Monday, December 7, 2009


I have always coveted Glassybabies from my first encounter...I have a couple of my own at home and REALLY wanted to get a few in the restaurant...which we now have!  I asked Valerie Waltz, Communications Manager with the company to give me a little background on the's what she had to say:  Glassybaby were born in 1998 when founder Lee Rhodes was in her third round of battle with a rare form of lung cancer. Lee found serenity in a small, tough, colorful glass vessel made by a family member for whom she had purchased glass-blowing lessons as a Christmas gift. When Lee’s recovery progressed, she started making these glass vessels on her own, which she called “glassybaby”. She opened her first glassybaby store and studio in Seattle in 2003. Today, there are 5 retail locations, more than 70 employees and a dedicated legion of followers.  The mission behind the company is to give back to charity and inspire people with her product.

To date, glassybaby has given more than $300,000 to charity, and owner Lee Rhodes’ goal is to earmark 10% of all glassybaby sales to charity by the end of 2010.