Philly Just Got a Less Sugary Pumpkin Spice Latte

Plus: Life Time Athletic rolls out a new yoga class, and a new circuit training studio debuts its full schedule, in News You Can Use.

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Le Pain Quotidien just debuted a less sugary version of the classic fall drink, a pumpkin spice latte. / Photograph courtesy of Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien Has Made a Less Sugary PSL

I always sort of forget about Le Pain Quotidien (probably because I mix it up with Au Bon Pain on the reg), especially as a place to grab some coffee. But the chain’s new pumpkin spice latte has sent the bakery shooting back into my consciousness. The drink is made with organic pumpkin purée from Oregon-based Stahlbush Island Farms (can I GET a Portlandia reference up in here?) and has 16 fewer grams of sugar than the OG version at Starbucks. Pro: When I tried it, it didn’t give me immediate brain fog from sugar overload. Con: It doesn’t actually taste very pumpkin-y, sort of like how LaCroix’s flavors are more like whiffs of fruit. Oh, well — it’s still warming, and ordering it makes you feel all the basic fall vibes, which is really the point anyway.

Life Time Athletic Is Debuting a New Class

Speaking of underrated companies, I have a soft spot in my heart for Life Time Athletic. (It was where my dad worked out growing up, and it had a pool and a waterslide, so my sister and I thought it was the coolest place ever.) The fitness chain has made a splash in the Philly market, opening three suburban gyms in the last three years. Now it’s holding a free, public event to inaugurate its new yoga class, yes, but also to give new folks an opportunity to check out the gyms’ extra perks — café, pool, spa, the works. Titled Sol, the guided class is a mix of Ashtanga and flow (think: holding poses for a few breaths but not continuously moving) and will be offered at 6 and 7:15 p.m. on September 26th at the Fort Washington and King of Prussia locations and 10:45 a.m. and noon at Ardmore. RSVP online ahead of time to hold your spot.

WillPower Live Is Hosting a Soft Opening


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It will take a little longer for some of the amenities to be put in place, namely showers and childcare, but the Kensington HIIT/circuit training studio is launching its full class schedule on September 30th. Up until now, owners Abby and Will Mac and Mike and Laura Orfe have been holding free pop-up classes to generate buzz, particularly since the neighborhood isn’t used to having a lot of boutique fitness options. Bonus points for making it particularly easy to join, with a $30-for-the-first-30-days special that is outrageous.