What is your business all about? What do you sell/do?
Lively is an athletic apparel and running shoe boutique for women. But that’s just the short answer. We love what we do and love finding the perfect outfit or sports bra or shoes for whatever exercise you do. If you come in for running shoes, we’ll put you on the treadmill, film you, and make recommendations for the perfect shoe for your foot. Into yoga? We have the top yoga brands. More than that, we build community. We host self-defense classes for runners, have a weekly running group and a weekly walking group, and we support tons of local charities and schools.
How long have you been in business?
We opened in August of 2014. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone!
Why did you decide to open in Oak Park?
Lively owners Kate and Anne Pezalla are sisters and native Oak Parkers. We grew up here and love it here. When we were putting together our business plan for Lively, it was quickly apparent that Oak Park was the best spot for us to open. There are runners everywhere and we love that Oak Park really lives the “shop small” credo. We’ve had fabulous support from the community overall, and definitely couldn’t have opened without the support of local running group, Best Foot Forward Running Group.
109 N. Oak Park Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60301