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Meet Leila Caldera of Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla Village

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leila Caldera.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The idea for Trilogy was born when me and my husband wanted to create a business. We knew that any business would consume all of our time so we wanted to do something we felt passionate about. Trilogy is a combination of all the things we love! We wanted to create a business that brought about positive change in the world. We really wanted to create a space that brought the community together, over a shared love of health, mother earth and each other.

As with the start of any new business – we didn’t know how we would be received in the La Jolla community – we were also on top of a roof and we did fear that no one would ever find us and that the business would not succeed. It was a big risk but we took it anyway!

We are honored to have just celebrated our third year in business and we have been going from strength to strength from the day we opened! After just one year we outgrew our space and were very lucky when the space below became available, so we took over an additional 2000 square foot and we basically doubled in size!

Trilogy as you see it today is a buzzing hot spot! We have so many things happening there – from open mic nights, full moon drum circles, meditation classes, craft nights, to name but a few! Our cafe is open 7 days a week and we have 10 yoga and aerial classes a day. We have become a hot tourist destination and we attract people from all walks of life.

Has it been a smooth road?
There have definitely been challenges along the way. The hardest part was during the construction phase, we had signed the lease on the building and we thought that the build out would take around three months. All of our budgets were based on the idea that we would be open by January 2014. We had huge problems with our contractors, the build out took 9 months instead of three and cost three times as much as the initial quote! On top of that – the licensing for the kitchen took so much longer than we had planned for. Building a kitchen on the 4th floor of a building is not an easy task!! We had been paying rent for 6 months before we had even opened and this was the most stressful time as we only had a small initial investment. Luckily, we were very busy from the first moment we opened so everything worked out in the end!

Trilogy was the first business me and my husband opened, so with no experience of the process we had to learn along the way.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Trilogy Sanctuary – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Trilogy is definitely a one of a kind type of business! We offer so many things. We are a restaurant, a yoga studio, and an event space. Our restaurant is known for its unique menu of 100% plant based food. We are one of the only places in San Diego to serve a 100% organic, gluten free, dairy free and soy free menu. People come from far and wide to try our food!

Our yoga studio is the only studio in San Diego to offer infrared classes. We have three studios including a rooftop deck with views out to the ocean. We off so many types of classes – and we are most known for our Aerial yoga. A style of yoga that used an aerial hammock to provide support for the body to stretch in.

Our unique space, with two floors, with our outdoor and indoor spaces hosts a whole array of community events. From yoga workshops, meditation classes, speaker series, movie nights, to full moon drum circles, ecstatic dance parties, poetry nights and so much more! We are a space that encourages performance art so our events are filled with many artistic expressions of movement – including fire dancing and circus style aerial arts. Our events are different than most since we are not the typical bar style venue. We promote the idea of socializing and having fun in a healthy and nourishing environment, serving our health promoting drinks and elixirs such as kefir soda, kombucha and cold pressed juices.

As a company, we are most proud of continuing to support the community by creating space for people to be inspired to live a healthy lifestyle. We bring together like minding people in a nourishing environment. As the business owner – I receive so many thank you’s – and I hear so many stories of how Trilogy has been such a positive impact in their lives. It has a rich community and is an incredibly welcoming space to all. I am proud of our values as a business, always striving to be as eco – conscious as we can.

We attract a whole variety of people, who come together with a shared passion for a healthy and nourishing lifestyle.

Anyone who steps foot in Trilogy can see and feel how different we are than most other business. Where else can you come for a casual lunch and happen to catch some aerial dancing acrobats in full flow on top a roof?! There truly is no other place like us. We are one of a kind!

The strong sense of community, especially between our employees creates a supportive environment, we feel like one big family! We are a group of people all striving to make a positive difference in the world. We didn’t create this business because we wanted to be rich, we created it so that we could enjoy a better life and we can share what we love with the community. I believe this authenticity is tangible and is why we have been so successful.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love the sunshine and the sea, the beautiful nature that is so close by.

I dislike that it get SO busy in the summer and there is nowhere to park by the ocean!

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