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L!VE Cafe, Brainchild of Proviso West Grad, Now Open for Business

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An employee prepares an order on Monday inside of the newly opened L!VE Café in Oak Park. | Michael Romain/VFP

img_5080Tuesday, February 7, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywood

After a soft opening last Sunday, L!VE Café, the new specialty coffee shop located in nearby Oak Park, is officially opened for business.

The café is the brainchild of Reesheda Washington, a graduate of Proviso West High School, and her husband Darrel Washington.

As recently reported, Darrel has described the space as “an event cafe and creative space that aims to build bridges between communities with different demographic make ups, specifically the Oak Park and Austin communities.”

The café’s interior is a mosaic of tones and colors that are as enlivening to the senses as its specialty brewed cups of joe. There are reclaimed doors that double as movable walls that can be slid in and out of place for meetings.

Artfully distressed metals and woods define most of the furniture, including the coffee bar and a long meeting table that anchors the facility’s enclose-able back space. Reesheda, an artist, painted some of the colorful, Basquiat-style works hanging from the white walls.

The space, like the coffee, is bright, it’s airy, it breathes and pulses, but not too erratically. Once you step inside, you may not want to leave.

The café’s official grand opening is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, but you can stop by in the meantime. For more info on L!VE, click here.

L!VE is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. VFP

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