Name: Lauren "LP" Paylor O'Brien
From: I am originally from the Bronx, NY. I moved to Washington, DC in 2010 when I started nursing school. I have been in DC for 11 years.
Neighborhood: Wheaton, MD
IG: @lpdrinksdc // @fohealth
Business: LP Drinks // Focus on Health
Q: Do you consider yourself booze-free?
A: Not totally but I *love* supporting the lifestyle!
Q: Why is it important to be a booze-free ally?
A: I believe living a life of moderation is important and living mindfully is a great way to get started on this journey. I am a booze free ally because I believe that there should not be shame associated with incorporating abstinence into your lifestyle. Additionally, the decisions we make that are best for our lives should come with support from allies and friends.
Q: How has COVID-19 affected you (and your business, if applicable) and the way you relate to DC?
A: My business started in March 2020, right when the pandemic began. We have been able to be a resource and tool that the Food and Beverage community utilizes to take better care of themselves. The pandemic has made me feel closer to the DC community. Through my recourses with FOH and Seedlip we have been able to give back and support in various ways. Focus On Health is a company that advocates for the health and wellness of food and beverage professionals. We explore five pillars of wellness that are most closely associated with issues that arise in the food and beverage industry: financial, physical, social, mental and environmental wellness.
Q: What do you love most about DC?
A: I really love how much DC reminds me of NYC. I have become invested in the culture and in the history of DC. I spent my entire adult life in DC and have learned some of the hardest lessons of my life here.
E A T
Top 3 restaurants in DC
Into sweets? If so, fave ice/cream gelato shop?
Riggs DC has some of the best ice cream that I have ever had.
D R I N K
Top places to get zero-proof cocktails Maydan Gravitas Fave #madeinDC beverage brand Shrub District
Fave coffee and/or tea shops
Fave juice/smoothie spots?
P L A Y
Fave music venue 9:30 Club
Best booze-free date idea Touring all of my favorite bars in DC that have N/A options: Riggs, Maydan, Serenata, Service Bar
Top museum or art gallery pick African American History Museum Holocaust Museum
Fave #madeinDC small biz/brand Dolcezza
Most quintessential DC pastime
Walking and touring the National Mall at night.
R E N E W
Fave nature spot in the DC area National Arboretum
Fave nature getaway within 2 hours of DC Rock Creek Park or Humpback Rocks Trail
Fave fitness option Balance Gym
Fave wellness/woo/substance-free community or activity Focus On Health wellness classes <3
S U P P O R T
What are the causes that matter most to you in the DC area? How can others help?
What is the one thing you hope this strange time in history will do for DC -- and for humanity?
I really hope that this time reinforces how important community is.