New Year, New You in #downtownlex!

By Morgan Burleigh

With every new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start. If you are anything like me, I always find a burst of motivation to make positive changes in my life at the start of a new year. Now is the best time for personal growth, and there are plenty of businesses in Downtown Lexington that can help you become the best version of yourself.


One of the most common resolutions is to take better care of our health. CycleYou is the perfect studio to help you accomplish your fitness goals! With over 68 classes per week ranging from cycle, strength, kickboxing, and yoga, to the infrared sauna, you will without a doubt fall in love with CycleYou. The fitness instructors are there to motivate and inspire, as well as help you build a positive relationship with your body. Mind Over Body Studio is another great option offering reformer Pilates, barre, and mat-based classes. If fitness classes are not for you, do not worry! Walking around #downtownlex is one of my favorite ways to get exercise. Head to The Square and walk around the shops and art galleries or stop in the Explorium if you have children. The littlest steps can make the biggest difference in our health.


For those of you who are participating in dry January, going out with friends on the weekends may tempt you to drink. If you want to stick to your goals but still have fun with your friends, a few businesses in Downtown Lexington have the perfect solution! Lockbox is a neighborhood restaurant located in the lobby of 21c Museum Hotel Lexington offering flavorful dishes and an abundance of cocktails. Their list of zero-proof cocktails, however, is incredibly enticing. “Girl Next Door” is a refreshing concoction of grapefruit and lime, and “Orange Dream” is a creamy orange-vanilla delicacy. Trust me, you need to try the rest of the zero-proof cocktail menu too. Harvey’s Bar in The Grove is also mixing up mocktails! Featured in the photo from left to right are the Emperor’s New Grove mocktail, McAdams and Morford mocktail, and the Blackberry Mojito mocktail. On top of these delicious mocktails, the bartenders can create whatever you would like with their fresh juices and house-made syrups. The next time your friends decide to hit the town, count yourself in and try a fun mocktail!


The best part about becoming your best self is that your goals are totally up to YOU! Stepping out of your comfort zone and trying new things around downtown is a great step to personal growth. Try a new restaurant like Corto Lima or School Sushi. Treat yourself to a morning coffee at Lussi Brown Coffee, High on Art and Coffee, or any of the other incredible coffee shops in Lexington. Begin your anti-aging process or skincare journey at Be Medispa. Get in touch with the arts at the Lyric Theatre or check out a concert at Rupp Arena. You never know what trying something new can do for you!


Truly, Downtown Lexington provides an immense number of opportunities and experiences. Everything you need to become your best self in 2023 is here in #downtownlex! Your first fitness class can kickstart your love of exercise, or you may start ordering mocktails on the regular. Now is the perfect time for personal growth, so head downtown and start your journey!

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