Family-owned Kalethy Living offers healthy treats for everyone
While many businesses shut their doors in recent months, some for good, due to the coronavirus pandemic, others found a way to thrive in more ways than one. In May, BRIAN and SANDI ROYES opened Kalethy Living, a local, family-owned smoothie café.
After working in telecommunications for a combined 17 years, they realized they wanted a change. They wanted the freedom associated with business ownership and making their own rules and schedules.
After some thought, the idea to open a smoothie shop seemed like the perfect solution.
“We make them every day; why not get creative and go further,” Brian Royes says.
Going further meant offering options that can cater to dairy-free and vegan diets. The ideas were flowing, but getting the ball rolling logistically was another story.
“We had no idea what we were doing, but we set on a mission to get funding, find a contractor, and pour our soul into this,” Brian Royes says.
Perhaps the greatest achievement in this endeavor was that Brian and Sandi Royes relied on no one else to make their dream a reality.
“I think the uniqueness about it all is that no one helped – just my wife and me,” Brian Royes says. “We negotiated lease agreements, tenant allowances, contractor prices, researched equipment and supplies, and frankly, we got it done.”
And, the most heart-warming part of it all is the main motivation for the change in career.
“We wanted a better life for our kids,” Sandi Royes says. “While we were making good money in corporate America, we were sad and never got to spend real quality time with our kids, Cameron and Carmen.”
Aside from the impressive dedication to business and family, the menu will keep even the most health-conscious consumer coming back for more.
Options include smoothies, smoothie bowls which are thick smoothies that must be eaten with a spoon and usually include fruit granola and nut butter toppings, and coffee from Costa Rica.
“Costa Rica is the only country in the world to make it illegal to plant any coffee less than 100% arabica beans; that’s why we choose to import our coffee from Costa Rica and cold brew at least 18 hours,” Sandi Royes says. “Also, Brian’s mother is from Costa Rica, so that’s a no-brainer. We also use 100% fully compostable straw, napkins, cups, bowls, spoons, carry out trays, and bags, and buy only fresh, local produce.”
Kalethy Living also offers a variety of toasts served open face with avocado, peanut butter, almond butter, and more.
Because they started Kalethy Living from scratch, recipes are created from hours of trial and error. The result is popular options like the mango pineapple smoothie which includes fresh, sliced mango, pineapple, and coconut milk, as well as El Aguacate toast that is whole-grain toast with mashed avocado, pink Himalayan salt, cracked black pepper, and cherry tomatoes.
While many have found the quarantine months difficult in terms of exercising and eating healthy, those who have discovered Kalethy Living know they are getting just what they need to fuel their bodies well for whatever life may throw their way next.
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