New La Jolla Businesses: Yoga studio, French bistro open in the Village



Joining La Jolla’s many individualistic yoga studios, Kundalini WindanSea opened at 7405 La Jolla Blvd. in Bird Rock on June 1. The niche here is that Kundalini WindanSea is San Diego’s only dedicated Kundalini studio.

“Kundalini is a yoga technique that involves movement, breath, mantra, and meditation as part of each class, and is often referred to as ‘household yoga’ because it’s for those with families and jobs, rather than someone who wants to meditate in the mountains for days,” said founder Sheel Seidler. “The practice gets us calm and balanced, and able to perform the day-to-day in a more blissful way.”

Seidler said she found bliss through Kundalini at a chaotic time in her life. “I started practicing when I was pregnant with my daughter, which shifted a lot in me. At the same time, my husband was diagnosed with cancer so there was a lot of stress ... but the breath-work and manta made me feel steady. So I kept with it. It was so useful to me.”

Having lived in La Jolla years ago, she decided this was the place she wanted to raise her children, and moved back three years ago. “Plus, I love La Jolla and I love the WindanSea and Bird Rock area, so I knew I wanted to have a studio here.”

She added the yoga style is good for those who are new to yoga or experienced, young, or not-so-young. So much so, there is even a “kids yoga” class in the afternoons.

Drop-in costs are $20 per class, with June specials. In honor of the upcoming summer solstice Tuesday, June 21, Kundalini WindanSea will host a grand opening party starting at 5:30 p.m. “There will be free morning classes and an open house with meditations every hour. At the party, everyone will be encouraged to wear white,” she said. (619) 325-7090.

After a quiet opening in May — which was intentionally discreet so locals could get the first taste — Shore Rider restaurant is now open at 2168 Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla Shores. Proprietor Darren Moore said the low key spot is designed to be “a local sandbox,” and “an extension of the beach with California beach food,” such as fish tacos, burgers, salads, seafood specialties like poke and ceviche.

A whole 250 steps from the water to the patio restaurant, Moore said, “La Jolla Shores was a no brainer for us. A lot of people think the Village is the beginning and end of La Jolla, so the Shores gets overlooked, but there is a great amount of soul in the Shores.” A founding member of Thorn Street Brewery and La Puerta restaurant downtown, Moore said the restaurant has 16 craft beer taps that are competitively priced. Shore Rider is open 11 a.m. to midnight. (858) 412-5308.

At the blossoming La Plaza La Jolla shopping center, Le Petit Bistrot opened for business May 16 on the third floor at 7863 Girard Ave. Petit Bistrot serves Parisian home-style lunch and dinner, with breakfast on weekends.

French staples such as Quiche Lorraine, Croque Monsieur, Beef Bourguignonne and Salmon Confit, along with a variety of classic desserts, are made in house. The menu is created by Executive Chef Theivan Luce and his sous-chef Andy Ho.

Owners Melanie Nussbaum and Eric La Glas said they chose La Jolla for its vibrant community. “We are very excited to be part of La Plaza La Jolla located in the heart of La Jolla, a group of unique restaurants and boutiques that compliment each other perfectly,” said Nussbaum. “We welcome visitors from around the globe with open arms, and our focus is providing excellent authentic French cuisine and service to the locals year round.”

Le Petit Bistrot is open for lunch and dinner 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends. (858) 877-9462.

Although it was open for a few weeks leading up to the grand opening, 18/8 Fine Men’s Salon at 7407 La Jolla Blvd. hosted a fundraiser celebration April 28. The event raiswed $650 to benefit the Veterans Research Alliance, a non-profit focused on conducting research to better support the mental and physical health of veterans.

Offering haircuts and styling for men, along with shaving, color services, nail services and more, 18/8 is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. (858) 216-4188.

Specializing in men and women’s jewelry, swimwear and athletic wear, Becca Tepper Couture opened at 7537 La Jolla Blvd. Migrating into an appointment-only boutique with jewelry made in house, Becca Tepper Couture sells one-of-a-kind items, such as belly chains and beach cover-up, and was founded by fashion blogger Becca Tepper.

After winning the title of Miss Jetset Magazine, Tepper took her winnings to embark on making (and eventually selling) her own jewelry. The 25-year-old entrepreneur said she chose La Jolla because of its already thriving shopping community and “high-end, quality” clientele. “I originally looked on Prospect Street, but as soon as I saw the storefront on La Jolla Boulevard, I knew I had to open my boutique there,” she said. (858) 663-6004.

With a soft opening planned for this week at 7710 Fay Ave., I Love Kickboxing (a cardio, endurance, strength building-based fitness center) promises “one hell of a workout in a fun and friendly environment,” said franchise owner Maurico Garate.

With group classes led by “marvelous” instructors set to energizing music, Garate said the exercises change each day, so clients never get the same set twice. “It never gets boring, and we can modify the exercises if need be to match a person’s overall fitness goals.”

Introductory specials are 50 percent off. A three-day class pack (with gloves to keep) is $9.99 (regularly $19.99) or a five-class pack is $14.99 (regularly $29.99).

Coming Soon

Hoping to accept clients by June 16, La Jolla Healing Center at 7590 Fay Ave., will use an individualized approach to target the root of addiction. The outpatient facility will specialize in substance abuse, said manager Kamran Zafar, adding “addiction happens for different reasons; sometimes there is trauma involved, sometimes it’s a case of drug misuse. Most conventional places will take groups of people and use one approach, we tailor our programs.” Considering the abuse of opioid, for example, Zafar said La Jolla Healing will implement education programs to prevent substance abuse. (858) 454-4357.

Taking over in the former La Jolla Yoga space at 7743 Fay Ave., F45 Training is eyeing an early August opening for its holistic fitness program. Reportedly popular in Australia, from where manager Luke Hatelust hails, the program involves mind and body work for overall fitness. A grand opening is planned, with details to be reported as they become available.