Ready for a week packed with sweat, sushi, and lots of quality time with a cute pair of bulldogs? Keep up (if you can) with Kelly Miller—owner of Pennsylvania’s first infrared sauna—who loves sharing her passion for wellness and organics with others. In 2009—when she was only 26—Kelly started her first business, Be Pure Organic Salon and Boutique in Lawrenceville. Two years ago, she moved the salon to Emsworth, where she is currently planning an expansion.
Monday, January 9
This morning I’ll open Haute Sauna Studio and prepare for the week ahead, reviewing our social media and any reports. Our goal is to educate people about why they should detox their bodies. The response from customers has been amazing in the short time we’ve been open. A 30-minute session with infrared heat draws out deep toxins—much more than any other type of sweat session would do. And people love it.
For lunch, I’m going to run over to Fresh From the Farm Juices in Wexford for a gluten-free vegan muffin and their Limey Green juice.
Tonight, I have a yoga class at South Hills Power Yoga in Dormont, where I just moved into a home with my boyfriend Pete, and our dogs Honey and Heinze.
Tuesday, January 10
Today I’ll head to my full-service organic salon, Be Pure, where I’m one of two hair stylists. After 15 years, my regulars are like my family. The salon is located in a 120-year-old farmhouse in Emsworth, and it’s super relaxing. All of our products are organic, so we don’t have the toxic smells or antiseptic atmosphere of most salons.
I’ll bring a salad for lunch and pick at it when I have time.
Lori will meet me at Haute where we will have a tandem sweat session. I’m so grateful for our friendship and we’ll talk away while we detox.
No plans this evening except to snuggle up with Pete and Honey and Heinze. We’ll order takeout from Amazing Wok in Dormont.
Wednesday, January 11
I’ll open Haute again today, where Lori and I have a morning meeting to review business. At this point, we’re still able to accommodate walk-ins, though early mornings, evenings and Saturdays fill up fast. Lori and I have a meeting with Chelsea Collective, the Ross Park Mall fitness store for women, about cross-marketing opportunities. We’ll host their management team for a sweat session and then plan cross-marketing.
For lunch, I’ll swing by First Watch cafe in McCandless for the farmhouse skillet breakfast. I know it’s not a clean-eating meal but I love it! Then I’ll go to the salon to finish a long workday.
Pete has promised to have food ready when I get home around 9 p.m. He’ll prepare something from Sun Basket. If it’s not too cold, we’ll take the dogs for a walk around the neighborhood.
Thursday, January 12
I plan to jumpstart my morning with a yoga class at Salt Power Yoga in Sewickley. I’ve been practicing there for a couple years. The teachers are great and the studio is beautiful.
Then I’ll grab a coffee from my favorite barista, Emma, at Crazy Mocha—if I have my caffeine, I’m happy.
Before I head to the salon, I want to pick up sushi from The Slippery Mermaid to share with the salon staff for lunch.
Friday, January 13
An early start today so I can get to boot camp class at Pittsburgh Pro Fitness in Emsworth, not far from our salon. I was so glad when a facility opened within walking distance of my workplace.
This afternoon, my contractor, Mike Kestanti of MK Remodeling, is coming by to discuss the plan for an addition and renovation that will allow me to expand the salon.
It’s date night with Pete. We’re going to Il Pizzaiolo in Mt Lebanon. They’ve got a cozy wine bar and we love the Margherita D.O.C. pizza with San Marzano D.O.P. tomatoes.
Saturday, January 14
This is typically my busiest day at the salon. I’ll spend most of the day there and then head to Haute in the late afternoon for closing time at 4 p.m.
Saturday is our night to unwind because I don’t work the next morning. Pete and I will get dressed up and go Downtown for dinner at Social House 7—we’re hooked on the small plates. I usually have a glass of Prosecco.
Sunday, January 15
We sleep in! We like to start out with a yoga class at South Hills Power Yoga before having an indulgent breakfast at The Dor-Stop on Potomac Avenue in Dormont.
Later we’ll pile the dogs into the car to head to my mom’s house in Bethel Park for a big Sunday meal with my brother, sister-in-law and niece. My mom is the best cook, and there’s comfort in sharing a day with family before another busy week begins.
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