A curated collection of glistening glass awaits

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Diana Fox is standing in front of display shelves of glass items.

Diana Fox fell in love with the chill vibes in Kimberley and decided her new business would fit in well there. — Farshid Torouti photo

If the winter darkness and grey days are getting you down, visit the Mountain Grass Glass Gallery and Smoke Shop, a new store in Kimberley. The brilliant colours will immediately brighten your day.

Owners Diana Fox and Farshid Torouti opened the store in October 2018.

“Our goal is to bring you one-of-a kind functional glass work that is both beautiful and serves a purpose in your life,” said Fox. Many of the items brought in to the store are based on feedback from customers.

“I love finding things that are unique, special and one of a kind,” she said.

An ivory-coloured glass bear is standing on a piece of wood.

Much of the glass art is made by local and Canadian artists. This bear was made by Ed Colberg. — Farshid Torouti photo

Fox majored in glassblowing during her fine arts degree and created pieces for about 10 years. Because of a shoulder injury, she is taking a break from blowing glass and is getting Mountain Grass off the ground.

Why did the couple choose Kimberley?

“The first time Farshid and I came to Kimberley together I knew I wanted to live here,” Fox said. “I instantly fell in love with the chill vibes, the friendly people and all the unique things going on here—it didn’t feel like anywhere else I’d been to.”

Shelves of brightly coloured glass items line shelves.

Mountain Grass is focused on curating a collection of the best functional handmade glass. — Farshid Torouti photo

Virginia Rasch

Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business. View all of Virginia Rasch’s articles

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