People We Love: Khalil Rafati

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SunLife Organics has become a Malibu institution in recent years, their beautifully-hued smoothies and juices ubiquitous from Trancas to Cross Creek. And just as beloved in the community is the chain's owner, Khalil Rafati. While it's hard to imagine him as anything but the charismatic, buoyant presence in his shops, Rafati's journey to his incredible success has been a long one. Once dealing and addicted to drugs, Rafati ended up homeless before going clean in 2003. His sobriety inspired him to found a sober living house in Malibu, Riviera Recovery, in 2007, and continue his passion for healing and nourishing with his first SunLife Organics shop in 2011. "I wanted to do my own version of a juice bar," he said. "A place where we could come together as neighbors, strangers and friends."

Holly Bieler