January 9, 2023

New Year, Next Level You

The empty bottles of prosecco are off to the recycling center, and you’re refreshed, re-hydrated, and ready to take the reins of the next twelve months. And we have to say—they’re gonna be good.

Whether you make resolutions, goals, or big plans, we have several new (and established!) businesses in downtown Edmonds committed to your next level. Included in that upgrade? Things like adding to your cooking arsenal, putting “artist” to your hobby list, creating a vision board detailing the big dreams you’re planning to make manifest, all the fun workshops, investing in your self-care, and more.

From reiki to Raclette, downtown Edmonds has everything you need to thrive in 2023.

So, grab a cuppa and bookmark this page because you’ll want to come back to it as you check more and more goals off your list.

Skill Building

Continuing education is not only helpful for your brain plasticity, but it’s also fun. Add Vinbero’s Cheese & Charcuterie 101 class to your calendar. You’ll join other friends de fromage (just made that up, but it’s a good one, huh?) and Vinbero’s resident cheesemonger, Korynn, for an exclusive cheese and charcuterie board-building class! Check their website for updates on when the next session is, and nab your spot as soon as you see it because space is limited. Class includes a wine flight, a house-made seasonal treat, and all your building ingredients, plus step-by-step instructions to assemble your very own board. 

12 Tomatoes Studio in Downtown Edmonds12 Tomatoes, the Facebook foodie darling that boasts 8.7 million fans of its recipes, is moving into the former C’est La Vie space on 5th Avenue S. They’ve indicated they’ll be hosting cooking classes in the evenings. We cannot wait to see what they have in store. Croque Monsieur Pie, Buckeye Brownie Cookies, Dolly Parton’s Five Layer Dinner, Butternut Squash Spinach Lasagna—all of it has us drooling.

Cole Gallery in Downtown EdmondsCole Gallery and Art Studio offers an ever-evolving selection of classes in their space on 5th Ave. S. Whether you’re intrigued by watercolor, an ace with acrylics, or on the hunt for an art mentor, you’ll find the perfect next class for you at Cole. Cue Mozart and get in your creative flow! We can’t wait to see what you produce. You’ll also get to enjoy a 10% discount on supplies at nearby ARTSpot. 

Dreaming Big

Your next level has a clear vision for the future and is ready to dive into it, even if you don’t know it yet. One way to unlock that vision is through a vision boarding workshop like those hosted at Workhorse Coworking. Stay tuned to their Instagram and Facebook pages for information and announcements about the next event, slated for early February.

Rick Steves in Downtown Edmonds

Rick Steves, Rick Steves Europe

We’re lucky to live in the same town as one of the world’s go-to travel resources, Rick Steves’ Europe! You may even spot the man himself out and about. Not only can you visit the company’s retail shop for books, gear, and information gathering galore, but you can also attend in–person and virtual classes. Now the only thing you have to decide is where you’ll jet off to next.


Centerpoint Energy Healing in Downtown Edmonds

Brandi Alsdorf, Centerpoint Energy Healing

Between freezing ice storms, a king tide, and general family chaos that might have thrown your holidays for a little bit of a loop, your self-care may have gone a *titch* to the wayside. Now’s the time to get your energy balanced. Head over to Centerpoint Energy Healing on Main for reiki, chakra balancing, light weaving, and other healing modalities that improve your overall health and wellness. Not sure which modality is right for you? Just ask! All energy healings are done in person or over the phone.

Work your body a little bit differently as you lengthen muscles and increase flexibility with a regular, individualized pilates practice at BodyWorks. Interested in group sessions? Head to Woodway Wellness right across the street.

Tree of Tranquility in Downtown Edmonds

Amy Parker, Tree of Tranquility

Since you’re already investing in self-care, why not double down on a deep tissue massage at Tree of Tranquility, also on Main? Owner Amy Parker focuses on clients suffering from stress and chronic pain from working at a desk all day (check), parenting small children (double check), age (check, check, check), and more. She uses hot towels, essential oils, warm bamboo sticks, gua sha, silicone cupping, and slow methodic deep tissue techniques. Does that sound dreamy or what? Bonus: Amy is offering an $89 90-minute special for first-time clients! Get on her books ASAP.

Tie all of your self-care in a bow with grounding workshops at Twist Yoga. They have monthly classes for everything from sound baths to New Moon Nidra (“yogic sleep” in which attendees find calm in body and mind amidst the chaos of daily life) and Sunday Night Kirtan (a chanting mantra workshop).

We’re looking forward to spending another fun, delicious, and exciting year with the next-level you. If you take any of our suggestions, please share them with us on Instagram and Facebook! You can take us and use the hashtag #loveedmonds. We’ll share them on our stories.

By Whitney Popa, photos by Matt Hulbert

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