Today we’d like to introduce you to Megan Whiteside and Trent DeMichele.
Megan and Trent, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Lacuna Juice and Yoga was born when my husband Trent DeMichele and I moved back to Denver after living in New York City. We missed the wide variety and selection of organic cold-pressed juice we’d become accustomed to in New York, so we decided to bring more variety to the Denver juice scene. I had been teaching yoga for years and always wanted my own studio, and I was beginning to get burnt out on the hot power yoga scene that’s so prevalent in Denver. I wanted to create a studio with a light, bright, and airy aesthetic to incorporate new lineages and new flavors into the yoga scene here. It was only natural to merge both of the business ideas into one, creating Lacuna and a new space for people to practice healthy habits for the mind and the body.
Not only does Lacuna serve the best juices and smoothies in town, but we also have a fully organic kitchen serving fresh, made to order salads, wraps, avocado toasts, snacks, adaptogenic lattes, and more. Our entire menu is plant-based, dairy-free, and vegetarian/vegan/GF friendly.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The biggest struggle was definitely being patient through the building and permitting process. We opened doors about eight months after we had initially been told to expect to open, and as first-time business owners, it was incredibly stressful playing the waiting game. As a woman, it can definitely be hard to put your foot down and speak up in the male-dominated industries behind the construction of a project, but my advice is to keep your goal and your vision clear and consistent, and to have the willpower to be patient while your dreams come to fruition.
Please tell us about Lacuna Juice And Yoga.
One of the things that really sets us apart is our yoga. The yoga at Lacuna brings new techniques and lineages to the Denver yoga scene while working within a familiar framework of Vinyasa “flow” based classes. While the yoga at Lacuna may feel familiar, many of the techniques and practices are a refreshing change from the status quo. The teachings at Lacuna pull from Vinyasa, Hatha, and Katonah Yoga®, a practice steeped in Pranayama, sacred geometry, and Taoist theory.
Another of the things that makes us unique is we don’t use any plastic bottles or packaging and use glass and compostable materials instead. This is incredibly important to us because taking care of our planet goes hand in hand with taking care of ourselves. Our home is the earth, and the more we can take care of it, the more it will take care of us!
Do you think there are structural or other barriers impeding the emergence of more female leaders?
Fortunately, yoga is a pretty female-dominated industry. In fact, our entire staff is women, and the only man in our entire business is my husband! It’s been a lot of fun getting to create this space with such incredible women by my side, and I’m very grateful for all of these wonderful ladies. I think one of the hardest parts of being a female leader is really embodying my full potential to “be a boss” and feel comfortable being in charge of so many other women.
- New student yoga special: 3 classes for $30
- Monthly membership: $140/month, free juice, smoothie, or bowl each month plus discounts on retail and workshops
- Address: 2590 Lawrence Street, Denver, CO 80205
- Website: www.lacunajuiceandyoga.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @lacunacollective
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/lacunajuiceandyoga