Adima Aniteye of Manassas is hoping to raise $12,000 on Indiegogo for her company, Queen Victoria's Island Punch. She currently sells a variety of juices, passed down from a recipe that her grandmother sold to family and friends in Monrovia, Liberia. And now Aniteye wants to combine her punch with spirits. She hopes to open a distillery to make a rum-based bottled beverage and distill her own brand of rum.
"As I work on getting the distillery up and running, I will be outsourcing the rum in the mean time in order to launch a line of punch with the rum included called Q.V.I.R Punch," she writes on Indiegogo. The funds raised will go to that effort. And Aniteye says her distillery would be the first woman-owned distillery in Virginia. She writes: "There are currently no distilleries in Virginia that are solely female owned so we would definitely be breaking a few glass ceilings!"