An artisanal glassware, tableware and home decor brand is relocating its headquarters and distribution center from Stamford, Conn., to North Charleston, making an investment of more than $1.9 million and creating an anticipated 51 jobs.
Founded in 2001 by the married couple Capucine Gooding and David Gooding, Juliska creates artisanal stoneware and mouth-blown glass and sells more than 900 products.
The company’s new location in Palmetto Commerce Park will serve as a combination headquarters with corporate offices; design and photo studio; factory outlet store; and distribution center, the latter of which is expected to be completed in October. An online outlet store will follow in November.
“Businesses from around the world are looking to call the Palmetto State home, and the fact that Juliska chose Charleston County for their new headquarters shows that our reputation as a state with a competitive business environment and a strong workforce is continuing to pay off for our citizens,” Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt said.
The Goodings are frequent visitors to the area and said for years they have dreamed of relocating their company here.
“North Charleston is synonymous with handcrafted,” North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said. “Juliska complements our local economic strengths and highly skilled workforce of artisans, and we wholeheartedly welcome this world-class company to the North Charleston community.”
Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey gave credit to the city’s intermodal logistics, which will provide worldwide connectivity for Juliska’s supply chain and customer base.
S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said the Southeast’s population growth is driving imports of retail goods, making Charleston County an ideal location for Juliska’s distribution center.
In a statement, the Goodings said, “The historic architecture, natural beauty, growing business community and abundant sense of ‘family’ here are the perfect fit with our European heritage and brand values. ... What better place than Charleston to build our next chapter.”