Nestled inside Lileo, one of the Distillery District’s favourite fashion boutiques, Livia Juice-Bar offers a fresh menu of lunch staples. Livia was named after Galileo’s daughter, in line with the theme of astronomy that inspired the concept of the store. Arlene Pastor, the owner and stylistic visionary behind the store, is committed to using the healthiest ingredients to create foods that will truly nourish the body from he inside out.
Livia fits perfectly with the inviting, feel-good atmosphere inside Lileo. The store, scattered with books and comfortable seating areas, invites shoppers to relax and enjoy the whole experience. With interesting light fixtures and positive imagery lining the walls, the space is a refreshing retreat. Livia offers an environment for visitors to take a break and recharge while exploring the Distillery. The healthy and fresh menu choices are sure to provide energy and sustenance between visiting the neighbourhood shops and galleries.
Everything is made to order at Livia, including a wide selection of healthy paninis, salads, soups and alternative smoothie beverages. Careful thought and research goes into each product, right down to the Fiji spring water. Fiji is bottled in the hardest plastic to avoid contaminants and is the only water that contains silicon, a nutrient that enhances nails and skin.
Livia offers plenty of organic and raw options that promise not only delicious taste, but also provide maximum nourishment. The smoothie options include elixir tonics and E3 Live, which is a popular nutrition supplement with natural healing power that provides an unmistakeable boost of energy. Livia regulars rave about the fresh sandwich variety and the quality smoked turkey that comes from Montreal. Also tempting on Livia’s menu is the Goddess Grilled Cheese, which is made with three types of cheese and dressed with rich truffle oil.
For the last ten years, Arlene Pastor has been hand-selecting designers and fashions for Lileo clothing store. It has since become one of Toronto’s most coveted shopping destinations. Lileo was named after Galileo Galilei, the famous physicist and astronomer most known for inventing the telescope and making major astronomical observations. His interesting work with sunspots and light translate to the interior design and architecture of Lileo. Integral to the design is a contemporary light fountain that creates a galaxy-effect as the bulbs shine down in circular spirals.
Arlene was driven to launch Lileo and Livia after the loss of her husband. Intent on creating a joyful space and creating a difference in some small way, Lileo was established from a special place in her heart. Arlene chooses all of the store’s products and decor with compassion. Many of the designs use little or no dyes, in order to be gentle on the environment and body. Also, mannequins are nowhere to be found within the store’s walls to promote positive body image and self-love.
Just as Lileo is constantly rotating fresh fashion designs, Livia is constantly evolving with new and delicious menu options to try. Arlene is preparing to launch an exciting new feature to Lileo’s drink menu. The innovative beverage will provide an e-boost that genuinely makes you feel great from the inside out. It is even proven to provide comfort and healing for pregnant women. Lileo’s new alternative drink will be landing just in time to celebrate summer in the Distillery.
Post by Alex Franceschini on May 20, 2013.