Nurture, A Wellcare Marketplace, opened on May 12, bringing a collective of nearly 60 self-care-focused businesses to West Highland. Inside the colorful, plant-bedecked space, patrons will find fitness studios, retail shops, spas, and salons—and nutritious fare at its on-site restaurant, Nest Cafe &Bar.
The cafe has an emphasis on international flavors and wholesome ingredients that benefit the immune system, thanks to culinary director and holistic health practitioner Elizabeth Woodard. “Elizabeth’s put a lot of intention into every single ingredient,” says Nurture co-founder Kelly Campbell, a 16-year restaurant industry veteran. “From a flavor perspective, they really combine well, but they’re also impacting the way that you feel so you don’t walk out of Nest either hungry or bogged down.”
Fast-casual Nest offers baked goods, tartines, salads, and broths, as well as coffees, teas, smoothies, juices, and potions—all made from locally sourced and organic ingredients—for takeout or dine-in service. Nest partners with Altius Farms in Curtis Park and Tasty Acres Colorado in Lakewood to source greens for the cafe’s nutrient-rich salads. Try the Farmer’s Greens salad, a bright combination of fresh mint, parsley, avocado, dilly cucumbers, watermelon radish, and toasted almonds tossed in a cashew ranch dressing.
Other options include the Berry Beauty smoothie, a blend of berries, raw honey, and inflammation-fighting pearl and collagen powders topped with coconut flakes, balsamic glaze, and goji berries; overnight oats with peanut butter and home-made berry jam; and the oyster mushroom tartine, featuring organic edamame purée, shredded ginger, pickled onion, black sesame, and microgreens on Reunion Bread sourdough.
When co-founders Campbell, Peter Strauss, and Nikki Dority came up with the idea for Nurture, they were discussing about how people define self-care, realizing it’s something most have to pursue via multiple outlets. “It’s like having a pit crew for your car, but you’re going to all these different places for it and, and we said, ‘Well, wouldn’t it be great if there was one place that you could go that was a trusted environment of all the things that you need,’” says Strauss, who worked in technology prior to the marketplace’s launch.
Now, self-care-seekers can find everything from a holistic skin spa and Himalayan salt cave to an IV therapy bar in Nurture’s 22,000-square-foot building, which offers “everything that you need outside, inside, above the neck, below the neck,” Strauss says.
Nest Cafe & Bar at Nurture is currently open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Saturday from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. You can learn more about the marketplace’s non-culinary services and businesses here. Note: While the safer-at-home order remains in effect, guests are required to wear a face mask in the facility, as well as complete a health screening and sign a waiver upon entry.
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