OC Register Best of Orange County 2011


The Orange Country Register voted The Living Temple Critic's Choice Best of 2011Orange County Register Critics Choice Best of 2011

7310 Center Ave., Huntington Beach; 714-891-5117


Healthy products for the body and the mind are just one slice of what The Living Temple is all about. Information and education round  ut the arsenal of those who every day fight the good fight for health and well-being.

The shop is an unpretentious little place that even those who don’t know a cacao bean from a coffee bean will find comfortable. You’ll find Robin Arthur Jones, who opened the shop about 10 years ago, welcoming you with open arms and an offer to help. The shop is small but open, with seats for the many seminars and workshops held every week. Products are limited because they are, Jones will tell you, the best of the bunch. “We’re not trying to compete with Whole Foods or Mother’s. We offer the best of what’s out there.”

And this “best of” includes food and drinks, beauty and body care, books and videos that can be checked out, and even music. There are crystals and Himalayan salt lamps and, a big draw, the high-alkaline PH, oxygenated bottled water. A state-of-the-art TheraVibe machine is offered for use in the shop and, Jones says, helps with – among other things – longevity, total body wellness and joint pain and can improve athletic performance. And, in the organic category, the store carries raw energy bars, protein powders and beauty products,  among other items.

The Living Temple speakers are what sets this shop apart. Speakers teach on topics as broad as taking charge of your health to the more specific, such as digestion or reversing heart disease. There is a raw food and natural health celebration monthly where participants can sample raw foods and new products, check out new technologies and meet friends.

It’s a great little gem in a world where fast food all too often is the name of the game.

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