Rifino Valentine produces Vodka so tasteful it has medaled at two very prestigious world competitions and he wants to make his hand-crafted special blends in Ferndale Michigan. Even better he wants to build a tasting lounge and provide tours of the soon to be newly renovated pool table manufacturing facility near Nine Mile Road and Woodward.
Rifino Valentine began work on the building in June as reported by the Metro Times and he is using as much Michigan supplied goods as possible and he is even using some recycled materials. He is using ancient reclaimed timbers and bricks from old Detroit warehouses to build his tasting lounge. He is using Michigan labor, grains grown locally and according to the Metro Times he is thinking Detroit first, Michigan second and the only item imported from out of state appears to be the bottles.
He wants to serve the finest of cocktails from real juice and real fruit and his own sour mix and there is no computer controlled, continuous distillation like other producers of vodka use at this establishment. He hopes people will come in, take a tour and sample the delicious vodka.
Even though Rifino Valentine has no idea how his new Ferndale business will succeed he enjoys being a business owner in Michigan and he is willing to get creative and try new and different things in hopes of helping Michigan’s economy, maybe other people will follow his lead and look for more ways to support Michigan’s economy.