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First Pics: Down Dog Healing Cafe opens at 10th and Carpenter

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.

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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.

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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:

Whether you do not know much about holistic medicine and are curious, whether you just feel depressed and don’t know why, whether you have been diagnosed with a disease or illness…whatever is leading you here…we invite you to join us in this journey of discovering that our bodies and ultimately our souls have an amazing ability to heal, and that we have the wisdom to help ourselves.

 

How about a view into Baradiscino Park while sweetening your drink?

How about a view into Bardascino Park while sweetening your drink?

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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.

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These teas have a more medicinal flavor and purpose. There are also more conventional flavors from Pukka tea

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The rules for bocce on the bathroom wall were a holdover from the last place. A court is across the street

The rules for bocce on the bathroom wall were a holdover from the last place. A court is across the street

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Say hi, Kei! (rhymes with high)

Say hi, Kei! (rhymes with lei, as in the necklace of flowers)

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.

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4 Responses to First Pics: Down Dog Healing Cafe opens at 10th and Carpenter

  1. CAROL BURROWS May 15, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    CONGRATS KEI !! BEST OF LUCK WITH YOUR CAFE. YOU WILL DO GREAT !!

  2. richard schuck May 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    The special drinks and muffins are fantastic and the atmosphere is very soothing. Good Luck in your new venture, I’m sure it will be a huge success.

  3. George May 17, 2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Wow! Place looks great, Kei. I will definitely stop in on my next trip home.

    George

  4. tea loe June 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    When i walked in the cafe, thjs morning by accidently, i was surprised to be greeted by this lovely owner named Kay, it was a beautiful and kind place.

    The coffee was good and hot, the cranberry scone was jist perfect not too sweet although i like the crunchness of the sugar on top.

    I bought four organic lemons which was $.25 each, what.are they thinking? Too cheap!

    Also, people,
    Please dont take up two tables out of three on Sunday afternoon and studing for 2 hours with just cup of coffee each, Really?
    Why study if you can’t think about other people and their business,

    The owner is new and.kind, lets trasure good people when we can!

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