The city of Hartford has a lot to offer residents and visitors.
Unfortunately, it also has all the shortcomings of a major metropolitan city: traffic congestion, never-ending highway construction, and high levels of crime.
There is an oasis at the edge of town, however, where you can go to escape the madness: The Green Vibration Eco Plaza, located at 197 New Britain Avenue. The organization is a part of The Growing Green Business Association, a network of local green businesses that offer sustainable products and services.
The Eco Plaza is made up of three entities: The Growing Green Wellness Center, The Green Vibration Eco-Boutique and The Alchemy Juice Bar Café.
The Growing Green Wellness Center is a community space that offers meditation, yoga, Zumba and drumming classes, healthy living lectures, art exhibits, live music, and several family-friendly events.
If you’re looking for something to do on a Friday night, the Center hosts a Friday Free Film Series, a weekly showing of educational films that focus on environmental and social issues. With a potluck dinner beforehand and a discussion period afterward, you can make a full night of it.
Next door, The Green Vibration Eco-Boutique is an eclectic combination of bicycle repair shop and eco-store. Inside you can find refurbished vintage bicycles as well as green products for home and body. Personalized consulting is even available for people wanting to learn how to make their home more environmentally friendly.
The Boutique also hosts a “Green Bike” bicycle share program, which offers a unique commuting alternative for people looking to lessen their carbon footprint.
Finally, The Alchemy Juice Bar Café is the place to go if you’re looking for a meal that is as delicious as it is good for you. The Cafe provides fresh, high-quality organic vegetarian fare, in a relaxing setting. For a truly unique experience, you can even spend a few minutes at their oxygen bar.
The Café also hosts regular nutrition workshops and classes on raw food preparation. Learn more at www.alchemyjuicebar.com.
The best way to take advantage of all the Eco Plaza has to offer is to become a member of the Growing Green Co-Op. Membership benefits include: discounts on classes, workshops, massage and infrared sauna treatments; access to the community space for private events; and weekly delivery service of local and organic foods.
So if life in a big city has you feeling down on these bleak winter days, head to the Green Vibration Eco Plaza – a veritable oasis for your mind, body and soul. Go to: www.growinggreencoop.com for more information.