A New (Age) Shrine to Wellness

The founders of the Well — a design-conscious new health club that will open this September off Union Square in New York — are devotees of science, but they also buried crystals in the foundation of the building’s soundproof meditation room. “We are type-A New Yorkers,” says Kane Sarhan of himself and his partners Rebecca Parekh and Sarrah Hallock. “We like facts, data and results — that’s why the Well was built as a science-backed ecosystem for wellness. But we also believe in the ‘woo woo’ and encourage the exploration of approaches to healing and wellness that are more spiritually based.” Accordingly, the space, an 18,000-square-foot shrine to holistic well-being, will offer a reflexology lounge and a meditation studio but also a full-service spa and private training gym for its members. It will also include an organic cafe from the team behind the health-conscious West Village restaurant Cafe Clover that will be open to the public. “We think somewhere in the middle is where the magic happens,” says Sarhan.