Originally from Newfoundland, shop owner Kristen is as cool as they come. With a background in hospitality and tourism management, Kristen has worked in hotels, cruise ships and with the Toronto International Film Festival. Surprisingly, she's never worked behind the wood, but as she says, "has spent plenty of time on the other side. You can learn a lot there, too." Amen to that.
Kristen was kind enough to host the ORGNL.TV team in BYOB and we can't say enough about the place. The store is a booze mecca — its gorgeously-conceptualized walls hold all the necessary ingredients to experiment with at-home mixology.
The BYOB shopping experience is complimented by Kristen's unique aesthetic, fantastic music selection, overall welcoming vibes and shelves upon shelves of the world's coolest barware. Once we saw the line of gold coupe glassware, the Stoli team was ready to move in.
We sat down with Kristen to learn about BYOB's origin story and to pick her brain on the latest cocktail trends shaping how Torontonians drink."