LIV - Liverpool 's new independent healthy living department store will open its doors tomorrow.
The new organic and natural food market, café and health and beauty destination has 10,000 sq ft market area and 50 seat restaurant.
In the heart of the city鈥檚 thriving independent food and drink quarter, LIV aims to celebrate the best that Bold Street has to offer and the ECHO were invited for an exclusive look inside before opening day.
The LIV concept is being launched by Knowsley-based Healthy Food Supplies.
Inside, the market area is a must for foodies, with bespoke individual sectors, where customers are encouraged to wander round and ask the friendly experts for advice.
The team have been hard at work sourcing the finest fresh, local and seasonal produce, with chilled, fresh and frozen sections.
The beautiful eatery is the perfect place to relax and people-watch, or catch up with friends, enjoying views onto Bold Street.
The menu offers something for everyone, including the best delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes, with meat dishes too, as well as a strong awareness of dietary requirements, such as gluten and dairy free options.
In a dedicated health and beauty area there will be a first-rate range of vegan cosmetics, brushes and skincare, catering for a burgeoning sector of the beauty industry.
LIV鈥檚 Ashleigh Coleman told the ECHO: 鈥淭he response has been fantastic. Since we announced we were opening we鈥檝e had such amazing feedback. Bold Street is a great location for independent businesses, particularly in the food and drink sector, it just seems the ideal place for us to be.
鈥淭here is real demand for fresh and seasonal foods, and the growing vegetarian and vegan market means it鈥檚 the perfect time and place for a healthy living department store like LIV to open in the heart of Liverpool. We can鈥檛 wait to welcome our first customers in through the doors.?/p>
Other stand-out elements in LIV鈥檚 food and drink offer includes a specialist herb and spice selection where keen cooks can help themselves from dispensers, fill up packaging, weigh and print off a price label.
Ashleigh added: 鈥淲e鈥檒l have fresh fruit and vegetables, and on-the-shelf products like pastas and sauces, plus a cheese and deli counter ?again supporting local producers ?and an in-store bakery.?/p>
Stepping into the Art Deco grandeur of the iconic site, built for the gas board as Radiant House, customers will be greeted by a large feature wall artwork, celebrating Liverpool's cityscape and all its world famous sights.
Healthy Food Supplies has chosen Liverpool as its first LIV location, and Ashleigh sais the response to the initial announcement gave them confidence that customers are keen to see an organic, natural food market in the city.
鈥淗ealth and lifestyle have become such a big issue and people are appreciating them much more, so we hoped to get a positive reaction, but it went wild as soon as we first revealed our plan.
鈥淟IV isn鈥檛 just about healthy food and natural beauty products, we want to develop a community aspect too which I think are all a part of that lifestyle.?/p>