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This Calls for a Celebration!

blogDorothy Vannan

With the last month of summer ahead of us, the urgency for incredible patio parties is only more apparent.  Here are 4 key products that will make backyard entertaining that much more impressive: 

1) FORM + FUNCTION: Wire Caddy with 4 Glasses by Napa Home and Garden

Mix style, portability, and functionality with this multipurpose rustic wire glass caddy from Napa Home and Garden.  This serving set will bring visions of brunch at a sidewalk cafe on a clear summer morning to your next gathering. The 4 small vintage-style glasses are ideal for juices or small parfaits, veggies & dip and other appetizers, or you can re-purpose the set as a lovely holder for fresh flowers. 


2) PRESENTATION: Wild Pine Serving Boards by Epicure Table

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These naturally-oiled serving boards from Epicure Table are made from certified European Wild Pine.  Their stream-lined shape provide impactful presentation for cheese boards and charcuteries. Dress it up with some flowers from the garden and seasonal fruit, and you'll have stunning summer-time platter for your guests to enjoy!


3) SOMETHING BUBBLY: Punch Bowl by LSA

Beautifully handmade, the classic punchbowl gets a modern upgrade by LSA International. Punch bowls are the ultimate versatile serving-ware with hundreds of uses - indoor and outdoor - however, filling up on your favourite summer punch is a backyard party staple!  For example, try sipping on this punch that pairs the Negroni, a gin-based aperitif, with summer favourites: Prosecco and Sangria! 

Ingredients: 

  • 4 cups assorted fresh fruit (such as berries, pitted cherries, and pitted sliced apricots and peaches)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup Campari
  • 1 cup sweet vermouth
  • 1 cup gin
  • 2 750-ml bottles chilled Prosecco
  • Ice cube

Preparation:

•  Place fruit in large punch bowl. Sprinkle with sugar to taste, if desired; stir and let stand 10 minutes for sugar to dissolve and juices to form. Add all remaining ingredients except ice cubes. Divide punch among 8 tall ice-filled glasses and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com

4) STORAGE WITH STYLE: Lock Eat Food Jars by Luigi Bormioli

This Eco-Friendly line of Lock-Eat jars by Luigi Bormioli are as innovative as they are stylish.  Not only are they reusable and recyclable, they are perfect for storing all types of food and drink after entertaining guests.  The removable glass lid also allows you to use the jars for the presentation of single-servings (amuse-bouche), and the carafes for single servings of multiple types of drinks. Lock Eat jars are easy to fill and easy to pour.  When the fall rolls around, they are perfect for all canning and preserving of fruits and vegetables.  The possibilities are endless!

Renovations have already begun at our Academy Road store, meaning, we are getting closer and closer to opening our doors this fall! I can't wait to continue sharing with you these findings. Have a happy August + enjoy the patio!

With care,
Dorota

April Showers Bring Us May Flowers

blogDorothy Vannan

Spring is here (minus the snow) and our new space is now in possession!

556 Academy Road is currently under demolition and renovations will be underway shortly by Cibinel Architecture. Our designs are going for tender soon and are sure to be beautiful!

One of the fun things about this project is getting to test some of the products. As the weather changes, I've found comfort in a line of plant-based body care called Northlore. This bath and body line is seasonally wildcrafted from the forests and prairie grasslands of the Great North and use loacally sources raw ingredients and homegrown botanicals. Through time-honoured folk techniques, Northlore's natural and sustainable body care will be a welcomed eco-friendly addition to the body products carried through Grace & Company.

Image courtesy http://www.northloregoods.com/

Image courtesy http://www.northloregoods.com/

As I sort through my mountain of papers, this is finally all starting to look real. Keep staying connected for updates (Instagram, FB) on some of the wonderful new products I've been adding to the collection.

with care,
Dorota

Curating Continues...

Dorothy Vannan

Welcome again to our Graceful Blog!

We are so thrilled to have so many of you join us for our monthly updates. We Welcome YOU !

I have been traveling the country to look for unique and wonderful products to make our launch in the summer the best Winnipeg has seen in years. I have been so very lucky to have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful partners and suppliers along my journey.

I have recently found a beautiful line of Pewter accessories from Italy, a lovely addition to any table setting. The company offers many styles but the one I fell in love with is the dinner wear collection (imagine fine bone china with a pewter edge, have not seen anything like it).

However, in my travels I have discovered that customer service is a dying art. I have always said, less is more. But give 150% to the details and treatment of your customers.

I will be attending my last trade show in a few days and hope to complete the collection.

I again thank you for your support and hope to see you soon in the store.

With care
Dorota

Designs Are Underway...

blogDorothy Vannan

We are well into February and our store designs are coming together.

We have had lots of changes as to the shape of the space and overall design, but we are ironing out any bumps so the store has a beautiful look and feel.

I recently returned from a buying trip to Toronto, and it was very successful. I found many new and very beautiful items for the store and met some wonderful people along the way. I guess I am pretty lucky to have such a great team behind me on this new chapter of my life.
I have to say a big Thank you to Allison who hosted me along with an 8 weeks old Wheaten Terrier puppy, Mabel. We managed very well, and accomplished all but paper training for Mabel (its coming along I hear).

I will be traveling to a show in Chicago to complete my purchasing in March, and hope to start on the physical part of the store soon into May. I will keep you informed as we gear up for our store opening
Summer 2016.

Thank you all, for the support and kind words you have said and emailed to me.

With care
Dorota