The corner storefront that has played host to a series of coffee shops at 10th and Carpenter just got another one called Down Dog Healing Cafe.
We first told you about paper going over the windows here in February and mentioned that the space has seen Mazag, Filter and inFusion come and go over the years. It had been empty for more than a year until Down Dog opened there yesterday. Although it is another shop serving coffee, the good news is that Down Dog Healing will distinguish itself from its predecessors.
Owner Kei Kurimoto said the cafe offers two kinds of drip coffee (blend and single origin from One Village) but will focus heavily on organic teas, herbs, tonics, elixirs and other remedies based on Ayurvedic medicine.
As you may have guessed from the name, a reference to the downward dog yoga pose, all products will be procured from sustainable sources. They have a bit of a loftier purpose, though:
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Kurimoto told us she was introduced to Eastern healing practices in a class at Seton Hall called Zen and Yoga, which she initially took because she thought she could slack off a little. But the class changed her life, putting her on a path toward moving to California, where she learned more about Ayurveda. She came to Philly about five years ago when her dad opened Yakitori Boy in Chinatown, giving her the restaurant experience to be able to open this shop.
Open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. this week, but starting Monday she plans to stay open until 7 p.m. Find her on Facebook here.