When we deliver, we hear wonderful compliments like ‘You’re changing my life’ and ‘I feel better than I’ve ever felt.’” goodcleanfoodco.comTess Weaver Strokes

An array of healing herbs line the shelves of Aspen Botanicals.

Mountainside Magic: Herb crafter Jenna Handloff supplies Aspen with self-care essentials. 

Aspen Botanicals enchants Steamboat Springs with natural treasures. Owner Jenna Handloff took over the cozy apothecary from Suzanne Tully, the midwife who delivered her daughter. The apothecary’s shelves are stocked with creations by Jenna and local crafters; a house-made skin-care line is offered alongside Colorado Hemp Honey and vinegar elixirs from Strongwater.

Understanding the importance of sacred wellness rituals, Aspen Botanicals offers self-care essentials (including herbal tinctures, salt soaks and crystals) that take practices to a new level. Natural-health newbies can register for on-site classes, including a series on the power of feminine energy, a mother’s group and a course on menstrual wellness. The mission is to break down taboos surrounding reproductive health and facilitate an educational dialogue. “When it comes to women’s health care, we need to assess our unique constitutions instead of generalizing,” says Handloff. “The start is offering a space for communication.”
aspenbotanicals.comGabrielle Echevarrieta

Here House’s living room and meeting space. Photography: Ladd Forde

Creative Hub: Aspen’s best and brightest link up with this fresh take on coworking.

Here House, Aspen’s newest coworking space, is a refuge for creators. Mother-daughter entrepreneurial duo Candice Carpenter-Olson and Michaela Carpenter had a vision for a fluid environment reminiscent of a boutique hotel. Vibrant floral murals and midcentury-inspired décor create an ambiance that sparks innovation. Guests seeking solitude can utilize modular work areas that have soundproofing technology. The homey living room is equipped with flat-screens and a sleek fireplace, and members’ little ones are often seen snacking or watching cartoons alongside Mom and Dad.

There are no typical days at Here House; the club can transform from a cozy work floor into a buzzing party spot. The staff is on a mission to unite Aspen in imaginative ways, with tarot reading, game nights, and educational events sponsored by local nonprofits, like Aspen Film Fest and Aspen Words.

Each member adds a unique yet vital benefit to Aspen, often in the wellness realm. Yoga therapist and diabetes advocate Evan Soroka brings yoga nidra and meditation. Karina Marconi of OP Makeup Studio keeps members looking and feeling their best. Individual memberships from $1,650 per year; business and seasonal memberships are also available.—G. E.