We love it when local small businesses we’ve featured get together! This week we learned the Center for Yoga is now offering zero-waste cups from Pondicherry Dry Goods, a local business based in Brookside offering handmade teas and compostable plates and cups made from palm leaves.
“I was a student at the Yoga Studio before the pandemic and loved the studio and teachers. My chronic lung condition improved so much with yoga that I decided to train as a teacher,” explained Puneet Gupta, who along with her husband Robin, owns Pondicherry Dry Goods and also teaches yoga at the Anderson Munger YMCA.
“Pre-pandemic the studio used to offer hot tea which we students enjoyed,” explained Gupta. “So when my favorite people came back to open the studio and my favorite teachers were teaching, I thought of offering them Pondicherry artisan tea to brew or retail.”
“They weren’t brewing yet but were happy to put some of the teas on the shelf for retail. We took some teas for tasting to Heather Zimmerman, manager and Jeri Caamaño, lead greeter at Center for Yoga. As we poured the teas into the sustainable leaf cups, Heather and Jeri, loved the cups. And the tea!” Gupta told the Buzz.
Zimmerman told Gupta they’d love to use the sustainable cups since they’re in line with the philosophy of the studio. Made from fallen palm leaves, the cups are free of plastics, additives or glues, so they can completely decompose back into the earth without any toxic additives.
“Like yoga, it’s good for the body, nature’s gift going back to nature,” said Gupta, adding, “So that is how the Pondicherry sustainable cups came to the water cooler at the center for yoga!”
Allison Beteta, Assistant manager of the studio, told the Buzz they were thrilled to carry products from local businesses. Recently, she said, they have also restocked the boutique at the studio with Uzi Jewelry, created by a client, and a jumpsuit designed by ShaktiLA.com, another local designer.
“We love partnering with the community; we are all about building community,” said Beteta. You can learn more about Center For Yoga’s new pay-what-you-can community class, on Fridays from 2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., and all their classes at Center for Yoga.
About Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.
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