Fizz Heads

Spreading Fizz and Joy Throughout the Year!

Johanna Johnson Corman
Co-Owner & Chief Product Inspiration Artist
Johanna is the quintessential late bloomer. She worked her way through restaurant jobs in her twenties. Received her college degree, got married, and had two kids in her thirties, started teaching elementary school in her forties and spawned the idea for Vena's Fizz House when she turned fifty. She is now the creator of over twenty liquid alchemy products - with more up her sleeves - and pinches herself every morning as she drives into work. She loves her staff, their creativity, and adores their enthusiasm. She thinks this is the job that will finally stick. She and her husband Steve (The Bitterest Man in the World) still cannot believe that they own their own business, let alone a bar, and are loving every second of it!

To get in touch, email Johanna at: johanna@venasfizzhouse.com
Steve Corman
Co-Owner, Bitterest Man in The World
A native New Englander, Steve has traveled the world, been to thirty countries, has lived on two islands in Maine, and was a public school teacher for nineteen years (gifted resource for mathematics). He is married to Johanna and has two children. He has recently found himself co-owner of Vena's Fizz House and is the lead "liquid alchemist." Steve is an avid IPA beer drinker who never used a bitter in his life before Vena's was born. He is known as "The Bitterest Man in the World" and loves ANYTHING BITTER. He brings an unparalleled depth of knowledge about bitters and a captivating presence to the liquid scene. He is engaging, informative, and loves to share new ways of approaching liquids not seen in mixology before.

To get in touch, email Steve at: steve@venasfizzhouse.com
Mary Jo Marquis
Director of Business Development
Mary Jo has spent a good portion of her career in the non-profit world combining her skills of strategic planning with program and business development. At Vena's she keeps us organized, doles out a good dose of creativity, and moves us forward - ever forward! A native Mainer, she was a cocktail enthusiast long before her feet graced our door. She loves all things grapefruit and thinks the garnish to a cocktail is like a tie to a suit.

When she's off line - you will find her on the look out for all those things life has hiding behind its back and planning grand adventures that more often than not include swimming, running, biking, or hiking. She captures it all along the way through the lens of her cameras including her father’s Vintage Argus Model A 35mm he used while serving in the Navy in WWII.

To get in touch, email Mary Jo at: maryjo@venasfizzhouse.com
Angela Wagner
Graphic Designer + Web Admin
Born and raised in the Greater Boston area and with a deep love for New England, Angela moved to Portland in 2007. Specializing in branding and illustration as a freelance designer, her work can be found here. Currently, Angela can be found designing numerous labels for Vena’s latest products, plotting out her next trip to Europe, taking care of her special-needs kitties, running trails in Maine, and rewarding her efforts with a whiskey -or- gin concoction!
Molly Grady
Shipping Coordinator
Molly has recently returned to her home state of Maine by way of New York. She spent the majority of her career working in the fashion industry in Manhattan. Although her background is in design, she has spent the last twelve years working her way in product development and sourcing roles. At Vena's, you can find Molly in the warehouse receiving and packing up all online orders. Outside of Vena's Molly spends her time reconnecting with old friends and family, baking up a storm in her kitchen and staying active in the great outdoors.
Jim Maldonis
Mixologist/Lead Class Instructor
After growing up in Arlington, Massachusetts, Jim moved to Maine to attend Bates College and eventually became a high school chemistry and biology teacher. After years of drinking exclusively rum and cokes and gin and tonics, Jim began expanding his beverage palate as well as his home bar, making drinks for his wife and friends whenever possible. When the opportunity to join the Vena's liquid alchemy team presented itself, Jim was quick to jump on board to combine his love of bartending with the enjoyment of educating everyone on the chemistry of bitters and the way they can enhance the flavor of even the most standard of drink recipes. You can find Jim, in between science classes, patrolling the bar and crafting many delicious gustatory combinations.
Mitch Lynes
Mixologist/Photographer
The Impressionists had Monet. Vena's has Mitch. His artful garnishes dance their way across our bar into the hands of delighted guests. See for yourself!

"I enjoy bartending at Vena's for many reasons. First, I enjoy being a part of such a truly unique and successful business and team. One of the primary reasons Vena's is such a great business is that we not only serve customers drinks, we deliver a guest experience that is unlike anywhere else in Portland. Nowhere in Portland will you find bartenders giving their guests the rundown on how bitters are made, the types, and how they are used. Answering questions such as those are what makes bartending so fulfilling at this mixology bar."

"Secondly, which I believe is important for anyone working in any field or business and that is fueling your passion. Working at Vena's has allowed me to do just that. They offer creative freedom that allows all bartenders working there to create their own cocktails and then my personal favorite part - create the art of the garnish. It has acted as a creative outlet for myself as well help fulfill my infatuation for the bar industry."
Caitlin Johnson
Sales Coordinator
Caitlin grew up on an apple farm in Maine and has just returned home after living in State College PA, Boston, and most recently, Hong Kong and Singapore where she taught special education for 5 years. At Vena's, you can find Caitlin working with wholesale customers, reaching out to prospective buyers, and giving tap dance lessons to staff on Monday mornings. She loves dancing, hiking, playing guitar, and spending time with her friends, family, and cat. Caitlin has admired her Aunt Johanna and Uncle Steve's business since the beginning and is excited to be on board as Vena's grows and develops.