The district is hosting its first Wellness Weekend, which promotes physical and mental wellbeing through options available at downtown businesses.
In the past, many events have taken place downtown focused on bars and restaurants, but Wellness Weekend will focus more on personal care businesses.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to include some of our service industries like massage therapists, salons, yoga studios, all that kind of stuff,” said Christina Kelley, President and Chief Retail Officer of Makes. scents. The custom fragrance boutique will be one of the participants in Wellness Weekend, which begins on Saturday morning and ends on Sunday evening.
The event will encourage attendees to visit several local shops and businesses, such as AlleyCat Yoga, Makes Scents and Orr Street Farmers & Artisans Market.
Participants will meet on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Flat Branch Park. Events include Energy Medicine Yoga Techniques with AlleyCat Yoga from 10 a.m. to noon and Tai Chi and Qigong sessions from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants are free to visit any downtown business and experience its off-hours health and relaxation options.
The Orr Street Farmers and Artisans Market will be held as usual on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wabash Bus Station. Behind Wabash, during those same hours, a “brown bag review” will allow people to bring in forgotten medications and pharmacists to determine what they were prescribed for or if they have expired. Liberty Family Medical, a local direct primary care clinic, will be present at the event and will also perform blood pressure checks.
“This is just one opportunity to make it easier to offer many services in one downtown neighborhood, supporting your well-being,” said Heather Hargrove, business development manager at Liberty Family Medicine. “And we will be a small part of that.”
In addition to the few scheduled activities, most participating companies will be hosting their own special Wellness Weekend events. The list of participating businesses will be posted on the District’s website.
Well-being bingo cards will be distributed in cafes and other businesses in the city center. The cards will encourage people to try different activities related to mental and physical health, such as having lunch with a friend, keeping a journal, eating a salad, or taking a yoga class. One randomly drawn winner will win $100 in gift cards for businesses in the district.
There will also be a “District Step Challenge,” where participants will count the number of steps between different downtown landmarks, and the five most accurate numbers will win Shop Local CoMo merchandise. All bingo cards and step counts must be returned by September 27.
Nickie Davis, executive director of The District, hopes Wellness Weekend will become an annual event.
“It will just be another great event to add to our other events that we do every year,” Davis said. “Just kind of a fun event to shine a light on these businesses and help the community get mentally and physically fitter.”