There have been a ton of new stores opening in Houston this summer, but for me nothing comes close to the excitement of DEFINE Mind & Body's first retail concept and dedicated meditation space, DEFINE Living, located at 2515 Morse St. (right next to its new event space, LifeHTX).
Obviously I jumped at the chance to get a personal tour from DEFINE Health and Wellness Director Melanie Lauren. The space itself is simply, well, gorgeous. I don’t mean to gush here, but it is clear an enormous amount of care went into designing it, and you can feel the attention to detail in the carefully curated and locally sourced products they carry.
I have been a Define fan for years (as a self-proclaimed Skinny Fat girl, I saw more results from their classes than anything else I have tried over the years) and am happy to report that the retail store carries that same vibe of instant zen when you walk in—or “hip-zen” as they like to call it.
The shop carries a variety of body and beauty product lines, home accessories, books and apparel along with a fully stocked tea bar. I had some complimentary ginger-infused tea, which is served in a pretty Persian-style glass alongside some dates while lounging in front of the curtained-off meditation area—heaven.
First among the wares to catch my eye was the Source Vital Apothecary line, a favorite of Lauren's, offering a sizable selection of all-natural bath and body products including my personal favorite, the silt body scrub—at $26.95 it's reasonably priced, especially as a little goes a long way. My sense of smell next guided me towards the Potion Collection candles by Spitfire Girl ($40). Designed to mirror ancient Egyptian concoctions, their scents offer protection, seduction, love and of course fortune with the aid of the Egyptian gods emblazoned on each, making them nice accent pieces for your room.
Next up I wandered over to a the wall that displays new apparel by local activewear line DYI, short for Define Your Inspiration. Owned by DEFINE founder Henry Richardson’s sister, Leslie Denby, the line offers stylish, quality activewear you can wear both in and out of the studio.
Honestly, although most of the buzz is about the meditation space, there are so many covetable goods artfully packed into this small space, I haven’t even gotten to the books and jewelry yet! The store carries both high-end and costume jewelry, with a focus on geodes (the geode stud earrings were a favorite), and the literary section will always showcase a local author, per Lauren, as being connected to Houston and is important to both Richardson and the rest his team.
Real talk: the folks at DEFINE have outdone themselves, creating a space that is warm and inviting, where you can come to just hang out and have some tea from the Tea Bar, meditate (sign up online for 30-minute living meditation sessions) or, obviously, shop. So while you should already have the Define studios on your fitness radar, you can add DEFINE Living to your shopping radar and give your body and soul a treat.