We had the good fortune of connecting with Michael Bright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michael, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
At the very least, twice a month Health Is Wealth Lifestyle gathers people to explicitly acknowledge their health is paramount. We foster community and a personal inventory of where people are. We perform high intensity workouts, but there’s always a space for our participants to slow down, calm their breath and be open. I believe that mindfulness and connection is the best part.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
What sets Health Is Wealth Lifestyle is its commitment to community. While other lifestyle brands sell clothes, we strive to generate communal involvement. I’m most proud that customers know we are invested in their overall well being. Even in the throes of the pandemic we made a consistent effort to show up virtually for our community and provide a space for them to exert and express themselves.
The biggest challenge is consistently being present in your customers’ lives. With the bustle of everyday and the demands of life, our big question is why should a customer deem us important enough to give attention to and spend their money. It’s our authenticity and care. You can not fake sincerity and our patrons know that of us. As we grow, we want those new to our brand to know we take the totality of their humanity to heart. Life isn’t easy, but hopefully we provide space and goods that aid the care of your health.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To eat we’re headed to Toca Madera. Perhaps a little pricey for tacos and Mexican fare, but the plantain chips and guacamole are superb. For a good hang we’re headed to E.P. L.P. The rooftop bar has an awesome view of the city, and depending on current events the establishment sets up a timely experience. At the onset of Covid they curated a cool palm tree/oasis vibe replete with insta opportunities for those who were interested in highlighting the night.
For drinks there is Perch, Ace Roof Hotel, the H Hotel, The Standard Rooftop, Laurel Hardware, The Library Bar, or Mrs. Fish. The list goes on but for a good drink and chill vibes, the aforementioned are wonderful.
Drinks and food aside we’re spending a lot of time outdoors. We’ll do a Runyon Hike, run up the Firebreak Trail to Griffith Observatory and down the other side towards the Greek Theatre. To take in the beach we’ll run from Santa Monica to Venice or vice versa. Head further west to Temescal Canyon or east at Elysian Park. If we end up in the south bay the view from Torrance beach looking at the Palos Verdes bluffs is a sight to behold, as the light breaks through the clouds.
I’m big on taking in culture and architecture as people and space reciprocally constitute one another. Just driving around the city alone we can glean the histories that inform it’s make up. From there we can venture to museums, art shows, and historical sites.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother, Bisi Thomas, and my villages from Oakland, to Lathrop, to Los Angeles. Thank you for the continued encouragement and love. Scores of activists, parents, teachers, and friends who encouraged agency. Thank you.