Wine Down at Vita Vite!
Happy Wednesday Luvs!
I'm really enjoying the 80 degree temperatures across the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham, NC) area lately! It just seems like Winter was longer than usual this year or maybe its just because I adore Summer. However, a favorite guilty pleasure of mine is trying new places to wine and dine in. I joined an amazing service-driven non-profit organization for women called the Junior League of Raleigh. Last night we the Provisional Class of 2015-2016 had our end-of-year celebration. It was a bittersweet moment because many of us connected through this past year and our meetings were social highlights many times in a fast-paced work week. I met Lindsay Rice, the owner of Vita Vite, in the midst of our Provisional Year Color Group meeting. Her personality has always been warm and inviting plus she has an amazing wine collection. So of course your favorite blog had to post about this all too fabulous wine bar and art gallery! We got a chance to chat about her entrepreneurial roots, the meaning of Vita Vite, and her love of art.
So here's how it all went down.....
What made you to decide to become an entrepreneur?
Lindsay Rice: "I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and I knew I wanted to have my own business. My background is in the Arts so I always worked in galleries, museums, and antique shops. I just fell in love with wine and as I learned more about it I decided that it would be a perfect combination to marry the two".
How do you decide which artist to feature in your art gallery?
Lindsay Rice: "We have 13 artists that we represent they are all from the South and that's really the only defining characteristic about them. Their variety of mediums and styles I firmly believe that are more eclectic nowadays. that you might pair a very abstract piece with a more traditional piece. I like the idea of having something for everybody".
What type of events do you host here?
Lindsay Rice: "We have all types of events here during the week. Everything from different clubs, to book functions, and all kinds of things. We do have an event space which is a private room so we've rented it out for birthday parties, engagement parties, or wedding showers, newspaper launch. We can accommodate up to 80 people".
The most important thing for me is for people to feel comfortable. I think art can be intimidating for people and so can wine. You may feel if you don't know enough about it you can't appreciate it but that's not true. I really wanted to break down those barriers and that's why I wanted to create a space that was comfortable that feels like home. - Lindsay Rice
How did you come up with the name ?
Lindsay Rice: "The name is Vita Vite. Its Life and Vine in Italian. It steams from the idea that the vine grows the grapes that make the wine and wine brings people together. So its kind of what everything is focused around which is togetherness".
My favorite food is the Burrata, an Italian Mozzarella type of cheese, and its wonderful especially with bread and olive oil. It's very important to me to have high quality ingredients. Everything is sourced from the South if possible from small family-owned companies. My favorite wine changes everyday, lol, I love Sauvignon Blanc Hunky Dory during the Summer months. - Lindsay Rice
What are things you are looking to do this year?
Lindsay Rice: "The focus now is just to get people in the doors. We opened in December last year and we've had success so far but we still want to get our name out there. Increasing word of mouth and we may start having local events like local artists or tastings later".
What words of advice do you have for prospective entrepreneurs?
Lindsay Rice: " Never underestimate how much of yourself you have to put into it. One of the most important things is for the business to be a reflection of you. You have to live and breath everything about it for it to succeed. Have patience, keep pushing, and trying harder because it does take a lot of work but just seeing something you dreamed of come to life is amazing."
Lindsay's story is truly inspiring! She's taken her love of art and wine to becoming a change agent in downtown Raleigh. Whether your meeting for your next book club outing, having a glass of wine with friends, or closing business deals this warm ambiance is captivating. I've had the pleasure now of visiting a few times and each time the staff was so inviting. Her story teaches us the power of patience and how we are only a few steps away from achieving our dreams. Its been an awesome Provisional year getting to know my JLR friends but after interviewing Lindsay it inspired me to go the extra mile.
Until next time ladies and gentleman this is The Lux Blog - K. Knight