A few weeks prior to Mother’s Day 2017, Jason Haddad, a married father of two, was scratching his head, trying to come up with gift ideas for his wife Ewelina.
Because she was born in Poland, his initial thought was he’d get her something to remind her of her homeland. After scouring the internet for hours, however, he failed to turn up anything close to what he had in mind.
Sure he could have shrugged his shoulders and gone with flowers and a bottle of wine (we hear Adoria Vineyards in southwest Poland makes a nice Pinot Noir). Instead Haddad, founder of Creative Design Contractors, a Winnipeg firm specializing in kitchen and bathroom renos, put on his thinking cap by using a jigsaw to cut a pre-stenciled piece of wood into the shape of Poland. He then sanded and stained it, transforming it into a one-of-a-kind piece of wall décor. "She fell in love with it right away," he says, seated in a bustling Corydon Avenue café. "So much so that a few days later, when she was still going on about how cool it was, I started thinking, you know, there are close to 200 countries in the world. Maybe there’s an opportunity to turn this into a business of some kind." World Table Company, which Haddad runs with his partner Luis Barros, made its official debut in December 2017, a few weeks before Christmas. The pair didn’t have to wait long to find out they had the makings of a global hit on their hands. Soon after launching their website, they were contacted by a Winnipegger interested in purchasing a coffee table in the shape of Italy for his father-in-law, a native of Toritto, a picturesque town located about 20 kilometres from the Adriatic Sea.
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