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