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
Jim Maldonis
Mixologist
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.
Kelsey Woodhead
Barserver/Mixologist
Kelsey was born in Lewiston (proud to be born & raised in Maine!). After studying biology in college, she pursued her passion for marine sciences and is currently working in that field. She uses her scientific training to create cocktails with the perfect balance of flavors. She also loves traveling, reading, and the great outdoors!
Ryan
Barserver
Ryan was born and raised in Helena, Montana. He grew up loving skiing, camping and most outdoor sports. After 18 wonderful years in the Big Sky state, Ryan moved to Seattle, Washington. His 10 years on the west coast were spent exploring the beautiful mountains, the Pacific Ocean and all the city had to offer. Recently, Ryan and his girlfriend Sheena (rhymes with Vena), moved to Portland, Maine with nothing but a carload of clothes, books and her many boots and shoes. We love it so far and look forward to exploring more!
Mitch Lynes
Bartender
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."
Rachel Alger
Host/Sale Associate
Grew up Home schooled in the great lakes region of central Maine on an organic farm, studied art in college and has worked in hospitality for many years. Loves traveling and is working towards a life long dream trip to India to volunteer working with elephants.
Nick Archambault
Mixologist
Nick is a native of Portland, Maine with great respect and love for his hometown. He graduated from Portland High School and currently attends Yale University, where he hopes to study astrophysics. He is proud and thankful to work alongside so many people whose passion for mixology and dedication to creating innovative, flavorful drinks is evident every day.
Outside of work, Nick enjoys reading fiction, attending musical and theatrical performances, and thinking about the wonders of outer space. He is an avid sports fan who is fascinated by the scientific intricacies of physical fitness. He looks forward to seeing as much of the world as possible in coming years.
James Fereira
Production Associate
James is a lifelong New Englander who moved to Maine in 1992. He works behind-the-scenes at Vena’s production facility assembling their delicious spirit infusion kits, simple syrups and sugar cube jars. James is a Portland History Docent who also works as a Tour Guide, and writes a monthly food column for the West End News. He has a performing arts background, a certificate in Bartending, and holds a degree in Psychology. He maintains a Commercial Driver’s License, previously working as a Motor Coach Operator. At home, James lives with his room mate, Catsby (who sometimes masquerades as a cat) and enjoys making dessert martinis while chilling-out with friends. In his spare time, he enjoys all things outdoors, and questioning authority.