India Today - - SIMPLY DELHI - by Ekta Mar­waha

Started by Anil and Camel­lia Satija in Oc­to­ber, 1986, Rio Grande con­tin­ues to be one of Delhi’s favourite shops for kitschy home dé­cor, gift items and quirky sta­tion­ary prod­ucts. Orig­i­nally started as a bak­ery in GK- 1’ s M block mar­ket, it was soon trans­formed into a store where one could buy sta­tion­ary sup­plies, hobby re­lated items, and pet care prod­ucts. “Back in the day these items were sold in few out­lets and that’s why we de­cided to set up Rio Grande,” says Camel­lia. As the years went by, the store kept in­creas­ing and sub­tract­ing their de­part­ments, but the life­style sec­tion still re­mains the most fre­quented one. Here, you will find a num­ber of dé­cor and util­ity items from both In­dia and abroad— from a coaster de­signed by a stu­dent of NIFT to paint­ings by de­signer Ro­hit Kant. The store also stocks items by quirky brands like Hap­pily Un­mar­ried, Play Clan, Chum­bak and more. In its present avatar, Rio Grande has a blend of eth­nic and con­tem­po­rary prod­ucts, so you can shop for gor­geous Bud­dha stat­ues, Tan­jore paint­ings, cush­ion cov­ers, quirky posters of Su­per­man v/ s Mo­ham­mad Ali among oth­ers. The sta­tion­ary sec­tion com­prises a host of fold­ers, pens, lap­top cases, fancy hand­made pa­per, and many prod­ucts like pen stands made of re­cy­cled ma­te­rial. Dur­ing fes­ti­vals this store be­comes the hot spot for both lo­cals and tourists, as they have the most in­ter­est­ing and in­no­va­tive col­lec­tion of gift items and de­signer prod­ucts. So be it Rakhi, Di­wali, Holi or Christ­mas, make a trip to find some­thing out of the or­di­nary.

COST Rs 50 on­wards for a pa­per en­ve­lope and Rs 1,200 on­wards for frames

WHERE M 39 Main Mar­ket, Greater Kailash- I

TEL 929231705; ri­ograndein­dia. com;

USP Wide range of de­signer home dé­cor prod­ucts

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