TurF recently opened its doors on West 4th St. in Kitsilano. TurF is unlike any other place in the city because they combine a workout space, café and also cute shop all into one. It’s a place where you can “work out, hang out and take out” as they say. I had the pleasure of stopping by for some delicious vegan food and take one of their unique classes led by TurF’s GM Angela Hartman. She also took a few minutes to give me the lowdown behind this magical space.
What was the initial goal and inspiration with TurF?
TurF’s mission is to “create a daily practice to live a life that is enormous”. The idea behind TurF is like a modern day community centre a gathering place for people to grow and contribute to their communities. We put all our favourite things: a conscious sweat, a considered menu and a thoughtful assortment of things we love.
What are some of the classes and services that you offer that are unique to TurF?
We are the only studio outside of NYC and LA that has the method The Class by Taryn Toomey. I’m so happy to offer this class to the community in Vancouver as it has deeply impacted my life. We also have a Boxing Conditioning Program that we worked on with one of our teachers, Tom Taylor. It’s a great mix of proper technique and a great workout. We also have a lot of strength classes like TRX classes and a hip hop based dance program that it SO MUCH FUN.
In addition to being a workout studio, TurF is also a kitchen and café. What is the philosophy behind the food and drinks you serve?
We want people to eat more plants. The base of our menu is Vegan (with a couple vegetarian exceptions) and ethically sourced protein to add onto the menu for those who are not vegan or vegetarian. all the recipes for both the bistro and the bakery came from the kitchens of our founders Delaney and Deanne. The menu was created to nourish and fulfill you. For us this means you can have a great workout and have breakfast afterwards and it would support the workout you just did, along with not getting hungry an hour later.
You also have a boutique of carefully curated lifestyle and workout products, can you share a bit more info about what people can find there?
The Shop was created to have a thoughtful assortment – we have either designed it, tested it or curated it to all go together. We want people to have quality and less things – this means the product you can find at TurF can have several uses or functions in your everyday and that it can all go together. We tried to bring in product that was either not available in Vancouver (like the athletic brand The Upside) and that we think is the best brand in a particular category, like the 2xU compression tights. We also created our own product of pieces we wanted to wear every day.
Where would you like to see TurF five years from now?
Such a good question! I would like to see more TurF locations that support living into our mission for people to live an enormous life. I hope that we are doing something that I can’t even think of right now – we are a group of people committed to always learning and growing and I think TurF will shape in ways that we don’t even see coming.
For more information on TurF, go here.