Vija is a true wine lover. She designs beautiful corkscrews and candles
to enhance the wine drinking experience.
Where are you from and where do you live and work now?
- I am originally from the Detroit area. I then lived in Chicago for 8 years, New York for 1 before finally settling down in Toronto. I am a bit of a gypsy, as I continue to run Grenville Society out of Michigan...lots of 4 hour commutes from Toronto to Detroit!
How did you get into the business of designing and selling barware for the home?
- I was fortunate to work for a few very successful and inspirational female owned businesses in the past, namely Tuck Shop Trading Co in Toronto, and for jewelry designer Helen Ficalora in Chicago. I was always so impressed with their ability to create beauty with their items, and in their ability to create a career that fits their lives. I always hoped to follow in their footsteps, and one day 2.5 years ago when I was editing an ugly standard corkscrew out of my Instagram photo, the idea of creating an aesthetically pleasing corkscrew came to mind! From there the collection has grown to include a variety of goods for great guests and hospitable hosts!
"Be Kind, Be Useful, Bring Wine"
Do you have a favorite product?
- It's hard to pick a fav...currently as we are leading into Christmas I am burning my APRES candle non stop! Otherwise my Brunch candle with the aroma of crisp champagne is my usual go-to scent. All that being said, my original antiqued gold pineapple corkscrew will always hold a special place in my heart, as it was the very first item I designed.
What's your favorite drink?
- WINE obviously!! I'v been switching between Chianti and Rioja recently. Can't go wrong with either!
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